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Should someone who has had acl reconstruction avoid going to the gym?

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Dr. Allen Lu answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

No!: The goal of an acl reconstruction is to allow you to perform pivoting motions and return to normal activities. So you should definitely get back to the gym and try to return to your baseline!

Answered 3/5/2013

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No: Once the acl reconstruction heals you can return to all sports. Here's what you can do at the gym. Upper body work outs - no problem 6 weeks post op. Jogging on treadmill - usually can do after 8weeks post op. Cutting sports such as skiing, tennis, soccer - minimum 6months post op, but safest after one year. Please consult with your surgeon for guidelines related specifically to you. Hope that helps.

Answered 4/16/2016

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Dr. Merrick Wetzler answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

No not necessarily: After acl reconstruction going to the gym and doing the exercises that you have learn in therapy is good. Before doing anything you should consult you therapist and physician.

Answered 4/24/2019

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Dr. Theodore Shybut answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

No: The purpose of aclr is restoring stability to your knee to allow return to desired activity level following proper and complete rehabilitation. Talk to your surgeon and pt: you can do your rehab exercises in the gym once you know them; you can progress your workouts as a part of your overall rehab. If you did not go before surgery, after you've fully rehabbed is a good time to start. Be safe. Good luck!

Answered 12/9/2013

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