Where you go for your rehab matters. If you’ve torn your ACL, research shoulds about 45% of athletes never return to their previous level of sport, and 1 in 3 athletes either retear their same ACL or tear their opposite ACL Why would anyone accept these odds? And is there a better answer? The good news is you can significantly reduce the risk of re-injury and improve your chances of full recovery through proper rehabilitation and objectively testing your knee before you return to sport. Our ACL specialists are experts in ACL rehab, and would love for the opportunity help you too.


Step 1:
Restore Range of Motion; MAINTAIN STRENGTH & FITNESS

After surgery, your muscles begin to atrophy and lose strength almost immediately. The sooner we intervene during your early rehabilitation to mitigate this loss, the swifter our progress will be in the later stages.

During the initial phase of recovery, a primary focus is on reclaiming your range of motion. Post-surgery, your knee will be notably stiff. Regaining full flexibility, particularly the ability to straighten your knee promptly, is pivotal for a successful recovery.

It’s also essential to remember that only one leg underwent surgery. We’ll devise a plan to keep you actively training your unaffected leg and upper body, ensuring safe options to sustain your cardiovascular fitness throughout your recovery journey.

Step 2:
Restore Physical Capacity

In the realm of athletics, success hinges on a handful of core attributes. We liken these attributes to the foundation of a pyramid, prioritizing their development sequentially to minimize setbacks and maximize progress. Leveraging cutting-edge measurement technologies, we objectively assess your advancement, signaling the appropriate time to ascend to the next tier.

During Step 2 – the intermediary phase of your rehabilitation journey – our team collaborates closely with you to reestablish foundational levels of strength and power. With our Doctors of Physical Therapy, who are experts not only in therapy but also in strength and conditioning, you’ll receive tailored programs meticulously crafted to shepherd you through each stage. The onus falls on you to dedicate yourself to the process – now is when the heavy duty work begins.

Step 3:
Speed and Agility

Once you’ve mastered the fundamental levels of flexibility, strength, and power, we seamlessly integrate these abilities into dynamic movements mirroring those encountered on the field.

In personalized sessions alongside your Doctor of Physical Therapy, you’ll engage in sprinting, cutting, and abrupt stops. This hands-on approach ensures not only proficiency in executing these maneuvers with optimal mechanics but also cultivates comfort and confidence in applying these skills before you reenter practice or competition.

Step 4:
Testing and Return to Play

Every athlete’s recovery is unique, so the only way to ensure your body is fully healed is by measuring and tracking your progress. This approach helps us verify the program’s effectiveness and confirms you’re ready to safely return to the field.

Research indicates that following even basic objective test protocols can reduce the risk of a second ACL tear by up to 84 percent. However, many healthcare professionals do not use objective testing before recommending a return to play. A recent study found that only 14 percent of physical therapists utilize objective measures beyond the time elapsed since surgery when clearing an athlete to return to sports. Simply waiting for time to pass is insufficient for healing and strengthening your leg.

Step 5:

One of the most crucial steps to reducing your risk of re-injury is adhering to a structured maintenance program. Upon completing your treatment at our clinic, you will receive a comprehensive plan for returning to your sport and maintaining your fitness throughout the season and beyond.

We will equip you with a detailed, evidence-based warm-up protocol designed to minimize your risk of re-injury. Additionally, you will receive an in-season strength training regimen to maintain your strength during the competitive season.

Moreover, we offer periodic reassessments for up to two years post-injury to monitor your progress and ensure that any asymmetries between your injured and uninjured legs—corrected during your rehabilitation—do not reemerge.

Combining an effective rehab program, objective readiness assessments, and a thorough maintenance plan will help you overcome the odds and continue to excel in your sport.

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