What is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament ("ACL")
The cruciate ligaments are of considerable strength, situated in the middle of the joint, nearer to its posterior than to its anterior surface. They are called cruciate because they cross each other somewhat like the lines of the letter X; and have received the names anterior and posterior, from the position of their attachments to the tibia. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ligamentum cruciatum anterius; external crucial ligament) is attached to the depression in front of the intercondyloid eminence of the tibia, being blended with the anterior extremity of the lateral meniscus; it passes upward, backward, and lateralward, and is fixed into the medial and back part of the lateral condyle of the femur.
An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a tear in one of the knee ligaments that join the upper leg bone to the lower leg bone. The ACL helps keep your knee stable. Your ACL can be injured if your knee joint is bent backward, twisted, or bent side to side. The chance of injury is higher if more than one of these movements occurs at the same time. Contact (being hit by another person or object) also can cause an ACL injury.
Treatment For ACL / Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Not all ACL injuries end in surgery, but the majority due. With all injuries, please consult with a doctor.
In nonsurgical treatment, progressive physical therapy and rehabilitation can restore the knee to a condition close to its pre-injury state and educate the patient on how to prevent instability. Post surgery recovery is a long process to restabilize the knee and reduce swelling and inflammation.
The best way to manage pain and inflammation from an ACL surgery is combining ice and compression. Icing (10-15min) contracts the blood vessels, slowing down circulation and ceasing metabolic activity, thus subsiding inflammation and abating pain. As the muscle warms back up, blood vessels open wider than before increasing the circulation and metabolic activity to quickly heal the injured area.
Compression's main function is to engage a lymphatic flush. A lymphatic flush aids the body when it can’t rid itself of cellular waste during the healing process, inflaming the tissue and causing pain. If you can’t get that waste out of your body, you can’t recover. Combining cryotherapy and compression therapy into one product expedites this recovery process.
Recoup Cryosleeve + BOA® | Ice + Adjustable Compression
The Recoup Cryosleeve feat. BOA® Fit System redefines cold therapy and recovery by combining 360° cooling and customized compression into an innovative single-unit sleeve. After placing the Cryosleeve in the freezer, simply slide it over your leg, push down on the BOA dials, twisting until your ideal compression level is reached. Release compression by pulling up on the BOA dial and store in the freezer until next use.
- BOA® Fit System – dial into a fast, effortless, precision fit
- 1 Hour of Cold Relief
- Reduce Inflammation 360° Cold Compression Coverage
- 100% Leak Proof
- Can be used directly on skin
Cryosleeve Vs. ACL Injury
The Cryosleeve's ice cold compression aiding in the recovery process bring together the use of cryotherapy, support of a brace and the benefits custom adjustable compression. The Cryosleeve 360° icing design cools the entire lower quad, knee, and upper calf, recouping ACL problem areas. The BOA dials are strategically placed above and below the knee to give 360° compression adding stability to the joint and surrounding area limiting muscle vibration, speeding up recovery time.
How To Treat ACL Injury With The Cryosleeve:
- Take the Cryosleeve out of the freezer.
- Slip the Cryosleeve on your leg to the base of the quad.
- Press down and twist on the BOA Dials. For more compression twist, the BOA dials more, for less compression twist less.
- Leave on the leg for 10-15min.
- Release compression by pulling up on the BOA Dials.
- Place back in the freezer until next use.
- Repeat the following steps at least once a day.
HOW TO RECOUP ACL: THE R.I.C.E. METHOD
Relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Rest. Rest and protect the injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.
Ice. Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Use your Cryosleeve right away to prevent or minimize swelling. Treat the affected area for 10-20 minutes, 3 or more times a day.
Compression. Tighten your Cryosleeve using the BOA® Fit System dials to help decrease swelling. Adjust to your comfort level; too tight can cause more swelling below the affected area.
Elevation. Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying cold treatment and anytime you are sitting or lying down.
Recoup Cryosleeve for the assist!
"My boyfriend came across these as I was in my initial days of post ACL/Meniscus repair with an accompanies MCL tear. Off work for 5 months because you can’t work in an ICU like that. These are going to be my BEST FRIEND as I make my return to a very busy work life. Going to allow me to ice at the nurses station and get up and go when I need to!"- Bri N.
"I had an ACL replacement many years ago and I now suffer from arthritis in my knee. I have since, injured my other knee and needed some relief. The sleeves and the cold roller ball are both amazing. The sleeves provide the overall pain relief and the roller ball can be used to target a specific area. I love the products!"- Nora W.
"I recently tore my ACL and had surgery on it in December. I ice it about 4-5 times a day. This product has really made my recovery process easier than the first time. I love this product and have recommended it to my teammate who has a knee problem."- Mark W.