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How to Get Back On Your Feet After ACL Injury Or Surgery

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  • Have you injured your knee playing soccer, basketball, volleyball or any other activity?
  • Is it swollen, bruised and seriously painful?
  • Scared that you might need surgery (or already booked in)?

Well, guess what?

It won't magically get better if you ignore it.

Rest is not best.

In fact, if it's a very recent injury and you heard the equivalent of a “pop!” when it happened, or you've got extensive bruising and inflammation, or your Knee is giving out – you need to get checked out in the ER because you may have torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is a severe injury that requires immediate attention.

Plus, you're probably going to need something for the pain.

But remember, we're here for you before and after ACL reconstruction surgery – to help you get back on your feet in record time. So, if you've already booked ACL Surgery – call us now to arrange your pre-and post-surgery physiotherapy consultation.

Prehab, as it is commonly referred to (rehab before surgery), can be vital in getting you back to walking and driving as fast as possible after surgery. We work on the same exercises you will do right after surgery. By doing this before going into surgery, we will have strengthened the connection between your muscles and the nerve. By strengthening this "wired" connection from muscle to nerve, when you come out of surgery, you will be able to perform the exercises much better, allowing the muscle to regain strength much faster, allowing you to walk and drive much faster than without Prehab.

If your pain is less severe and there is minimal bruising and inflammation, you may have just sprained your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or one of the many other ligaments and tendons inside the Knee.

If any of this sounds like you, don't worry. You're not alone. We see patients all the time whose knees keep “giving way” and letting them down. They’re officially "on the bench." But there are the lucky ones – who came to see us before things got serious. Unfortunately, we see just as many patients whose sore knees worsened because they didn't seek treatment. Luckily for them, though, we're experts in physiotherapy after ACL surgery. It's one of the most common pre- and post-surgery rehab types we provide at our physiotherapy clinic in Markham, Ontario.

(If you've avoided surgery so far, don't leave it to your chance. Because, in the worst-case scenario, you could end up needing knee surgery or develop a long-term disability and lose your independence altogether).

When it comes to Knee Pain, the first things patients ask us is:

“Why Me?”...

or

Why Is My Knee Still Giving Way When I’ve Been Resting For At Least 3 Months?”

We just expect our bodies to fix things, don’t we?

Like magic, we want to wake up one morning and feel like we did before the pain started… But months later, you're still in pain – feeling even stiffer and more uncomfortable than when it started, right?

Does That Sound Like You?

So many patients who come to see us with ACL injuries say,

"I saw my doctor when the pain started. They told me it was a minor sprain. They said I should stop what I was doing and take prescription anti-inflammatories and go back in three weeks if I was still in pain”.

They sit at home, “resting” on doctor's orders, not moving or exercising.

But nothing changes, of course – and they're back in the doctor's office three weeks later with a few more pounds added to the "Molson Muscle."

Think about it this way…

If you have a bike and the chain that connects the pedals to the gears falls off. But everything else seems ok – the bell works, there's air in the tires, the spokes are straight, and the handlebars are secure.

What happens when you try to spin the pedals?

The tires won’t turn!

Now, imagine I tell you to take your bike and REST it for three weeks.

You spray the gears with WD40 (painkillers) every day.

Then, you try the pedals again in three weeks.

What's changed?

Correct – absolutely NOTHING.

You didn't fix the problem.

The chain in your body needs attention.

No amount of rest, painkillers, or other pain-masking methods is going to fix it.

How does that sound?

Are you ready to get out of pain?

Click the link below to book your complimentary appointment to get some straight-talking advice on what's wrong with your Knee and how we can help you fix it fast.

What Can I do to start fixing my ACL Pain Immediately?...

Well, here are our top tips:

  • The first one is a no-brainer: Decide to get help. Don't procrastinate any longer. If you've had knee pain for a
    while, and you believe its your ACL, it most likely won't get better with time. Instead, you'll be another six months older and still in pain – potentially with permanent damage that you can't fix with physiotherapy alone. So, commit to doing something about it before things get even worse
  • Go for cold. Ice is one of the best natural remedies for pain and inflammation. It doesn't have to be anything fancy either – just use whatever you have in the freezer, like a bag of peas, frozen fruit, or ice wrapped in a t-shirt. But, of course, that's when you're at home anyway. At the Physio for Surgery clinic, we have the incredible Game Ready machine – designed by NASA. There is nothing quite like it to obliterate inflammation and reduce knee pain and swelling.
  • Slow Down – If you have an ACL injury that is causing you to limp, you may be exacerbating things and making the pain worse if you try and walk at the same speed as usual. Instead, slow down and concentrate on walking as usual without limping. Focus on lifting your knee-high and moving your foot from heel to toe as you go through the motions of walking.
  • Get "in-person" Physiotherapy – Nothing beats professional physiotherapy for Knee pain and to avoid needing ACL surgery or to rehab from it. At PHYSIO FOR SURGERY, it's one of the most common complaints we treat. So we can find the root cause quickly and get you back to work, in the gym or on the track, field, or pitch, and back to enjoying time with your friends and family again as quickly as possible.

If you would like to know how the physiotherapy team at Physio For Surgery, Markham can help fix your Knee pain – we recommend you start with a free, risk-free appointment to try us out:

Note: This Free Appointment is perfect for people who are apprehensive about physiotherapy, haven’t tried it before and are unsure about how we help with Knee pain. Does that sound like you? Don’t worry. Let’s put your mind at ease – just complete the form to book your free taster session.

So the next question is:

“How Can Choosing to See a Therapist at Physio For Surgery Help You Get Back On Your Feet After ACL Surgery?

Here are just a few of the things our physiotherapists can do for you:

  • We get you back on your feet (literally) with our Anti Gravity Treadmill, walking without a crutch or cane within one-week post-surgery. Read more here.
  • We will give you the best exercises after ACL surgery to strengthen the right "walking" muscles strategically.
  • Seeing as many ACL patients as we do daily, we can give you the best tips and tricks to aid during your recovery.
  • We know the exact steps to get you back to what you want to do. We have even revolutionized the post-op protocol thanks to our cutting-edge equipment.
  • We can reduce your pain and mobilize your muscles and joints
  • We help you get a good night’s sleep – without Knee pain keeping you awake at night, so you have more energy the following day
  • We make sure your problem is 100% fixed and provide you with exercises and advice to prevent it from happening again in the future so you can stop worrying and start enjoying life again
  • We help you run, jump, and walk without pain or feeling like your Knee will "give way."
  • We assist you with every milestone, including your ACL knee brace.

If you want to know what it costs - and what availability we have at our physiotherapy clinic in MARKHAM, please click the button below and complete the short form:

“Find Out How People Just Like You, Came to Physio For Surgery - and Left Happier and Much Healthier!”

Please enjoy these stories of other people with ACL pain just like you who came to see the physiotherapy team at Physio For Surgery - and left much healthier and happier:

Brandon is a fantastic physiotherapist! Very knowledgeable and great at explaining the underlying cause of my injury. His treatments were very effective, and he cleared my foot pain only after a few visits. Thank you Brandon! I'll be back for the next injury.
Jessica
Jessica
02:32 26 Mar 24
The day of my knee injury I could barely stand up on my own. I was able to come here the same day. Everyone at the clinic has been so friendly and helpful. Brandon has been great. He was able to help me get walking with the use of crutches on the first appointment. I know my injury may take time to heal. Brandon has helped me regain my independence as I continue to recover from my injury.
Jillian Chang
Jillian Chang
14:01 14 Feb 24
I attended Physio For Surgery to rehab my grade 2 MCL tear. Nick and his team were awesome in aiding my recovery. Extremely friendly and profession. I was able to get back to sports in a few short weeks. Highly recommend Physio For Surgery for any athletic therapy or physiotherapy.
Anth Luch
Anth Luch
13:46 13 Feb 24
Fantastic service by knowledgeable, professional staff. Nick himself has extensive experience with many national team athletes, and is able to quickly diagnose and fix problems through another body area inexperienced people wouldn't think of connecting. Alex is also fantastic, professional, and dedicated, always providing consistently high service
Mark Huang
Mark Huang
19:50 08 Feb 24
I had a great experience in this Clinic after my knee surgery. Nick, Brandon and Alexi has been awesome. Thank you everyone !
Jawed Afandi
Jawed Afandi
18:56 08 Feb 24
Josephine Karpouzis
Josephine Karpouzis
02:50 31 Jan 24
Wonderful experience!A warm welcoming when you enter, followed by exceptional service from the staff. I highly recommend this place, that’s why we keep coming back! Keep up the amazing work❤️
Christina Thomaidis
Christina Thomaidis
13:04 30 Jan 24
Nick and his team are by far the most professional therapists I have ever delt with from fixing minor problems to extreme problems they are the go to people
brad gay
brad gay
15:29 25 Jan 24
Morgan Petrov
Morgan Petrov
01:01 24 Jan 24
My treatment experience with Physio for Surgery has been very efficient and effective. The booking and follow-up by Alexis is top-notch and very personable. Nick is punctual, very decisive and clear with his diagnosis. His treatments have been very effective for my elbow and knee issues and his treatment equipment looks state-of-the art. Thanks team!
John Wieser
John Wieser
00:39 24 Jan 24
I enjoy my visits with Branden. Very professional and helpful which added to my speed y recovery. Thank you
Rose Tunzi
Rose Tunzi
20:24 23 Jan 24
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and friendly staff
Andrea Vance
Andrea Vance
19:35 23 Jan 24
After tearing my ACL and MCL, I thought my athletic career was over. I had a surgeon even tell me that I was no longer able to play. However, Nick referred me to a surgeon he trusts and created a rehab plan to return to sport. Nick worked with me nearly every day for a month to rehab and strengthen my leg. The staff is incredibly nice and helpful, it truly feels like a family there. The machines that were used on me, the rehab methods, and overall experience were just amazing. I am happy to say I have returned to play. Nick made that possible after I was told no and I am forever grateful! It is like my injury never happened. He fitted me for a brace and it came within a week after other places told me it would take a month. He is incredibly professional and welcoming and I cannot thank him enough!
Natasha Athanasakos
Natasha Athanasakos
17:50 23 Jan 24
Great experience coming here for physio. Brandon helped me with my shoulder injury. Also currently supporting my son with his leg. Would recommend.
Bo Chen
Bo Chen
16:21 23 Jan 24
Ramanan Kandiah
Ramanan Kandiah
15:45 23 Jan 24
Nick and his team are amazing, alwsys goimg the extra miles to ensure care are the top level.
Jenny Gibson
Jenny Gibson
13:39 23 Jan 24
Huge thanks to Brandon for treating my shoulder injury!! His professionalism and personalized treatment plan significantly helped my recovery. I’m excited to be playing sports again!
Eirwen
Eirwen
22:06 17 Jan 24
went to Alex Chan with a sore glute and upper leg.He was very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable.He also has the latest specialized equipment, very impressive.I will go back to him if I have any other aches and pains.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Norm
Norm
21:52 17 Jan 24
Great place make you feel good fast, knowledgable and friendly staff.
Angelo Taccone
Angelo Taccone
17:06 17 Jan 24
Nick and his staff are amazing. They treat their patients with care and comfort. Had me back to normal in no time!!
Luca Curti
Luca Curti
00:32 16 Jan 24
I can't thank Nick enough for resolving my knee issue after four months of visiting other therapists with no improvement. From the very beginning, Nick was honest and took the time to educate me about what was happening with my knee. He not only provided effective treatment, but also taught me how to prevent future injuries. Thanks to Nick, my life is back to normal and I can confidently engage in physical activities without worrying about my knee. His expertise and dedication towards his work truly sets him apart from others. I highly recommend Nick to anyone seeking an athletic therapist. Thanks again to you and the entire team Nick.
Naneen Wallace
Naneen Wallace
22:33 15 Jan 24
Fantastic experience with Alex.I previously had an indirect connection with Nick when my daughter required concussion protocol treatment some years back, and was impressed then with Nick’s approach and professionalism.Historically I personally have suffered from a spasming lower back, and the associated debilitating and referred pain that many of us commenting or reading here can relate to.I had received treatment from multiple other physios or chiropractors for this condition, but never really felt satisfied that the root cause of the issue was truly understood, or an effective longer term treatment/correction plan was set in place.So when my back went into spasm this past summer just 2 weeks ahead of a planned 3 week European vacation, involving long periods in a seated position on flights and the planned walking excursions, I really was dreading it.A similar thing had happened 4 years prior, and I got through it solely on medication, I was not prepared to do that again, and thoughts of canceling the trip were top of mind.A friend recommended Physio for Surgery, and when I made the connection to Nick, I immediately made the call to see what the art of the possible via physio might be.I was booked with Alex whom listened to my previous history, recognized the immediate concern and goal for the vacation, performed a detailed evaluation, and then positively stated that we have enough time to allow you to travel in relative comfort. I must admit I was less optimistic.However, after a somewhat intense in person treatment schedule, although not every day, and by me rigorously following the prescribed at home exercises. Alex was true to his word and my family and I enjoyed one of the most memorable trips we’ve had.Upon my return, and with the immediate goal of improved mobility and pain management behind me, note I was continuing all the exercises whilst on vacation, Alex’s treatment plan shifted to addressing the root cause and allowing me to continue exercising at a relatively high intensity.This is where I have equally experienced as much benefit as the initial treatment and hopefully the long term benefits will prevent experiencing another severe back issue. Alex’s ability to connect all the interdependencies of my ‘normal/everyday’ background aches and pains that I had just lived with, and diagnose from an holistic perspective, has enabled me to build Alex’s recommendations into my warm ups and exercise plans, and the benefits have been enormous.No longer am I suffering from right quad pain, which I incorrectly thought was IT band, or the associated referred right knee pain, or semi-routine groin strain from skating. I am doing more now, pain free, at an equal or higher intensity than I have in the last 5 years at least (I am a 49 yr old male).
Iain Stearman
Iain Stearman
16:33 08 Jan 24
Nick is....a life saver? healer? OK he's not Jesus but he is amazing at what he does and helped my daughter recover from a torn PCL in her left knee.My daughter suffered a torn PCL (95-99% tear) in August, a week before a 3-week vacation and 2 months before rep volleyball tryouts.Nick diagnosed the injury and delivered the devastating news in a sensitive and supportive manner, provided comfort and acknowledged the severity of the injury and helped my daughter prepare mentally and emotionally for the journey ahead towards recovery.He got her a custom knee brace in time to save our vacation and allowed her to walk freely. Returning from vacation, he prepared her for volleyball tryouts by knowing her limitations but continued to rehab her knee and confidence.Fast forward several weeks, she went to volleyball tryouts with her brace on and limited mobility against 100+ other girls, vying for 10 spots on the team.This weekend, my daughter won her first volleyball tournament as captain of her team.This story isn't over yet as she is set to return to see Nick and work her way out of her knee brace, but she is as close to 100% as she can be at this point in her recovery and is able to play without restrictions or limitations.Thank you Nick!P.S. Lexi is THE BEST! Her smile, friendly energy and positive attitude at every visit and phone call make you feel right at home - plus she buys all the candy for you to snack on while you wait. Thanks Lexi!
Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee
22:45 19 Dec 23
Exceptional physiotherapy experience with Alex! After struggling with a hamstring injury and knee problems, his expertise and personalized approach made a significant difference in my recovery. Grateful for his guidance, professionalism, and effective treatment. I highly recommend Alex for anyone seeking top-notch physiotherapy care.
Itay Kaplin
Itay Kaplin
04:25 20 Nov 23
Everyone at Physio for Surgery is so amazing!!! We have been treated here for various sports related issues, and the staff have always done a great job, providing physio exercises and suggestions to improve recovery.
Fanche Petkovski
Fanche Petkovski
23:15 17 Nov 23
The BEST clinic for athletes! Staff works diligently to make sure you will recover from injuries!
Darie Mitulescu
Darie Mitulescu
15:55 17 Nov 23
Alex would explain everything in great detail for me to understand for my care. Amazing service
Nathan Wu
Nathan Wu
23:45 14 Nov 23
Alex and Brandon were incredibly helpful in my recovery process for both my wrist and ankle. I would highly recommend you visit them for any issues you have.
Nathan Richmond
Nathan Richmond
21:30 14 Nov 23
Very clean. The staff is very professional and know what they are doing. Went for about two months for an injury on my shoulder (an alternate to surgery) and it’s all better now.
Nina Luciano
Nina Luciano
20:43 06 Nov 23
I had the privilege of being treated by Alex, a phenomenal physiotherapist. He went above and beyond in explaining my injury and crafting a personalized plan to strengthen and prevent reinjury, allowing me to go back to playing sports. His expertise and dedication truly made a difference in my recovery journey. I highly recommend Alex to anyone in need of top-notch physiotherapy care!
Catherine Tam
Catherine Tam
22:11 30 Oct 23
Had the pleasure of working with Physio Surgery for my knee injury lately. The staffs are friendly, professional. I was especially fortunate to work with Alex Chan, a physio therapist with years of experience who was very accommodating and had abundance amount of knowledge. His technique was excellent, and exhibited unparalleled care for his patients to make sure the therapy session is suitable as per patient need. Would 100% recommend him and the practice to anyone who is looking for reliable and comfortable physio therapy service.
Charles Liu
Charles Liu
15:20 28 Oct 23
My meniscus surgery has been done in September. This place is highly recommended,they have the magic physiotherapists and machines. They provide very detailed exercises in the portal and gave a very clear instructions.My knee is 90% recovery after one month treatment, I will be continuing to work with the physiotherapist during the golden recovery period. I am lucky to have the treatment here!
Connie Xue
Connie Xue
17:34 27 Oct 23
I’d like to thank Jasmine Chan for her empathy, very good initial assessment and exceptional service.
Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez
14:50 22 Oct 23
We have had a great experience with Physio for Surgery. Both of my children (teen/young adult) have seen Nick and team for sports related injuries. The clinicians at Physio for Surgery have great knowledge and experience in dealing with injuries and were able to get both of my kids back on the volleyball court quickly. They utilized some effective equipment at the clinic, and gave my kids exercises to do at home in order to strengthen and prevent future injury. I highly recommend Nick and team...between both kids, we've seen Nick, Jasmine and Brandon. They are all fabulous! You will not be disappointed with the care provided by Physio for Surgery.
Jennifer Gillick
Jennifer Gillick
14:37 20 Oct 23
My husband and I had a great experience in Physio for Surgery. My husband was referred to this place following his ACL knee surgery and I went there for massage therapy. Both Nick and Brandon were so professional and treated us so well. Would recommend this place for both massage and physio therapy.
sonia tabrizi
sonia tabrizi
13:12 17 Oct 23
Love the team at Physio For Surgery. Alex worked with me on my lower back and got me going again so I could golf the rest of the summer.
Winston Stewart
Winston Stewart
22:39 13 Oct 23
Richard G.
Richard G.
13:37 05 Oct 23
I had an excellent experience at this physiotherapy clinic. The staffs are incredibly supportive, and I can't thank Brandon and Alex enough for their amazing work. They helped me effectively address my tendinitis and wrist pains. The care and expertise I received here were truly exceptional, and I highly recommend this clinic to anyone in need of physiotherapy services. Thank you for making such a positive impact on my recovery!
Aaron Hofung
Aaron Hofung
13:44 03 Oct 23
Ari Citak
Ari Citak
21:35 21 Sep 23
Nick is one of the best athletic therapists I've ever worked with. I've been seeing him for many years and he's helped me through countless major and minor injuries and guided me through rehab that allowed me to get back to my sport even stronger. The entire staff is super nice and welcoming as well. They are very organized with appointment times and reminders. I would 10/10 recommend Physio for Surgery!
Michelle Tong
Michelle Tong
15:23 19 Sep 23
Alex was very attentive and with my interest in mind. I had 4 sessions with him for my sore elbow . After those 4 sessions, the pain was almost gone. Now, with the prescribed exercises, I have recovered completely.
Des Chan
Des Chan
03:06 12 Sep 23
Nick was so great and helpful. Have been going to see him for a while and it's always a pleasant experience. He takes the time to listen to my concerns. Would 10/10 recommend Physio for Surgery to anyone! They do a great job getting you back to your regular health!
Katarina Boehringer
Katarina Boehringer
17:53 23 Aug 23
I recently had the pleasure of visiting physio for surgery for a series of physiotherapy sessions, and I can't speak highly enough about the quality of care and service I received. From the moment I walked in, I was impressed by the warm and inviting atmosphere of the clinic.The staff there are not only knowledgeable and skilled in their field, but they also genuinely care about the well-being of their patients. Brandon and Nick took the time to thoroughly assess my condition and explain the treatment plan in a way that was easy to understand. Throughout each session, they demonstrated a high level of expertise, ensuring that I was comfortable and making steady progress.
Natalie L
Natalie L
20:40 16 Aug 23
First time using a physiotherapist and it was a total success. Great supportive staff, comfortable surroundings , state of the art equipment and foremost a positive outcome. Within 2 visits was able to walk on my injured knee without a cane and showed improvement on a daily basis with the prescribed exercises and subsequent visits . Walked the golf course yesterday with zero issues. Thanks Brandon and Nick and all the support staff ! Highest recommendation!
Mike Hoyle
Mike Hoyle
17:29 12 Aug 23
What a great team. I was referred to Nick through a buddy and he helped me get through a lingering back problem. My back hasn’t felt this good in years. Thanks man!
Jason Francis
Jason Francis
22:56 11 Aug 23
I injured my shoulder and the therapy I received from the great team of Physio for Surgery helped me to heal quickly. Very friendly and experienced team.
Salvador Sanchez
Salvador Sanchez
17:50 03 Aug 23
We are so happy with our results! Thank you Physio for Surgery!
Maureen Stewart
Maureen Stewart
18:18 31 Jul 23
Fixed my hand/arm issue within 4 visits.
Tyler B
Tyler B
14:30 18 Jul 23
All staff from reception to treatment rooms incredibly friendly & helpful. I would highly recommend your practice to anyone. Each session was covered by e mail and also prepared details for me to work on exercises on my own time. Nick was brilliant and totally helpful. Thank you !
cody n
cody n
18:12 04 Jul 23
Kyle Tong
Kyle Tong
15:58 16 Jun 23