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Can I run marathon after ACL reconstruction?

Can I run marathon after ACL reconstruction?

Generally yes: The purpose of aclr is restoring stability to your knee for athletic activities (though acl is more important in cutting/pivoting/agility/jumping and less so for straight line running). Proper and complete rehabilitation followed by proper marathon training should allow you to run. Talk to your surgeon--other factors such as cartilage or meniscus injuries could be more limiting. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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4 months post ACL reconstruction, started slow running, now have tibial plateau pain?

4 months post ACL reconstruction, started slow running, now have tibial plateau pain?

1st, establish Dx: Pain near the joint line has many potential causes. Discuss with your surgeon whether this is medial or lateral and whether you had meniscal or articular cartilage damage. The problem may be as simple as overtraining, but you need a diagnosis before you can direct treatment to resolve your problem. ...Read more

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I had acl reconstruction surgery on my left knee Oct 2014. I recently started experiencing pain in my left arch after running a mile. Help?

I had acl reconstruction surgery on my left knee Oct 2014. I recently started experiencing pain in my left arch after running a mile. Help?

ACL recon: 22 year old lady s/p ACL reconstruction. What method did your surgeon use? Patellar tendon, Achilles allograft, hamstring? Rest, ice your foot until pain free then return to your running activity. Compress with an ACE and elevate if swollen. If any significant bruising or continued pain see MD. This is a sports injury probably not related to your ACL recon however you can discuss w/MD ...Read more

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Is it safe to go back to soccer after ACL reconstruction? What type of brace will i need? Would you recommend going back to play soccer and run track?

Is it safe to go back to soccer after ACL reconstruction? What type of brace will i need? Would you recommend going back to play soccer and run track?

Yes,: In most cases people can return to sports (including soccer & track) following an acl reconstruction, especially if it is the first time you've had a tear. However, return to play comes after months of rehab, and usually includes bracing. Your surgeon can help you decide which brace is best for your specific needs (may be custom fit bracing). For more info: ...Read more

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When can you run after ACL surgery?

Depends: This is dependent on a few things including your physicians protocol, and quad strength. The protocol i follow begins light straight line jogging at three months post op. Consult with your physician and/or physical therapist. ...Read more

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How to ease back into running after ACL surgery?

How to ease back into running after ACL surgery?

Running`: I usually tell my acl patients to wait 3 months before running. They usually have been on a bike for at least 6-8 weeks by that time. You should ease into it by running a block or two and then walking a block. Most patients can get back to running fairly quickly at that point. Always listen to your knee especially if it swells. ...Read more

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Will I ever be able to run again after ACL surgery?

Will I ever be able to run again after ACL surgery?

Running after ACL: Surgery to reconstruct an ACL is not something that eliminates running from your exercise routine. You do you need to adequately rehab your knee and leg prior to running again after surgery. Assuming you did not have other injuries in addition to the ACL, you should be able to run without restrictions after completing your rehabilitation. ...Read more

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After ACL repair, will I be able to climb stairs normally, jump, run or dance again?

After ACL repair, will I be able to climb stairs normally, jump, run or dance again?

Yes: Results of acl surgery are generally good but are influenced by overall condition of knee. Associated cartilage damage or unsalvageable (unrepairable) meniscal tearing do definitely adversely affect outcome. In the patient with an isolated acl tear without associated damage 90 some % will return to an active lifestyle. ...Read more

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