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when can i start driving after acl reconstruction?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: This depends on the limb that is injured and the other structures repaired. If your non-driving leg undergoes surgery, generally one can drive when able to get in and out of a car and when not adversely affected by pain medications from surgery (2-14 days). For your driving leg, it depends on the restrictions pertinent to your individual repair and must be discussed with your doctor (7-28 days).
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
R slower than L knee: Generically it may take longer to be able to drive safely after right knee surgery since this is your driving foot. Once you are off daytime narcotics, can efficiently get into and out of car seat, and have painfree and normal reaction time moving from gas to brake pedal, you are probably safe to drve. Many state have something like our state's "impaired driver law". Check with your dmv.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Why is recovery time for an ACL injury so long?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
ACl heals upto 9 mo: When you have ACL reconstruction, a new ligament is created and held in your knee with screws or other fixation devices. The ACL then has to heal in this position in order to withstand repetitive stresses associated with sports activities. The problem with any type of ACL graft fixation method is that, if repeatedly stressed before the graft has healed in position, the fixation will fail.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you get an ACL injury from anything besides sports?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sure: Unfortunately, something as simple as slipping upon an ice patch or stepping in a pothole with the knee twisting the wrong way can cause ACL injuries.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is running on a treadmill bad for me if I tore my ACL a year ago?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Not necessarily: As long as you have rehabed the musclesof your thighs (quads and hamstrings) running should not be a problem. Elliptical machines and bicycles may feel better though. If choosing to cycle, make sure the seat is adjusted propely - leg should almost fully extend when pedal is down, but the knee should not ever lock.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to heal from ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
5-12 months, varies: This is highly variable depending on other injuries in the knee, the activity level you are returning to, and the type of surgery/graft choice used to replace your acl. In general, daily activities and sedentary work can be resumed in 2-6 weeks. Full healing of the graft varies from 6 months to 2 years. Most sports can be resumed at 6-9 months, but normal strength and function may take longer.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I strengthen my MCL and acl?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
You cannot: The mcl and acl ligaments are structures that develop on their own. They cannot be strengthened with exercises or training. You can, however, strengthen supporting muscles such as the quads and hamstrings that control motion through the knee.

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