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A 47-year-old member asked:

How to know what is best for acl repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Stage of recovery?: This answer depends on what stage of recovery you are in. Generally i allow stationary biking (with pt or atc supervision) at 6 weeks, and ellipitcal at 9-12 weeks. There is some variation to this based on individual progress, and in whether or not there were injuries in addition to the acl tear (i.e. Meniscus tear).

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is best in ACL repair physical therapy, an elliptical machine or stationary bike?

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Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Physical therapy: Physical may include dozens of different exercises including the two you mentioned. Consulting with a physical therapist after surgery is critical to the healing process.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is better for physical therapy after ACL repair - elliptical machine or stationary bike?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Personal preference: Both elliptical machines and stationary bikes are great adjuncts to an ACL reconstruction rehabilitation program. They both protect the recovering knee and new ACL from unsafe forces such as rotating and pivoting while also limiting impact loading. Some patients do not like one or the other pieces of equipment, so it is nice to have various options.

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