How To Treat An ACL Tear

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is what helps keep your knee stable and prevent your tibia from sliding front to your femur. Understandably, when one tears their ACL it definitely is a cause for concern. These types of injuries happen with athletes who perform in physical activity that requires quick shifts in movement and rapid stop-and-go exercises. It’s extremely important to get treatment for the injury as soon as possible to expedite the healing process and avoid the risk of the tear getting worse. Madison Physical Therapy and their talented physical therapists in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay know exactly how to treat your ACL tears and other leg injuries so that your rehabilitation process is worth committing to.


When first tearing your ACL, you might hear a “pop,” following your knee giving out on you. There are other signs showing the symptoms of a torn ACL:

  • Pain while walking
  • Lost range of motion
  • Joint line is especially tender
  • Pain with increased swelling

24 hours following the injury, your knee will begin to swell. Through time, the swelling and pain may work itself out, but if you’re returning to sports, your knee will be very unstable, with an increased risk of damage to your meniscus, which is the cushioning cartilage for your knee.


While it’s possible to recover from an ACL tear without surgery, it’s still smart to do a form of physical therapy pre-surgery, or post surgery if you have surgery. There are many benefits to physical therapy for those going into a surgical procedure:

  • Minimize pain and swelling
  • Building back restoration of range of motion
  • Reduce risk of surgical complications
  • Restore some activation of the quadriceps

Doing exercises to increase your thigh muscle strength will help increase the chances of a quicker recovery and fewer complications during treatment. After checking with a physical therapist in Bay Ridge, you could do some exercises to strengthen your leg affected by the ACL injury:

  • Heel raises
  • Quad sets
  • Bridging
  • Knee bends
  • Hamstring Curls

An untreated ACL injury can notably increase your risk of osteoporosis and if you’re looking to get back to playing the sports you love, physical therapy and following the proper rehabilitation process can assure a healthy recovery. Madison Physical Therapy in Bay Ridge has the talent to treat any injury, and our dedicated physical therapists will work with you every step of the way to ensure you heal properly.

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