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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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How important is it to attend physical therapy after an ACL reconstruction?

Very: After acl tear and reconstruction, it is very common to see loss of muscle bulk (atrophy) of the quadriceps group of muscles which is the main knee muscle above the joint. These muscles need to be strengthened after acl repair. You will never find an athlete who undergoes acl repair/reconstruction who does not go through and extensive pt program. ...Read more

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How important is physical therapy after ACL reconstruction?

How important is  physical therapy after ACL reconstruction?

Very important: Having adequate therapy after acl surgery is very important. Your muscles have atrophied after being injured and immobilized. Your knee needs adequate range of motion and strengthening to recover adequately after acl surgery. ...Read more

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How important is physical therapy after ACL reconstruction?

Acl therapy: It is extremely important to have therapy after acl reconstruction to regain flexibility and strength. You should be able to transition to home exercises/gym after an initial pt treatment. ...Read more

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Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Physical therapy-Yes: Physical therapy is routinely recommended for most patients after undergoing knee surgery from arthroscopy to knee replacement. Trained and licensed physical therapists can help guide the rehabilitation process based upon guidance from your surgeon. ...Read more

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How important is physical therapy after having surgery on the knee to drain an abscess?

How important is physical therapy after having surgery on the knee to drain an abscess?

Knee Abscess: This depends on location of abscess, extent of surgery, how it effects the activity of the knee, and any other medical problems that you may have. I could be very helpful or not necessary depending on those conditions. If you physician has determined that you would benefit from physical therapy these variables have been considered. If you think it would be helpful discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long will rehabilitation after torn cruciate knee ligament surgery and why is rehabilitation needed? And how long after surgery return to sport?

How long will rehabilitation after torn cruciate knee ligament surgery and why is rehabilitation needed? And how long after surgery return to sport?

Ligament injury: Post surgical rehab can take up to 12 weeks. During that time your surgeon and physical therapist will work to improve range of motion, strength and stability of the knee. If you are an athlete, you may be looking at a total of 4 to 6 months after surgery before you can return to the level of strenuous activity as before. Advised to follow your restrictions and plan of care to the letter. ...Read more

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How much physical therapy is needed after knee replacement? How long should I expect to be in physical therapy after my knee replacement, and how often? .

How much physical therapy is needed after knee replacement? How long should I expect to be in physical therapy after my knee replacement, and how often?

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Depends on progress: Most patients receive physical therapy twice per day while in hospital and then usually 2-3 times per week after discharge from the hospital. Most patients have therapy for approximately 6-8 weeks and the frequency during that time depends on how they are progressing and how devoted they are to home exercise. All patients progress at different rates so some may need a little more or a little less. ...Read more

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How much time in physical therapy will I need after ACL reconstruction?

How much time in physical therapy will I need after ACL reconstruction?

3-4 months: Most people are inpt for about 3 months and then progrss to a home program, some patients are more familiar with muscle strengthening and conditioning programs and can be on their own a bit sooner with intermittent supervision by a pt oratc. Others are not as motivated or less familiar with exercising and need a longer period in formal pt. Full rehab from acl reconstruction is usually 9-12 mon. ...Read more

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What physical therapy is there to do after knee fusion?

What physical therapy is there to do after knee fusion?

PT: Transfers, balance, gait training, strengthening pelvis and hip muscles. ...Read more

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After ACL surgery will i be recommended a physical therapist?

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Maybe: There are many treatment philosophies after acl reconstruction. If your surgeon is able to take the time to go over your rehabilitation progress and instruct you on the exercises needed to restore function, the physical therapy is not needed. On the other hand, a physical therapist can often give you the time and attention needed to progress. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy necessary before ACL surgery?

Is physical therapy necessary before ACL surgery?

Goal: normal motion: Prior to ACL reconstructive surgery, it is advisable to have a knee that is "ready for surgery". Ideally this means the initial swelling and stiffness have resolved, quadriceps (thigh muscle) strength has returned, and most importantly- full knee motion is regained. Maximization of these three variables preoperatively help limit the morbidity of surgery. Physical therapy can help this process. ...Read more

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How long can physical therapy for ACL reconstruction surgery be?

How long can physical therapy for ACL reconstruction surgery be?

6 weeks to 6 months: This varies on the type of surgery and severity of associated knee injuries. Initially, physical therapy is critical to help regain full range of motion (2-6 weeks). Later, therapy is imperative for regaining strength, flexibility and agility. This period depends on the type of activity you desire to return to and can vary from 6 weeks to 6 months. In general, therapy should last several months. ...Read more

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How important is therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery ?

How important is  therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery ?

Very: Therapy is critical after replacement to restore your motion and rebuild strength. I would not perform surgery if i felt a patient would not perform or be unable to do therapy afterwards. ...Read more

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What is important to know for rehab after a rotator cuff repair?

What is important to know for rehab after a  rotator cuff repair?

Slow but steady: Recovery and rehab will vary widely depending on tear type, size, associated injuries, pre-operative function, post-operative goals, and repair type. In general, early treatment involves protection in a sling for 4-6 weeks and gentle range of motion exercises with eventual progression to strengthening exercises. Full recovery typically takes at least 3 months, but often can take 6-12 months. ...Read more

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How much physical therapy is required after hip arthroscopy? I am scheduled to have hip arthroscopy. For how many weeks will i need physical therapy after the procedure, and how often?

How much physical therapy is required after hip arthroscopy? I am scheduled to have hip arthroscopy. For how many weeks will i need physical therapy after the procedure, and how often?

Variable @ 6-12 wks: The extent and length of physical therapy after hip arthroscopy depends upon the exact nature of the procedure performed. Routinely patients attend procedure specific therapy twice weekly for 6-12 weeks postoperatively. Discuss your specific situation with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How important is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery?

How important is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery?

Extremely important: Physical therapy is crucial for full functional recovery after a total knee replacement. I believe that therapy should start as soon as possible, ideally the day after your surgery. Physical therapy should include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and strengthening exercises. Finding a skilled physical therapist is key to a complete recovery after receiving your new knee joint. ...Read more

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How soon after shoulder stabilization surgery will i be able to return to active lifestyle (yoga)? Probability of dislocation post surgery?

How soon after shoulder stabilization surgery will i be able to return to active lifestyle (yoga)?  Probability of dislocation post surgery?

3 months.: You should be able to participate in full yoga activities by 3 months following surgery. Re-dislocation rates after surgery are generally less than 10%. ...Read more

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