Now that the weather is cooling down a little, we’re more inclined to spend more time outside. Whether we’re just relaxing on the patio or out playing sports, the cooler weather is a welcome relief. But starting a new sport always comes with a few risks. Whether you’re older or just out of practice, using muscles that haven’t been worked so hard in a while can cause extra strain. And that strain can lead to injuries. Keep reading to learn about ACL injuries and how to treat them.
Sports that are often linked to ACL injuries include those that keep you extra active. We’re not talking about taking morning walks here. Team sports, with their quick play, are commonly linked to ACL injuries. Basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, gymnastics, and downhill skiing are all commonly involved when it comes to ACL tears or injuries, so be careful if you participate in any of those sports. A little extra caution can go a long way.
If you do happen to tear your ACL, there are two main ways to treat it. One way is to rest and let it heal on its own. The other way is to undergo surgery. Both are good options for different types of people.
Treatment for a torn ACL may not include surgery. For those of us who aren’t very active, or those for whom surgery may be too risky, resting can encourage your ACL to heal itself. The non-surgical route may include weeks of staying off your leg, wearing a brace, and icing and elevating the injured leg. A regime of anti-inflammatory medication may also be recommended.
A torn ACL may also require surgery (or it may be highly recommended). For those of us who are very active, athletic, or young, surgery may be the best option. Especially if you have issues with your knee buckling, or if your knee is injured in numerous places, surgery will be better for you.