ACL Injury: The Scourge of Skiers
- Popping noise when injury occurs
- Swelling in the knee within 24 hours
- Loss of full range of motion
- Instability—a wobbly feeling that will make it difficult to stand or walk
- Rest and stay off the knee as much as possible
- Keep the knee iced and elevated
- Anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen) will help with pain and swelling
- Wearing a knee brace to stabilize the knee joint
- Regain range of motion
- Strengthen the muscles around the knee
- Improve balance
- Protect the ligament from further damage
- Physical training to get you on your skis again
- Ski under control
- Bend your hips and knees when landing from a jump
- Warm up before exercising
- Make sure your ski bindings are at the correct settings for size and ability
Ortho Info—American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
Sports Med—The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2015 -
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