Plateauing During ACL Rehab? How to Break Through

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation, we understand that every patient’s journey to recovery is unique, especially when it comes to healing from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. For this reason, our physiatrists take an individualized approach to each patient, working collaboratively with them to determine which combination of treatment techniques is best suited to their needs and preferences. 

Whether your ACL injury is able to be treated nonsurgically in our offices or requires surgery from which we will skillfully help you recover, our doctors are here to provide you with outstanding, holistic medical care. Experts in rehabilitation, we are familiar with the plateau periods during which recovery seems to slow to a crawl, leaving patients frustrated and dissatisfied. Fortunately, we have ways to break through the barriers to continued healing and restart active recovery. 

What Are ACL Tears?

The ACL is one of the key ligaments in your knee, providing stability and preventing the tibia (shinbone) from sliding out in front of the femur (thighbone). ACL tears are common injuries, particularly among athletes and individuals engaging in high-impact activities. These injuries can range from mild, such as a small tear or sprain, to severe, involving a complete rupture of the ligament.

How Do ACL Tears Occur?

ACL injuries are typically the result of sudden stops, changes in direction, quick pivots, incorrect landings from a jump, or collisions with another player during sports activities — commonly basketball, soccer, football, and skiing. In some cases, however, ACL tears are the result of accidents unrelated to sports, such as falls or traffic collisions.

What is the Purpose of ACL Rehab?

The primary goal of ACL rehab is to restore strength, flexibility, and stability to the injured knee, enabling a return to everyday activities and, for many, a return to sports. Rehabilitation focuses on:

  • Reducing swelling and pain
  • Enhancing range of motion
  • Strengthening surrounding muscles
  • Re-establishing balance and coordination 

A successful ACL rehab program is essential for preventing re-injury and ensuring long-term knee health.

Breakthrough Treatments That Can Help Re-Energize the ACL Healing Process

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation, we offer a broad range of ACL rehab methods, both traditional and complementary breakthrough therapies that can re-energize the ACL healing process, including:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which involves injecting the patient’s own blood enriched by a concentration of their own platelets into the injured area to reduce inflammation and expedite healing. 
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy that uses electromagnetic pulses to penetrate muscles, bones, and tendons to activate cells and stimulate natural repair by reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and increasing muscle strength.
  • Physical therapy customized to each patient’s particular needs relative to strengthening the affected knee, improving flexibility, and increasing range of motion.
  • Manual therapy, such as massage and mobilization, to help alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and improve joint function.
  • Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medicine technique now accepted by modern Western medicine as a therapeutic means to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, reduce pain, and facilitate healing.
  • Yoga, now recognized as a useful therapy that enhances core strength and improves balance and flexibility, both of which are crucial for knee stability and ACL healing.

All of these treatments have a place when it comes to successfully breaking through a temporary stall to restart your body’s rehabilitation process. More than that, each of these methods also makes use of the body-mind connection, that is such a significant factor in healing.

Contact Our ACL Rehabilitation Specialists To Give Your ACL Recovery a Boost

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, our doctors understand how important it is for trust to bind the doctor and patient as they collaborate in moving the recovery process forward.
Contact our capable, caring professionals now to give your ACL rehabilitation the jump start it needs to get you back in the game.