After ACL reconstruction surgery it is important to treat your incision with care to make sure it has the ultimate healing process. After the sutures are removed, keep the area clean and dry. There are many techniques to help the incision heal faster. Laser therapy on and around the scar can help speed up the recovery process. It is also good to take a fragrance free lotion and lightly massage the area on and around the incision with your fingers so that the skin will heal and avoid any scabbing. But what about the scar tissue?
What is scar tissue? Everyone develops scar tissue over time. It is the bodies natural way of healing. Our soft tissue are made mostly of collagen which are wound together in a net like formation called fascia. When injury occurs, it causes frays and kinks in the collagen strands which causes scar tissue. When a surgeon performs knee surgery, they have to cut into multiple layers of anatomy: epidermis or the skin surface, subcutaneous fat, fascia or connective tissue, muscles, tendons, ligaments and the lining around the bone called the ostium. If the scar tissue doesn’t appropriately heal; excessive scar tissue around the joints and incision can cause impaired function, pain, and reduce range of motion.
Check out my video to see some tips and techniques to reducing scar tissue build up around your incision and around the knee joint using Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
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