the use of biofeedback for acl care
Cruciate ligament rupture
In the last years, lesions to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) have increased considerably, often associated with traumas that occurred during sports activities.
A typical ACL injury mechanism is a sudden and combined movement of lateral flexion and external / internal rotation, such as during a sudden change in direction or a sharp deceleration.
A “crack” noise, the presence of pain, instability and immediate swelling are the typical signs of an acute ACL injury.
Pain and swelling can be variable: modest in some cases, very marked in others.
In addition to the loss of joint stability, ligament injuries can cause damage to other joint structures, such as the meniscus, articular cartilage and collateral ligaments.
“Rehabilitation has a decisive influence on the quality of recovery from ACL reconstruction”
Improve rehabilitation to avoid relapses
It has been observed that the subjects most at risk, both for the rupture and for the incidence of re-rupture, are women (with an incidence from 2 to 8 times higher than men) and the very youngs.
Women for hormonal reasons still under study and for morphological, structural, bony and muscular aspects; the very youngs because they dedicate themselves intensively to sport, they tend to have the muscle mass of an adult but a bone structure that is still growing.
Rehabilitation has a decisive influence on the quality of recovery from ACL reconstruction and, if performed scrupulously, leads to a very high probability of optimal recovery and on schedule.
Gianluca Costa, at his innovative Chinelab rehabilitation center in Saluzzo (Cuneo), proposes a highly customized path aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the rehabilitation process and the consequent reduction in the risk of re-breaks.
The team that designed the route, immediately wanted to include the use of Riablo and its biofeedback technology, working on: mobility, muscle recruitment, strength, proprioception and technical / specific gesture.
“Chinelab offers a highly customized pathway that includes the use of Riablo and Back in Action”
Evaluation of progress and end rehabilitation test
As in all rehabilitative processes, also for the one designed by Chinelab it was necessary to introduce a series of tests to evaluate the improvements and objectively determine whether the patient is ready or not to return to sporting activity.
Back in Action is a scientifically validated battery of tests to evaluate stability, strength, agility, speed of the lower limbs and that offers a comparison with normative data to support the “go / no go” decision for the return to the activity minimizing consequently the risk of re-injury.
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