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Recovering from an ACL Injury

Summary

Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament is difficult to repair and can often lead to other postural imbalances and dysfunctions if not resolved. Chances are if you’ve had an ACL injury, you’re still dealing with the repercussions, even years later. This is not an easy recovery and we understand that here at Structura. 

 

Cause

ACL injuries can be caused by a sudden twisting motion commonly during sports but can happen by even pivoting around to look behind you, stepping off a curb, or slipping on ice. The ligament that connects your femur to your tibia (thigh bone to shin bone) either separates or is severely stretched (that’s called a sprain). You’ll most likely experience instability in your knee, redness, pain, and swelling.

 

Effects

Pain in the knee from a fast twisting motion that can lead your knee to pain, swelling, and redness. Other effects of ACL is feeling like your knee is popping, no range of motion, your knee “giving out.” And overall unable to do what you love without feeling pain and restricted movement.

 

Treatment

Surgery and physical therapy are the two most common routes to recovery, depending on severity, but what happens if you strengthen the imbalances that caused the injury in the first place? Physical therapy, while extremely helpful in most cases, can often exacerbate a problem that was quite likely the original cause of the injury — fascial restriction. Surgery typically involved borrowing some of the fibers from your hamstring (back of the thigh) to recreate the anterior cruciate ligament. We encourage people who have damaged their ACL to see their doctor to determine whether or not they should have surgery. At your doctor’s visit, you can ask for a referral for Structura where we accept a few major insurances and can help you along your road to recovery.

You can generally expect a 90-minute visit for your first appointment where your posture and movement will be assessed and your therapist will determine a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. Your therapist will look for limitations in range of motion, which movements cause you pain, and which movements do not. After the assessment phase, you’ll be asked to lie on the table where your therapist will work with the fascia surrounding the muscle groups in your leg to increase range of motion, decrease pain, and improve dysfunction. It’s important to work all compartments of the thigh, lower leg, hip, and low back as well as the opposite leg to reduce further injury and keep the problem from returning again in the future. 

Following your initial treatment, you will be given a set of repatterning exercises from the Pete Egoscue Method. Our therapists are trained to recognize the movements that your body would benefit from to reduce imbalances and aid in recovery during your treatment at Structura. After we have moved your soft tissue in the direction that the fibers should be going and realigned the body to create optimal performance and reduce pain, we want it to stay there long-term. The most successful recoveries come from utilizing all of aspects of what Structura has to offer. 

As with any other appointment at Structura, you’re always encouraged to ask questions and be involved in your health care. If you have concerns about treatment or are unsure of what to expect, feel free to ask! We’re eager to educate and help all of our clients learn how to be empowered when it comes to their healthcare and recovery.

 

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

Nick from Kaysville, UT Testimonial

 

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

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