What is a cruciate ligament injury?
A cruciate ligament injury is a traumatic injury. We distinguish between anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL respectively). The cruciate ligaments are located centrally in the knee and cross each other. The ACL runs from back to front and stabilises the forward movements of the lower leg in relation to the upper leg. The PCL runs from front to back and stabilises the backward movements of the lower leg in relation to the upper leg. Injuries to the ACL are the most common and are often sports-related injuries (in football, skiing, basketball, squash,…) We distinguish between :
- Stretching or elongation
- Partial rupture or tear
- Injuries to the cruciate ligaments often occur together with injuries to other ligaments (most frequently the inner or medial collateral ligament), the meniscus or cartilage.
Knee dislocation is a rupture of several ligaments, including both cruciate ligaments and the collateral ligaments. A vascular injury (more specifically an injury to the artery) must be ruled out.
Treatment and rehabilitation of cruciate ligament injuries at Move to Cure
- Joint mobility is very important following a cruciate ligament injury.
- We combine mobilising exercises with strengthening and functional exercises. When choosing exercises, we consider
- the client’s level prior to the injury
- the sport practiced
- the cause of the injury
- Move to Cure has rehabilitation centres with state-of-the-art equipment in both Antwerp and Lebbeke. Clients can come train at these centres under the guidance of their personal Move to Cure therapist. This individual approach sets us apart and guarantees a faster, more fundamental rehabilitation.
- In addition to the exercises in the rehabilitation centre, we often also include aquagym or outdoor sessions on the track or in the sand. We choose the surface that closest resembles the “natural habitat” of the client, based on the sport they practise. This allows us to get the client back to the level they were at as soon as possible.
- When treating athletes, it is important to return them to the level they were at in as little time as possible. For this reason, we often include endurance training in the exercise therapy, combined with functional exercises on the field. This way, the athlete can resume normal training as soon as possible.