Partial ACL and PCL Tear: Using Aquatic Therapy in Place of Surgery
He began using the pool the day after the injury once a fracture had been ruled out and prior to a formal diagnosis. Regardless of diagnosis, whether surgical or non-surgical Adam felt it would be to his advantage to keep the knee as strong and mobile as possible while decreasing the swelling which occurred in the first 12 hours following injury. Treatments began with an emphasis on normal function until a diagnosis and surgical plan was made. He noticed immediate improvements from using the pool, including decreased swelling, increased flexion and extension of the knee, normalized gait pattern and confidence transferring weight to the affected lower extremity when on land.