ACL Rehabilitation

The ACL is one of the major bands of tissue (ligaments) connecting the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia) at the knee joint. It can tear if you:

  • Twist your knee while keeping your foot planted on the ground.
  • Stop suddenly while running.
  • Suddenly shift your weight from one leg to the other.
  • Jump and land on an extended (straightened) knee.
  • Stretch the knee farther than its usual range of movement.
  • Experience a direct hit to the knee.


  • Pain
  • Pop in the knee
  • Difficulty standing
  • Putting pressure on the injured leg
  • Swelling within 24 hours of injury
  • Difficulty walking
  • Limited range of motion

Optimal offers the ACL Return to Sports series each fall and spring.  Therapy restores your muscle strength, agility, and balance, so you can return to your regular activities.


  • Knee osteoarthritis prevention
  • Risk reduction, 19% ACL injuries need subsequent surgeries
  • Knee-related QOL (Quality of Life) was impaired five to 25 years after rupture, in both ACL-deficient and ACL-reconstructed subjects. Rehabilitation alone is an effective alternative to reconstruction for some patients.
  • Ongoing impaired knee function throughout life.


Course Includes:

  • Initial Assessment by Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Video Analysis of Your Specific Sports Movements
  • Sports Psychology session with a certified psychotherapist
  • Two sessions a week for 6 weeks


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ACL Return to Sports Series



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