Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are an extremely common and costly injury in general and sporting populations. Almost routinely, patients are offered surgery to return to high-level activity and pivoting sports. This concept, as well as the dire view of a patient or athlete who has suffered an ACL tear has been widely propagated in mass media, and has affected populations both amateur and professional. Current best research challenges these ingrained paradigms.
This unique, first time offered course will give clinicians the confidence to best assess, and provide a comprehensive non-surgical management program to, a patient presenting post ACL injury.
Key components of the workshop:
Review of the best research base for non-operative versus operative ACL tear management
Discussion around evidence-based risks, harms and benefits of non-operative and operative ACL tear care
Evaluation of exercises for every phase of rehabilitation of the injury, from initial presentation to return to pivoting sports
Download the full workshop timetable here!
Key reading for ACL tear management:
Non-surgical ACL tear management blog: Question and Answer session with Mick Hughes - Hughes and Richardson 2019
Evidence-based recommendations for the management of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture - Filbay and Grindem 2019
Exercises for non-surgical rehabilitation of ACL tears (Suplementary Index) - Frobell et al 2010
Healing of ACL - Costa Paz et al 2012
Shareable infographics about ACL tears:
Fox Sports ACL Non-surgical Feature
Speaking to Fox Sports Australia in February 2019, Specialist Physiotherapist Mr. Kieran Richardson (FACP) recommended that 'any patient or athlete that injures their ACL follow world’s best practice, which is to undergo an intense, structured, supervised, scientific exercise program. If the player is doing well we can continue to build them up, and they can always decide upon having an operation at a later date’.
Here is the brilliant story of Anna Spiers, a physiotherapist who sustained a full thickness ACL tear rupture with associated considerable meniscal damage, opted for non-surgical management and returned to snow-boarding in 6 weeks!
She has maintained intense strengthening and physiotherapy exercises, has no symptoms in her knee and has returned to others pivoting sports and activities.
Obviously every case is unique and outcomes can never be 100% assured, but it is awesome to hear further cases of how the narrative of ACL tear management is changing.
Here is the brilliant story of Stephen Holmes, Senior Physiotherapist and Director of Crest Health Physio, who sustained a complete ACL tear with associated meniscal damage, opted for non-surgical management and since filming this video gained a podium finish at the world triathlon championships!
Obviously every case is unique and outcomes can never be 100% assured, but it is great to hear further evidence of how the narrative of ACL tear management is changing.
There are many elite athletes who have competed at the highest level without surgery following an ACL tear. Here is a short clip of some of the famous ones:
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Injured your knee, and looking for a non-surgical opinion? Kieran provides Specialist Physiotherapist opinion, treatment and ongoing management for patients with knee injuries at LiveWell Hillarys in Perth, Western Australia. Here is the link to make a booking: