An Athlete’s Worst Nightmare – ACL Injury

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury is one of the most common ligament injuries in sports. More than 3% of athletes in a 4-year period of sporting activity sustain a rupture of the ACL and the risk is higher in female population. The incident rate is 200,000 cases/year in the USA. About half of all ACL … Continue reading “An Athlete’s Worst Nightmare – ACL Injury”

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury is one of the most common ligament injuries in sports. More than 3% of athletes in a 4-year period of sporting activity sustain a rupture of the ACL and the risk is higher in female population. The incident rate is 200,000 cases/year in the USA.

About half of all ACL injuries occur along with damage to other structures in the knee, such as articular cartilage, meniscus, or other ligaments. Injured ligaments are described as “sprains” and are graded on a severity scale.

Grade 1 – Ligament is mildly damaged but still able to help stabilize the knee

Grade 2 – Ligament stretches to the point where it becomes loose, often referred to as a partial tear of the ligament

Grade 3 – Most commonly referred to as a complete tear of the ligament

Most commonly the ACL is torn when changing directions rapidly, stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, landing from a jump incorrectly, or a collision to the side of the knee.  Common symptoms of a torn ACL include: “popping” sensation, immediate swelling, feeling of instability of the knee after injury, loss of full range of motion, discomfort with walking and changing directions.

Tore your ACL now what? A torn ACL will not heal on it’s own. Depending on your activity level and which activities you would want to perform, often you can function without surgical intervention. If return to cutting sports or high activity levels, surgical intervention is necessary. Physical therapy is a necessity if you chose non-surgical or surgical interventions to build strength and endurance to allow you to return to sport and other recreational activities.

For more information regarding ACL injuries and recovery process please call your doctor or speak to one of us at Innovative Physical Therapy.

Have You Tried Our Pilates Classes?

What is Pilates Pilates consists of moving through a slow, sustained series of exercises using abdominal control and proper breathing. The quality of each posture is more important than the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move. Health Benefits of Pilates Improved flexibility Increased muscle strength of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips … Continue reading “Have You Tried Our Pilates Classes?”

What is Pilates

Pilates consists of moving through a slow, sustained series of exercises using abdominal control and proper breathing. The quality of each posture is more important than the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move.

Health Benefits of Pilates

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilization of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

Types of Pilates

The two basic forms of Pilates are:

  • Mat-based Pilates – this is a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to provide resistance. The main aim is to condition the deeper, supporting muscles of your body to improve posture, balance and coordination

  • Equipment-based Pilates – this includes specific equipment that works against spring-loaded resistance, including the Reformer, which is a moveable carriage that you push and pull along its tracks. Some forms of Pilates include weights (such as dumbbells) and other types of small equipment that offer resistance to the muscles, as well as, proprioceptive feedback.

Pilates is suitable for everyone

The Pilates method is taught to suit each person and exercises are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for that person. Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and people with low fitness levels.

Check out our mat Pilates classes offered daily or schedule a private Reformer session today!