ACL Injuries - Treatment

How is an ACL injury treated?

The common recommendation for immediate treatment of an ACL injury is the well-known rule of RICE:

  • Rest the knee by using crutches and keeping weight off of it
  • Ice the knee
  • Compress the knee with a wrap
  • Elevate the leg

These measures will help control swelling. The doctor may also drain the joint of excess fluid to reduce pressure.After the initial injury symptoms have subsided and the diagnosis has been established, the orthopaedic surgeon will look at the history of the injury and the patient's activity level to determine what treatment is best for the patient.

  • How old is the knee injury?
  • Does the patient continue to have recurrent instability?
  • How old is the patient and what types of activities does this patient enjoy?
  • What level of activity does this patient wish to return to?
  • Are there other associated injuries?

The two basic treatment choices for an ACL injury are:


About Doctor Barrow...

Dr Michael Stuart Barrow is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in knee surgery. He practices from Sunninghill Hospital and the Waterfall Sports Centre.
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Dr. Michael Barrow

Tel: 011 806 1772/0 and 011 806 1657
Fax: 011 806 1796
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Sunninghill Casualty: 011 806 1652

Sunninghill Hospital
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