Shift Performance PT

ACL Tear IN Knoxville

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we excel in aiding clients who previously enjoyed active athletic lifestyles but are now facing challenges due to ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears. Our mission is to help these individuals regain movement, reduce pain, and improve their quality of life with effective rehabilitation techniques.

Understanding ACL Tears and Their Impact

Overview of ACL Tears: ACL injuries involve the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, crucial for stability in sports with pivoting or jumping movements. We explore the mechanics of these injuries to understand prevention and treatment strategies, considering factors like movement patterns and athletic habits.

ACL Tear Characteristics: Common in sports with sudden stops or directional changes, ACL tears cause knee pain, swelling, and instability, hindering activities like running and jumping.

Causes of ACL Tears: These injuries typically occur in sports situations, but can also arise in everyday activities. The injury is often marked by a ‘pop’ sound in the knee.

Identifying Symptoms of an ACL Tear

  • Pain: Intense pain during weight-bearing activities.
  • Swelling: Noticeable swelling in the injured knee.
  • Weakness: Leg instability and difficulty in movement.
  • Instability: The knee may give way during use.


Effective Treatment Approaches for ACL Tears

  • Rest and Physical Therapy: Vital for healing, focusing on regaining strength and flexibility.
  • Braces and Supports: Used to stabilize the knee during recovery.
  • Medications: To manage pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Surgery: Often recommended for complete tears or those returning to high-level activities.

The Recovery Process from ACL Injuries

Recovery involves rest, physical therapy, medication for pain management, and following a strict rehabilitation plan post-surgery, if necessary.

Preventing ACL Injuries

Prevention includes proper warm-ups, strengthening exercises, and good sports techniques to reduce injury risks.

Comprehensive ACL Rehabilitation at Shift Performance PT

Our rehabilitation program addresses the injury and related muscular imbalances. We focus on exercises for knee stability, proprioception, and full-motion range recovery, ensuring a holistic healing experience.

Physical Therapy Focus: Tailored rehabilitation programs designed for each individual, aiming for a safe return to sports and daily activities.

Emphasis on Long-Term Recovery: Strengthening surrounding muscles for future injury prevention and improved knee function.

Start Your Journey to Recovery with Shift Performance PT

Embark on your recovery from an ACL tear with Shift Performance Physical Therapy. Our team of therapists is dedicated to guiding you through every stage of rehabilitation. Contact us today to begin your journey back to strength and agility.


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Sandra Brown

I had a great experience working with Blake. With his knowledge and his listening skills, he was able to get to the root of my problem and I started feeling better quickly. I only needed a few sessions with him and am now able to keep working on it by myself. I am so thankful for finally getting back to working out, thank you Blake! 

Matt McCrory

Blake is awesome. He is very knowledgeable and is passionate about helping people living a fully mobile and pain free life. He isn’t about treating symptoms or giving you advise on how to make pain stop while stopping you from doing the things you love. Blake is about helping you strengthen your weak points and building them up to eliminate pain in the long term while allowing you to enjoy the activities you like doing. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a Physical therapist.