The professional athletes we see on TV often face serious injuries during their careers. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is a serious injury these athletes often suffer. This is an injury that can leave an athlete for a significant period of time if not properly treated. Fortunately, sports medicine has come a long way and coaches can get athletes back on the field faster than ever. Some of the methods that are used to recover from acl surgery in Singapore are available to everyone, but there are a few secrets or tricks that can be used to really speed up recovery and healing times.
Remember to always ask your doctor’s opinion before applying the following tips. A doctor’s opinion will help you make sure you are doing the right thing to make a quick recovery.
You may not be an athlete who needs to get back to the field quickly, but everyone who undergoes ACL surgery wants to speed up their recovery so they can return to their normal lives. Here are some tips from professionals to help you with your recovery and healing.
- Start your recovery as soon as possible: Once you know you need ACL surgery, start taking some steps to ensure that surgery and postoperative rehabilitation run smoothly by working to maintain range of motion in your knee with low-intensity exercise. Riding a stationary bike is a great way to get some light exercise. It is also very important to do everything possible to control knee swelling prior to ACL surgery. Inflammation is common when the ACL ruptures, and as long as you have swelling, the knee will not heal.
- Being active is key after surgery: for a few weeks after surgery, it is important to reduce swelling, inflammation, reduce the amount of heat generated in and around the reconstructed knee, and increase the range of motion in the knee. For this, cryotherapy plays an important role in recovery. Cryotherapy controls swelling and removes heat from the surgically repaired knee. Professional athlete coaches use cryotherapy systems to consistently apply cold that penetrates deep into the knee tissue, dissipates heat and reduces swelling. In addition, participating in physical therapy will help improve knee flexibility, range of motion, and strength.
- Controlled recovery is key: It is important not to be too active immediately after ACL surgery. Rehabilitation exercises are important from the day of surgery and during the healing process, but too much exercise can delay them. Hence the reason for controlled recovery or, in other words, not lagging behind. One of the reasons professional athletes return so quickly to the field is because they go through a controlled recovery process that allows them to easily return to full activity. A physical therapist is a great person to talk to and learn to do.