Only two days after being tackled off the ball playing for Hull University Rugby League, we diagnosed James with an ACL injury and referred him for an arthroscopy immediately which confirmed our diagnosis. James had completely ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament from the bone.
The required surgery which often leads to a loss of bulk and muscle mass as a result of the rest period required after. We therefore prepared him for this by strengthening his hamstrings as much as possible.
Getting the patient of the crutches as quick as possible was a priority to reduce the dependency on these and limit the loss of muscle mass that can occur as a result. Using flexion and extension theraband exercises combined with the Squid compression unit to reduce the swelling helps James to ditch the crutches and walk unaided as soon as possible
To ensure the knee healed correctly and without stiffness to limit his movement soft tissue massages and mobility exercises where done at the beginning of ever sessions from week 1 until discharge. To aid further lower body massages were conducted on his ‘down days’ to ensure constant contact with the patients and reduce and soreness and stiffness where possible.