Home Treatments for ACL Injuries

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of four knee ligaments that holds the leg together. It helps to stabilize movement in the knee. Most ACL injuries are tears that cause severe swelling and loss of motion. An ACL injury can be sudden and very painful. Most ACL injuries require doctor’s care and may require surgery with rehabilitation down the line. ACL injuries occur frequently during sports such as football, basketball, soccer and skiing.

How can I prevent an ACL Injury?

  • Stretching and strengthen the leg muscles, especially the front and back of the thighs.
  • Avoid shoes with cleats when playing high contact sports such as football.
    Stay away from high heeled shoes.
  • Reduce playtime of sports that involve twisting of the legs and knees.

What are the symptoms of ACL Injury?

  • The sound or sensation of the knee “popping” when injured.
  • Pain on the back and outside of the knee.
  • Sudden swelling around the knee.
  • Limited knee motion.
  • Instability, buckling, or “giving out” of the knee when walking.

How do I treat an ACL Injury?

You will likely need a doctors care for the immediate injury, but these remedies will help to reduce pain and swelling.

  • Follow the R.I.C.E. method: Rest the knee, Ice it, Compress with an bandage, and Elevate the leg so that it’s resting above your heart.
  • Perform some stabilizing exercises that will help to restrengthen the muscles once the knee is cleared by your doctor.
  • Take herbal supplements such as Harpagophytum procumbens, Glucosamine sulphate and Boswellia to help improve joint and cartilege health and muscle comfort.
  • Try a compress using a paste of egg yolk and 2 teaspoons turmeric to help draw out the pain and swelling.Try a warm back with epsom salts to help reduce the swelling.
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