Musculoskeletal Injuries

ACL Tear/Rupture

“ACL” refers to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament within the knee joint. It is located behind the kneecap and acts to provide stability to the knee whilst moving and pivoting.  An ACL injury occurs when the femur (Thigh bone) moves forward in relation to the rest of the joint, causing the ACL to overstretch and tear.

ACL injuries occur more often in non-contact accidents whereby the person is pivoting, decelerating or landing from a jump yet can also occur when someone or something falls onto the knee.

Although the occurrence of ACL injuries is vast, this often devastating injury is largely preventable with muscular and neuromuscular exercise training.

ACL Injury Treatment

Once the injury is established, the first (and often only) treatment strategy considered is surgical ACL repair. This involves repair of reconstructing the ACL with a graft to provide stability for the knee.

With the incidence of surgical reconstructions and revisions (Secondary ACL surgeries) in Australia being amongst the highest in the world and lead studies finding no significant difference in reported outcomes between surgery and conservative (Exercise) treatment, it is high time for considering exercise as the first treatment strategy. This treatment involves gradual progression through evidence based flexibility, balance and strength exercises with an objective of returning to pre-injury function. This has been shown to not only successfully provide stability for the knee, but also allow reconnection of ACL tissue in some cases. It has also been repeatedly proven to improve surgical outcomes. Therefore if function is not achieved with conservative treatment it has increased your chances for success with surgical treatment, making for perfect pre-operative preparation and minimising recovery times.

To discuss ACL injury treatment in more detail, book a consult and discuss treatment options by booking below or filling out the “We’ll call you” section.

Corrie Johnstone

Corrie Johnstone has been a Triathlon Australia Accredited Development Coach since 2013 and is currently completing her candidacy for the Performance Coach accreditation. Corrie additionally holds Certificates 3 & 4 in Fitness. She has extensive experience in coaching beginner to advanced athletes to multiple personal bests, age group podiums, and World Championship qualification in both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances.

A triathlete herself for 4 years, Corrie has personal experience racing various distances of triathlon and has completed eight 70.3 distance triathlons with a number of top 10 age group results, as well placing 3rd in the Overall Pursuit Sprint Series 25-29F in the 2014/2015 season. She is currently an A grade female cyclist in WA, placed 2nd in the State Open/Elite Road Race Championship in 2017, was 1st Female at the ATTA 2018 Hill Climb Championship and Overall Female Winner of the Goldfields Cyclassic 2018.

Mitchell Craig

Mitch is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist holding degrees in both Sport and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Mitch has developed his passion and knowledge in exercise physiology throughout experience providing customised exercise treatment at various sports clubs, gyms, private therapy practices, corporate health companies, onsite and in rehabilitation centers.

Mitch has been dedicated to offering an individualised approach with his treatment, emphasising education to improve functional independence. Mitch shows a particular interest in exercise for improving adolescent mental health and as a conservative treatment modality for over 50’s.

Mitch commits to the “exercise is medicine” philosophy, competing in endurance running, motocross, mountain biking, and powerlifting. He has also completed various local and international trekking adventures taking him through North and South America, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and indonesia.

Sarah Duinjey

Sarah is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist holding a degree in both Exercise and Health Science and Exercise Rehabilitation, as well as a qualified Pilates Instructor with a Diploma in Pilates Instruction from Pilates Fitness Institute. Sarah integrates her knowledge of the Pilates method into her Exercise Physiology work to ensure the client receives a well-rounded, comprehensive exercise experience.

Sarah is a passionate dancer with 20+ years experience. She has completed all of her CSTD Theatrical and Tapping exams, achieving high results in her Theatrical Performance Shield (2013) and Gold Cross (2016) as well as completing RAD Ballet exams. Sarah has been able to work with many young dancers to help them grow and improve.

Sarah is very passionate about identifying and helping people of all ages to improve any muscle imbalances, strength deficits and flexibility issues to help them achieve their life goals.

Shane Johnstone

Shane is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with ten years experience holding a Masters degree in Occupational Rehabilitation and Workplace Injury Management along with a Bachelor of Science (Sport Science), Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Certificate IV in Safety, Certificate IV Healthcare (Pre-Ambulance) and Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Evaluation. Shane draws from his diverse previous work experiences as an Exercise Physiologist in a Rehabilitation Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation, Researcher for Edith Cowan University, Strength & Conditioning coach for WAFL Football and State teams, Lifestyle Coordinator on remote mine sites, Health Consultant for corporate companies and the Content Developer of a Men’s eHealth Network to provide a holistic health approach for his clients.

Shane’s main area of service focus is musculoskeletal injuries under the WA Workers Compensation act.

Shane is also the CEO of Be Inspired Foundation an organisation that aims to improve the health of disadvantaged youth by helping them to engage with appropriate health professionals for diet advice, exercise guidance and adjustment counselling.

Shane is an endurance sport enthusiast, primarily trail running, but also enjoys cycling, swimming and paddling. Shane has trekked to Base Camp of Mt Everest, completed the Kokoda Trail and reached the summit of Mt Rinjani. Shane in April 2018 ran the 1005km Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Kalamunda and recorded the Fastest Known Time - 11 days 7 hours and 8 minutes.

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