© 2014 Kyle Brown
Background and Purpose: The anterior cruciate ligament is a vital structure of the knee, especially for athletes involved in agility driven sports. Currently, the prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament injuries is on the rise in young female athletes. Females in general are more susceptible to these injuries because of their anatomical structure, possibly hormone balances, and other factors. The purpose of this Case Report is to provide a comprehensive account of the physical therapy treatment provided to a young female athlete status post left anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Case Description: The patient is an eighteen year old female athlete who injured her left anterior cruciate ligament while playing lacrosse in high school. She planned to play lacrosse and run track in college and underwent an anterior cruciate ligament repair with a medial meniscectomy. This was the patient's second anterior cruciate ligament repair (first was years prior on the right lower extremity) so she knew what to expect and was compliant with all physical therapy aspects. Outcomes: The patient made vast improvement in range of motion, strength, and functional abilities, but she due to time constraints and her college schedule she was not able to complete her rehabilitation with this clinic. She was either on par with, or surpassing all expected outcome measures at the time of discharge, but was not yet able to run or perform higher level/sport specific exercises. Discussion: The patient had no issues during this episode of care and achieved/surpassed the expected level of function for the discharge time. She is expected to make a full recovery and return to sport with the proper continued training and rehab.
Brown, Kyle, "Outpatient Physical Therapy Management Of A Female Athlete With A Left Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction And Left Medial Meniscectomy: A Case Report" (2014). Case Report Papers. 13.