ACL injury, treatment & reconstruction Adelaide

ACL injury, treatment & reconstruction Adelaide

Dr Hutchinson has a special interest in the treatment of ACL injuries and performs a high volume of ACL surgery. He performs ACL reconstruction for some of the best athletes in Australia, including professionals in the AFL, AFLW, SANFL, NBL and Superleague Netball. He offers the same very high level of care to ‘weekend warriors’ and emerging junior athletes in all sporting codes as he does to those currently competing at the highest level. Dr Hutchinson has specific, sub-specialist training, both within Australia and overseas, in treating ACL injuries in both adults and growing athletes enabling him to treat patients of all ages.

All educational videos below have been created for you by Dr Hutchinson. They will provide you with up-to-date information about ACL injury and treatment, no matter what your age, occupation, hobbies or other activities that you enjoy. The ‘Everything you need to know’ video is comprehensive and covers all aspects of ACL injury and treatment. Below this are smaller, bite-sized, videos that focus on a particular topic. Written ACL education (in PDF format) is also available to download.

What is the ACL?

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in your entire body.  The ligaments inside and outside the knee joint play an important role in preventing it moving too far in any one direction. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, is one of the most important stabilising ligaments in your knee joint. It connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia) inside your knee joint.

The ACL’s main job is to stop your knee overrotating or pivoting. This is especially important when you are moving from side to side or changing direction quickly. These are the movements you would perform regularly in a variety of sports, especially if you were trying to dodge around an opponent. The ACL is also crucial when landing, such as after jumping up to catch a ball, then coming back down and planting your foot on the ground.

What is an ACL Reconstruction?

Because the ACL is so badly damaged when it ruptures, it is unable to be repaired. It will not heal anywhere near enough to function normally. An ACL reconstruction is required. This completely replaces the ruptured ACL with something else. Your surgeon ‘borrows’ a tendon from somewhere else in your body, to take the place of your injured ACL. We call this borrowed tendon a graft.

Learn about ACL Injuries

ACL Injury & Reconstruction – Everything you need to know

What is the ACL? How and why does it rupture? What are the treatment options for ACL injury? What is recovery like after ACL surgery? In this comprehensive educational video, Dr Matthew Hutchinson answers all these questions and more with easy to understand information.

ACL Injury & Reconstruction – A Snapshot

COVID-19 has led to interrupted pre-season training for all sports. Due to a lack of conditioning and match fitness, many athletes will be at higher risk of ACL injury when they return to the sporting field over the next few weeks. But what is the ACL?

What happens when my ACL ruptures?

An ACL doesn’t just ‘tear’ when injured, it actually explodes! An ACL injury also involves your entire knee joint, not just the ACL itself. In this educational video, find out what happens inside your knee joint when the ACL is injured….

What is an ACL reconstruction?

What actually is a ‘knee reconstruction’? Why do so many athletes require treatment for an ACL injury? Find out exactly what an ACL reconstruction involves in this educational video.

Meniscus tears with ACL injuries

A meniscus is a true unsung hero inside your knee joint. Without a meniscus, you would rapidly develop knee arthritis. Meniscal tears are commonly associated with ACL injuries.

Do I need an ACL reconstruction?

So, you’ve ruptured your ACL? But what is the best treatment for you? Treatment of ACL injuries varies amongst patients of different ages and genders.

ACL reconstruction in growing athletes (children)

Did you know that ACL injuries are far more common in children/adolescents than they are in adults? Fortunately, advances in ACL treatments and surgical techniques mean that ACL reconstruction in these patients is now both safe and effective.

Recovery after ACL surgery

How long will I be in hospital? When can I walk and drive a car? When can I return to work, school and sports?

What are the risks of ACL surgery?

ACL surgery is safe and effective, and complications are rare. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with ACL surgery that all patients need to be aware of.

I’ve just injured my ACL, what now?

Many athletes are confused about what they can and can’t do after they sustain an ACL injury. Common mistakes include keeping your knee in a rigid brace and not putting weight through it.

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