ACL Injury Treatment for Active Individuals From Lafayette, LA & Nearby Communities
A torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a common but complex knee injury that can result from a direct blow, rapid change in direction, abrupt stop, or improper landing from a jump. Depending on the severity of your ACL injury, you may experience pain, swelling, instability, or an inability to bear weight on the affected leg. For a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan, you can turn to Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices in Lafayette, Louisiana.
How is a torn ACL treated?
After evaluating your ACL injury (X-rays can be performed on site at Dr. Vizzi’s office, and he can order CT or MRI scans as needed), Dr. Vizzi can help you choose the right treatment approach for you. In addition to traditional R.I.C.E. therapy – rest, ice, compression, and elevation – your nonsurgical options may include:
- Bracing – You can temporarily wear a brace to stabilize your knee joint during movement.
- Assistive walking devices – You can use a cane or crutches to avoid putting weight on your knee as it heals.
- Physical therapy – You can perform rehabilitative stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your knee and restore lost range of motion.
Conservative ACL injury treatment may be sufficient if you do not regularly engage in strenuous exercise, sports, or other activities that stress your knees. On the other hand, you might consider reconstructive surgery if you are a serious athlete who would like to continue to play a high-demand sport such as football, basketball, soccer, or any other game that involves jumping, pivoting, or cutting. Surgical treatment may be appropriate if your knee injury is extensive (involving more than one ligament or cartilage) or is causing your knee to buckle during daily activities.
If you elect surgery, you can feel confident entrusting your care to Dr. Vizzi, who is highly experienced in utilizing advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat ACL injuries. When performing ACL reconstruction surgery, Dr. Vizzi removes the damaged ligament through a small incision and reconstructs the ACL with a tissue graft, which can strengthen over time as it heals.
If you live in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Youngsville, or another nearby Louisiana city and would like to discuss your ACL injury with Dr. Vizzi, contact us to schedule a consultation.