You were the MVP and star of your high school football team. Your body could take a beating and still keep up the pace. Unfortunately, during one game, your leg took most of the punishment. Slowly, the pain began to intensify in your knee. The injury would later be understood to have ruptured your ACL, and the damage was bad enough that no one expected you would ever be able to return to contact sports again. Thankfully, ACL reconstruction exists.
A Common Injury
According to certain reports, injuries occurring to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) constitutes the most common ligamentous injuries. In fact, there are 200,000 of these injuries that occur every year, many of which result in ACL reconstruction surgery.
Dealing with Weak Muscles
When you have ACL reconstruction surgery, you are not going to be able to use your leg for some time. This is going to create a situation where the muscles in your leg will tend to be weak for a while. You must prepare to be ready to not have full mobility for the duration of recovery, and in time, you should be able to work the injured leg out and restore most of the leg’s mobility and functionality.
Eventually, your ACL will heal up, and it will be functional again. This means you will no longer have any excuses for not getting up and moving around. It is going to be important to stick with any physical therapy necessary for keeping your knee moving and to get it back in shape. It will also be tempting to want to jump back into your normal routine with both feet, but your knee may not be ready for that yet. Go slow, and give your knee ample time to reorient to the tasks you perform each day.
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