Knee’s Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction rehabilitation physiotherapy at home in London or at the practice in Moorgate, Clapham or Belgravia following ACL reconstruction surgery
Our specialised physiotherapist has years of experience dealing with patients that are recovering from ACL and knee surgery, and is trained in orthopaedic physiotherapy in France. He is also a qualified personal trainer, so he can help athletes get back into sport as quickly and as safely as possible after surgery.
ACL reconstruction Rehabilitation at Home or at the practice
London Home Visit Physiotherapy offer rehabilitation treatment after the surgery at your home in London, as it will be difficult to walk following the surgery and your knee will be in a brace for the first month of recovery. After the first month of rehabilitation, treatment can take place at the practice, either in Moorgate EC2 near Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate Station, Clapham SW4 between Clapham south and Clapham Common Belgravia SW1 near Victoria station.
If you travelled to London to have the surgery done by a specialist knee surgeon and you will be staying at a hotel or rented accommodation, our physio can visit you there.
If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.
If you cannot find an appointment which suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction physiotherapy rehabilitation In London
ACL tears cause instability in the knee and the surgery aims to repair the tendon and restore the normal levels of stability and function the knee had before the injury. However, stability is also regained by strengthening the muscles around the knee (quadriceps, calf muscles, hamstrings), so strengthening exercises are an important part of rehabilitation.
Surgery can cause oedema in the knee area, thus limiting the range of motion. Lymphatic drainage and circulatory massage during the initial recovery period will help reduce swelling and improve the range of motion fast. Massage can also help manage pain immediately after the surgery.
As part of the rehabilitation process, the physiotherapist will work with the patient on passive and active mobilisation and gentle stretching exercises, in order to restore range of motion. Towards the end of the recovery period, the physiotherapist will also start working on improving balance with proprioception techniques, which will help prevent injury in the future.
Our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA PPP), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised
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What is anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL reconstruction)?
ACL reconstruction surgery uses a graft to replace the ligament. During the procedure, the torn ligament is removed from the knee and a graft is inserted in an arthroscopic procedure. The most common grafts are autografts, employing tissue from the patient’s own body. Another choice is allograft tissue, which is taken from a donor. The surgery is usually done by making small incisions in the knee and is performed either on regional or general anaesthesia.
What is an ACL tear? What are the causes of an ACL tear?
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears usually affect athletes that engage in high demand sports such as football, basketball, rugby and American football. They are the result of trauma or injury during exercise and can be caused by
- Collision or direct impact
- Changing direction suddenly when running
- Slowing down or stopping too suddenly when running
- Landing awkwardly from a jump with high impact
Female athletes are affected by ACL injury more often due to differences in physical conditioning, muscular strength, neuromuscular control and the hormonal effects on ligaments. Depending on the severity of the injury, reconstructive surgery might be necessary in order to regain full function of the knee joint.