Physical therapy for ACL reconstruction in Vista, California

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Meet with the best ACL reconstruction physical therapists in Vista, California

Vista, California, Luna’s physical therapists are experts in decreasing pain and increasing mobility after a torn ACL. Our licensed PTs will work with you to create a treatment plan that reduces pain and swelling, restores regular balance and motion, and decreases the chances of re-injury.

With Luna, patients can get ACL injury treatment in the comfort of their homes. It’s physical therapy, delivered.


What is an ACL injury?

The knee contains four main ligaments: the medial collateral ligament, the posterior cruciate ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, and the anterior cruciate ligament. The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, runs down the center of the knee, controlling rotation and forward movement of the tibia, and is vital for stable lateral motion.

An ACL injury, commonly called a “torn ACL,” occurs when the ligament either fully or partially tears. ACL injuries are common in athletes, especially skiers and soccer players, as sudden changes in speed or direction can tear the ACL. Contact sports can also put individuals at risk of suffering a torn ACL.

An ACL tear can result in severe pain, loss of range of motion, swelling, and inability to put weight on the affected leg. With the help of a brace, some patients may be able to walk straight ahead soon after an ACL injury. However, side-to-side motion will likely be much more difficult. Depending on the severity of the injury, patients may need surgery to repair a torn ACL. Whether or not they undergo surgery, rest and rehabilitation exercises are necessary for recovery.

Source: Mayo Clinic

ACL injury symptoms

The most notable sign of a torn ACL is the popping sensation or audible popping sound that occurs at the moment of injury. Not all patients will experience a pop, but they will usually feel a sudden shift in the joint. After the ACL tears, the patient will experience instability in the joint and likely won’t be able to put weight on the injured limb. Severe swelling, redness, and pain usually occur within minutes of the injury.

The most common symptoms of an ACL injury include:

  • Popping sensation
  • Instability
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain

Source: VeryWellHealth


What causes an ACL injury?

Most ACL injuries are caused by non-contact injuries that involve sudden stopping, changes in direction, or landing on one leg. The sports most commonly associated with ACL injuries include basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, skiing, lacrosse, and tennis. A direct blow to the knee can also cause a torn ACL.

Females tend to be at greater risk of tearing their ACL; year-round female soccer or basketball players have an annual ACL tear rate of nearly 5%. Patients who have previously torn an ACL are also at greater risk. The chance of tearing a previously-repaired ACL is 15% higher than the odds of a primary ACL tear.

The most common causes of an ACL injury include:

  • Sudden stop or change in direction
  • Landing on one leg
  • Blow to the leg or knee
  • A previously-torn ACL
Source: Sports-Health

Physical therapy for acl reconstruction in Vista, California

Most patients who have experienced a torn ACL will require physical therapy to recover. A physical therapist can help patients regain normal mobility after this type of serious injury. An initial evaluation can help a PT develop a personalized treatment plan that includes pain control techniques, gait training, swelling management, strengthening exercises, balancing exercises, and range of motion exercises.

A physical therapist can also help the patient develop techniques for avoiding further injury to the ACL, as it will be more vulnerable after the initial tear. Many patients are able to avoid surgery with a focused and well-rounded PT program.

Source: VeryWellHealth

Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

For physical therapy appointments in the Vista area, our therapists are available to visit your home. We go the extra mile to serve all neighborhoods, guaranteeing that we bring the PT session to you, making it as convenient as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna collaborates with many insurance plans, making the benefits verification process a breeze. When you select Luna, your co-pay will consistently match the exact amount specified in your insurance plan for visiting a PT clinic. We accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

No—we want it to be easy for patients to get started with their physical therapy! We can always accommodate new patients, and most patients can have their first at-home physical therapy appointment within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists work 6:30 am - 8:30 pm, 7 days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Luna's therapists are highly experienced, with a minimum of 3 years in the field, often with extensive additional experience. Each therapist undergoes a meticulous interview and background check process. We partner only with therapists who are deeply committed to delivering exceptional care to their patients.

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