Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury

What is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)?

The anterior cruciate ligament, also known as the ‘ACL,’ is a ligament that provides stability to the knee joint. If the anterior cruciate ligament is damaged, it results in an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Following an ACL injury, physiotherapy is a must-have treatment.

How does an anterior cruciate ligament injury happen?

A twisting movement with the foot planted on the ground is the most typical way to cause an ACL injury. A direct hit to the knee or bending the knee incorrectly can also harm the ACL.

What are the symptoms of an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

When the ACL is totally torn, there is often an audible ‘popping’ noise and the sensation of something moving out of and back into place within the knee joint. Pain is common in the initial few minutes following an injury and normally goes away soon. If you try to run or do a twisting manoeuvre while standing, the injured knee may collapse. Within the first few hours, there is usually a lot of swelling.

Patients who suspect they have torn their ACL should schedule a physiotherapy evaluation as soon as possible. To identify if your ACL has been injured, several tests can be conducted. If necessary, your physiotherapist may refer you for an MRI scan of your knee or to an orthopaedic surgeon. Physiotherapy is necessary after an ACL injury, whether reconstructive surgery is performed.

To book an appointment with one of the team from Archview Physiotherapy Pain and Sports Injury Clinic, please call 014913228 or you can book online via our website Located in Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Running in the dark – Top tips to be seen & safe!

With October here the shorter evenings can play havoc with your running routine as the light hours reduce and the long, dark days of winter set in.  Whether you run in the early mornings or late evenings here are some smart tips to make sure you are keeping yourself safe while running in the dark this Autumn.

  1. TRAVEL AGAINST TRAFFIC – Avoid busy roads and those with no shoulders or footpaths.
  2. CHOOSE A WELL-LIT ROUTE – You’ll be able to see the road and avoid potential hazards.
  3. LIGHT ME UP – Be visible wear white, yellow, or orange clothes and make sure you have reflective gear on.
  4. CARRY A PHONE/ID ON YOU – In case of emergency it can be very important!
  5. RUN WITH A BUDDY – Safety in numbers.
  6. DITCH THE TUNES – You won’t be able to hear oncoming traffic or cyclist yelling. You need to rely on all your senses, not just your sight.
  7. CHANGE IT UP – Vary your route and times occasionally to ensure your safety – don’t make yourself an easy target.
  8. SHARE YOUR PLANS – Leave a note for roommates or family.

Archview Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy Clinic, Dublin 6 and Dublin 14. Experts in the field of Pain and Injury. Locations: Ranelagh and Dundrum, Dublin Ph: 01 4913228 Email: [email protected]

Santa Dash 2014 – Running For A Good Claus!

The Santa Dash Dublin 2014 is taking place this Sunday 7th December at Bull Island, Contarf at 2pm!

A fun event for all the family down on the beach! Walkers, runners & children are welcome to join the 5K or 10K events. All participants receive a full Santa Suit to run in and a choice of custom medals when they finish. The new Plum Pudding medal for 2014 has built in audio and plays Christmas music! Santa Dash is proudly supporting the Down Syndrome Centre 2014. Get  running this festive season and support a great cause.

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 For more details or to find out how to register check out