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Three Telltale Signs of an ACL Tear

June 25, 2020

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An ACL tear is a common sports injury that affects the anterior cruciate ligament, which is one of the knee’s main support structures. Damage to the ACL typically results from impact that occurs when you suddenly stop or change direction while playing football, soccer, basketball, or another high-impact sport. Explore some of the common signs of an ACL tear.

A Loud Popping Sound

If you injure your ACL, you might know right away. When the tear occurs, it often causes a loud popping sound. Other people who are nearby can usually hear this sound as well.

Severe Pain and Instability

An ACL injury usually makes it difficult to walk or stand because of intense pain in your knee. If you try to walk or run, you probably won’t be able to do so comfortably. When you try to stand, you may feel like your knee is unstable and cannot support your weight. Sometimes, a torn ACL occurs in conjunction with a torn meniscus, which will cause a sharp pain in the back of the knee joint.

Immediate Swelling

You might also experience significant, rapid swelling if you have an ACL tear. This is caused by blood rushing to the knee to respond to the injury. Your knee may also be red and feel warm to the touch. Unlike minor sports injuries, swelling after an ACL tear persists even after 48 hours of rest, elevation, compression, and icing.

Please note: In some instances, you may not experience any swelling or severe pain when you tear your ACL. We’ve had patients come in with discomfort, not realizing it was an actual tear because they didn’t experience any of these common symptoms.

The team at 360 Orthopedics can diagnose the cause of your knee pain and recommend the appropriate treatment for your sports injury. If you think you might have torn your ACL, you can stop by one of our three Sarasota-area locations to receive an MRI and an X-ray, as well as a physical examination, to assess the damage. Schedule your appointment today by calling 941-951-2663 or completing our online form.

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This entry was posted in on June 25, 2020 by sarasotaAdmin.

What to Expect from Physical Therapy and Recovery After a Knee Replacement

June 15, 2020

You may be surprised to learn that you will be encouraged to begin moving around very soon after your knee replacement surgery. Whether at our facility or at home, walking and completing knee-strengthening exercises are a critical part of your post-surgery recovery. Here’s a look at what you can expect from your physical therapy and recovery period following a knee replacement.

Physical Therapy

During your post-surgery physical therapy, you will be guided through a variety of basic exercises designed to strengthen your knee, maintain your leg’s range of motion, and reduce scar tissue buildup. At first, your exercises will include simply putting weight on your new knee and walking around, bending and straightening your knee, and flexing your leg muscles. As your recovery progresses, you will gradually be able to walk longer distances and can practice climbing steps and moving around without assistance.

Getting Used to Your New Knee

If you’ve grown accustomed to living with knee problems, it may take a while for you to get used to your new knee after surgery and physical therapy. For example, you may notice that your replacement knee feels different from your natural knee, especially when climbing stairs, kneeling, or getting in and out of chairs. You may also experience changes in your range of motion or unusual sounds or sensations in your new knee.

Lifestyle Adjustments

As you gradually make progress after physical therapy, you will still need to take care of your knee replacement and make a few lifestyle adjustments. By avoiding high-impact activities such as running and jumping, for example, you can prevent wear and tear and prolong the lifespan of your knee replacement. You may also need to take extra precautions while driving until you’re fully used to your new knee.

Knee pain, stiffness, and weakness can significantly impact your comfort, mobility, and quality of life. As part of our full range of orthopedic services, 360 Orthopedics offers Sarasota-area patients several knee treatment options and physical therapy assistance. To schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling 941-951-2663.

This entry was posted in on June 15, 2020 by sarasotaAdmin.

Rehabilitation Exercises After a Hip Replacement

After a hip replacement, you should perform rehabilitation exercises to promote healing and muscle strength. Below is a list of activities that can be beneficial for your recovery after a hip replacement.

Quad Sets

The quadriceps are muscles that control and support the hip joints. To exercise this muscle after a hip replacement, lie on your back, bend your unaffected leg, and straighten the other one. Then, flex your quads in the leg that is extended. When you do this, it should force your leg to straighten even more and cause the bottom of your knee to move closer to the floor. Flex your quad for five seconds and release. Repeat this exercise 10 times within 10 minutes or until your leg is tired.

Straight Leg Raises

Straight leg raises can improve hip flexibility and strengthen the quadriceps. In the same position as the quad sets, raise your affected leg while keeping it straightened. Hold your leg in the air for five seconds. Then, lower it slowly until it rests on the floor. Do 10 leg raises three times and repeat this exercise at least twice a day. Raising your leg may be difficult at first, but lift it as much as you can. Once your quad strength improves, only raise your leg to a 45-degree angle, relative to the floor, to keep your quads engaged during the entire rehabilitation exercise.

Hip Abductions

Hip abduction exercises will help improve your ability to walk by stabilizing the pelvis. Lie on your back, keep your affected leg straightened, and slowly slide it away from the center of your body. Then, slide your leg back to its original position. Ensure that your leg does not go past the centerline because this could cause a hip dislocation. As your hip gets stronger, you can progress to doing this exercise while standing up and using a chair for support.

Clamshell Exercises

Clamshell exercises strengthen your glutes and improve hip flexibility. Lie on your non-operated side and slightly bend your knees. Keep your feet together and open your knees as far as you can without letting the top hip roll backward. You can also push your feet against a wall for balance.

Ankle Pumps

Exercising the lower leg muscles will help improve blood circulation. Proper blood flow promotes healing and helps prevent issues with blood clots. Lie down and prop up the ankle of your affected leg by using a rolled-up blanket or towel. Flex your foot by pointing it down and away from the body. Then, lift it back up as much as possible. Repeat this about 10-30 times each hour in the days following your surgery.

Performing rehabilitation exercises can aid your hip replacement recovery by improving your lower body’s strength and flexibility. At 360 Orthopedics, we provide treatment plans to help patients recover from operations, injuries, and chronic illnesses. Our experienced doctors and medical staff offer personalized care to address your condition. We offer same-day appointments at our three locations across the Tampa area. To schedule a consultation, call 941-951-2663 or contact us online.

This entry was posted in on June 15, 2020 by sarasotaAdmin.