The statistics we often hear about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) re-injury rates are pretty scary. While the statistics vary: anywhere from 30-50% of patients who go through ACL reconstruction will suffer a second injury to their ACL or meniscus within 5 years. This makes both prevention of initial ACL injuries as well as prevention of secondary injuries extremely important. This article will take a look at what you can do for ACL injury prevention!

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can feel overwhelming. One minute you are skiing with your family or jumping up to grab a rebound, and the next minute you are hearing the echoes of that classic “pop” and wondering how you will ever get back to the activities you love. Many people are forced to wait months, or even years, for ACL reconstruction surgery due to issues with access to quality healthcare. Others have surgery almost right away, without preparing their knee for surgery and long post-operative rehab afterward. In almost all cases, it is wise to take a month or two to prepare your knee for ACL reconstruction surgery. This article will take a look at the exercises prior to an ACL surgery that will put you in a position for the best possible outcome post-operation!

There is a problem with ACL Rehab. If you tore your ACL, were you told that surgery was your only option? Were you told that after having surgery to address a torn ACL your risk of re-tear is twice as high as the population at large? Were you told that returning to sport within a year after surgery significantly increases your risk of re-tear? Did a physical therapist ever explain to you the importance of regaining quad strength and using that to dictate your return to activities like running, jumping, and playing sports, rather than just time alone? Did anyone tell you that your chances of developing osteoarthritis increase substantially after an ACL tear, whether you have surgery or not? If your answer to any of the above questions was no, then the current system is doing you a disservice. This article will take a look at what is missing in our current model for ACL rehab programs and how technology can help you safely return to sport and protect the long term health of your knee.