ACL Repair: Restoring Knee Strength and Stability

ACL Repair: Restoring Knee Strength and Stability

ACL injuries can impact the stability of your knee and limit your ability to move freely. At Franklin County Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping you recover and regain strength in your knee.

Symptoms of ACL Injuries

ACL injuries have specific symptoms that can indicate the injury.

It’s important to be aware of these signs:

  • Sudden, intense pain: You may feel a sharp pain or hear a popping sound when the injury occurs.
  • Swelling: The knee will start to swell within a few hours of the injury.
  • Unstable knee: The knee may feel wobbly or give way when you put weight on it.
  • Limited movement: Difficulty fully bending or straightening the knee, and a feeling of stiffness.
  • Difficulty walking: Pain and instability may make it challenging to walk or put weight on the injured leg.
  • Bruising: Bruising around the knee may appear a few days after the injury.
  • Trouble with physical activities: Running, jumping, or quick movements may become difficult or impossible due to knee instability and pain.

If you experience one or more of these symptoms following a knee injury, it’s crucial to seek prompt medical attention.

ACL Diagnostics and Treatments

Accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial for ACL repair. At Franklin County Medical Center, our experienced team will evaluate your injury and create a personalized treatment plan.

Diagnostic procedures include:

  • Physical examination
  • Reviewing your medical history
  • Imaging tests like MRI scans
  • Discussing treatment options

For minor tears or specific situations, non-surgical treatments may be recommended.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Physical therapy: Targeted exercises to strengthen the knee and improve stability.
  • Exercises: Specific movements to restore flexibility and range of motion.
  • Bracing: Wear a supportive brace to provide stability and protection.
  • Activity modifications: Adjust activities to avoid further strain on the knee.

In more severe cases or for individuals with high stability needs, surgery may be necessary.

Surgical Treatments:

  • ACL repair surgery: This procedure involves removing the damaged ACL and replacing it with a graft.
  • After surgery, a rehabilitation program with physical therapy aims to restore strength and stability to the knee. The duration of the program varies based on individual needs.

Throughout the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process, our team at Franklin County Medical Center will provide personalized care to ensure the best outcome for your ACL injury.

Our ACL Repair Providers

Gregory Hicken, MD

Gregory Hicken, MD

Orthopedics

    Kerry Jepsen, MD

    Kerry Jepsen, MD

    Orthopedics

      Our ACL Repair Location

      Franklin County Specialty Clinic
      64 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
      Second Floor, Suite 200
      Hours:
      Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
      (208) 852-3662

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