describe the imageThe anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is essential for maintaining stability in the joint. Because it is so important to everyday function, when it becomes damaged or torn, surgery is often the recommended course of action. Although the surgery itself is fairly routine, it does take some time for the body to recover.

Following a few tips during ACL surgery recovery can help you heal faster and get back on your feet more quickly.

Seven Tips for ACL Surgery Recovery

  1. Avoid infection - Keep the surgical incisions clean and dry and monitor for fever. If you have a persistent fever after surgery, let your doctor know right away.

  2. Get plenty of rest - The body needs energy to heal, especially after surgery or an injury. Make sure that you get enough quality sleep, and while you're awake don't exert yourself too much, especially in the first week.
  3. Eat well - A nutritious diet rich with healthy foods will help ensure that essential nutrients will be available for your healing tissues.

  4. Elevate your leg - In the first few days after surgery, elevating your leg will help keep swelling down.

  5. Use ice and compression - Cryotherapy helps reduce inflammation and pain, while compression helps remove edema and also contributes to inflammation control. Ask your doctor or physical therapist if they have equipment available during your ACL surgery recovery. Specialized wraps that provide active cold and compression therapy are more effective than ice packs and compression bandages.

  6. Manage your pain - Cold and compression will help reduce pain after surgery, possibly even eliminating the need for pain control medications. However, if you do still have pain, work with your doctor to develop a pain management strategy that works for you.

  7. Do physical therapy - As your ACL heals you will need to rehabilitate it and the surrounding tissues. Your physical therapist will likely recommend exercises like ankle flexion, gentle knee bends, and other activities that will help strengthen and stretch the muscles around your knee. It is important to follow your therapist's instructions closely, which includes not overdoing it too soon.

All of these tips will help you speed up ACL surgery recovery, especially the use of active cold compression therapy. Before you have surgery, ask your doctor about the Game Ready active cold compression system to help you reduce pain, inflammation, and edema.

The system comes with an adjustable knee wrap that is designed to conform to your body. The wrap has a dual-chamber system that allows cold water and air to consistently circulate at the same time. This simultaneous application of cold and compression is proven to be more effective than ice packs alone. If you want to learn more, get in touch with us today.

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