Although running appears to be a simple sport in theory, it is a challenging activity to master. Optimal running performance is based on very specific biomechanics, and running inadequacies are surprisingly widespread in causing physical injury. Approximately 80 percent of runners have sustained injury, whether it’s a minor ankle sprain or a more serious ailment like a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a serious, disabling injury with short- and long-term consequences (financial, health and psychological), with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis in the long term.
This injury can range from mild ( Small tear/sprain) to severe (ligament completely torn). Both non-contact and contact injuries can occur, but the common is non-contact injury (e.g. Jumping, Landing ). 70% of the cases are non-contact injuries caused by an incorrect movement and 30% of the cases are contact injuries (e.g. direct contact with another person or object during playing). Because of the anatomical difference, ACL injury is more common in women than men.
ACL injuries typically require surgery followed by extensive rehabilitation periods. According to Ann Rehab Med. in April of 2022, a study was done to compare the result of a 6-month-long rehabilitation with a 12-month-long rehabilitation. They discovered that there is no specific duration of rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction. In the past few decades, patients often return to play in 4-6 months.
A qualified physiotherapist will perform a thorough examination of the knee joint and suggest the appropriate modalities which will relieve the pain such as HIGH POWER LASER THERAPY, SHOCKWAVE THERAPY, UST, IFT, and CRYO 6. Additionally, treatments like Taping, Plyometrics, Myofascial release techniques, Strength exercises and Flexibility exercise may also be recommended.
It’s critical to get input from your physical therapist as you continue through your return-to-running programme on how to improve your running mechanics to make sure your knee isn’t under too much stress. Understanding your biomechanics is crucial to accelerating your recovery and avoiding re-injury.
With the aid of a good physiotherapist, and following the right treatment protocol, you can finally start easing back into jogging with a training focus (e.g., increased mileage, endurance, pace, etc.)
Seeking guidance from a highly trained physical therapist is key to effective recovery, a safe return to running, and the ability to run well for years to come. Physiotherapists at Mokshaa keep a close eye on the patient’s progress in terms of functional status.
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