Treatment And Treatment Of Rehabilitation

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TREATMENT

Following a specific anterior cruciate ligament injury diagnosis, the first and most important decision for a patient is whether to undergo non-operative or operative management of the injury. In order to establish the most opportune method of treatment there are many components that must be considered, although the decision is ultimately dependent upon the age, activity level, and preferences of the patient. Most often, nonsurgical treatment is chosen for older, more sedentary individuals while surgical treatment is chosen for younger, more active individuals who wish to continue physical activity without modifications.1

NON-OPERATIVE MANAGEMENT

For patients who opt for nonsurgical treatment, rehabilitation intended to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, especially the quadriceps and hamstring, is often the chosen course of action.2 Through such rehabilitation, the general goal is for patients to achieve an optimal functional level while ensuring new injuries or degenerative changes to the knee are not at risk of occuring.3 In addition to rehabilitation, functional knee braces are often used following an ACL injury with the intent of improving knee stability.2 Currently the overall benefit of knee braces is unknown for the majority of ACL patients, yet it has been determined that patients who choose not to undergo surgery and do not cope well with their injury would benefit from bracing while also demonstrating improved awareness body…
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