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Acl Recovery Weight Training
I had ACL RECONSTRUCTION(left) on 18th April.
Slow recovery & still can't run.
Pain in right hip, am I possibly compensating by shifting weight right?
8-9 months: The initial recovery for acl reconstruction has dramatically improved. Most patients are now quite functional anywhere from 1-6 weeks after surgery, and can perform daily activities (and varies between surgeons and individual patients). However, the acl graft takes 8-9 months to fully mature, so pivoting activities still need to be restricted. Newer evidence is supporting the need to restrict. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stable knee: An acl reconstruction that heals well should provide you with a stable knee. Other variables such as the status of your knee joint cartilage and especially the status of your medial and lateral menisci also weigh heavily in determining your final degree of functional painfree recovery. Immediately postoperatively, you will have mild to moderate pain and swelling relieved by oral pain meds. ...Read more
Several stages : Recovery from acl reconstruction has many stages. For an isolated acl recon., you will usually start bearing weight as soon as you regain quad control. That may be a few days to a couple weeks. Next work to regain full range of motion for a couple weeks. Next you strengthen the leg in therapy. Depending on you graft choice and your choice of sport you may be back to full release at 6-12 mo. ...Read more
Well: After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. It can take up to 9 months to fully heal. Following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you are concerned talk to your doctor. Check Regenexx.Com ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See link: Here is link to detailed recovery http://www.Nycsportsmed.Com/pdf/2012/seneviratne%20acl%20rehab%20protocol%20 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. ...Read more
Rehab: Each surgeon performs that acl a little differently, but in general expect a week of rest, 5-6 weeks of range of motion exercises and quad activation, another 6 weeks of quad strengthening, 6 more weeks of rest with proprioception training. Some surgeons allow you to do more at 4 months, i tend to keep you down until about 8 months before any pivoting actions. ...Read more
6-12 mos: Although many sources suggest a full recovery to sports in 6 mos, it may be 6-12 months before you can return to full physical activities. Timing depends on the amount of knee damage, type of graft, specific sport, competition level, & psychology http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/acl-program/surgical-recovery/acl-rehab-expectations.html http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/dec12/clinical7.asp ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've torn my ACL and have surgery in a few weeks. What should I know that could help me prepare for the surgery or during recovery?
Prehab: The most important focus of the "pre-hab" stage prior to surgery is on your range of motion, quadriceps strength and hamstring flexibility. Your surgeon may suggest formalized physical therapy to assist in these exercise progressions. The recovery for this surgery to sport activity is 6-9 months typically. ...Read more
6-9 months: There are 2 considerations for recovery after acl reconstruction. First is the immediate surgery recovery, which can vary depending on surgeon and whether your own tendon is used. Generally you can be walking normally somewhere between 1 and 6 weeks. More importantly, the graft does not reincorporate until 6-8 months for your own and 8-9 months for donor graft. You cannot be pivoting before then. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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