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The management pathway following a rupture of the ACL is a shared decision-making process
between the patient and healthcare providers. Patients should be properly informed of the risks and
benefits of each treatment option.

Here are the main management options:

The following summarises the risks and benefits of surgical management and non-surgical
management for isolated ACL ruptures:

Benefits of ACL reconstruction:

Benefits of ACL rehab without surgery:

Risks of ACL reconstruction:

Risks of ACL rehab without surgery:

Regardless of which management pathway is chosen, a rigorous, structured, progressive, and well-
designed rehabilitation program is essential for optimising return to sport and function, and injury
prevention. If you need help with ACL rehabilitation reach out to our experienced physiotherapists.

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