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How long after ACL knee surgery do I need physical therapy?

How long after ACL knee surgery do I need physical therapy?

About 3 months: Most patients require around 3 months of therapy to recover from this surgery. The first month is focused on regaining range of motion and gait training, followed by a program of hamstring and quadriceps strengthening. By 3 months, most patients can do a home program to continue to strengthen their knees or more sport specific rehabiliation. ...Read more

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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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Why do I need physical therapy before my knee surgery?

Why do I need physical therapy before my knee surgery?

Strengthening: You want to have as much muscle mass and strength prior to surger as possible. You also want as much joint mobility as possible. Thise will put you ahead after the surgery and the rebuilding of the knee function. ...Read more

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My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery  one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

Quite variable: This will depend upon what type of surgery you had. Simple procedures such as a partial meniscectomy may require no therapy at all, whereas surgery to reconstruct a ligament injury may involve many weeks of formal therapy and months of strengthening and recovery. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and i'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left?Can i make it as strong as my left

I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and i'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left?Can i make it as strong as my left

Possibly: It all depends on what kind of knee surgery you had back then. Was the cartilage injured, was there a meniscal tear, etc. If it is just a strength issue then yes you can rehab. ...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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28 yr-old had ACL repair 10 years ago, and has felt leaning and off-balanced since a second surgery 5 yrs ago, and hopes to find a cure.....?

28 yr-old had ACL repair 10 years ago, and has felt leaning and off-balanced since a second surgery 5 yrs ago, and hopes to find a cure.....?

Full ortho eval: Initial radiographs would need to include weightbearing views: Bilateral standing AP, PA Rosenberg, full extension lateral and bilateral sunrise views. If any hint of poor alignment noted, then proceed with full hip-knee-ankle bilateral mechanical axis views to determine where weightbearing line from center of femoral head to ankle crosses at the knee joint. This will help determine if an osteotomy in such a young patient is indicated or should be considered. After imaging and a full examination for motion strength, and laxity, an MRI would help finalize any plans for potential surgery by delineating the degree of any cartilage or meniscal and ligamentous pathology. With history of hyperextension, a definite concern is whether posterolateral corner (LCL, popliteus and popliteofibular ligament) is also involved or injured/loose. ...Read more

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How long before i can recommence training following ACL knee surgery?

How long before i can recommence training following ACL knee surgery?

It depends: It depends on how quickly you recover and what your surgeon says. What i say does not matter. ...Read more

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How long is the rehab ACL knee surgery?

How long is the rehab ACL knee surgery?

3-6 months : Sometimes longer many varibles preop fitness post op goals type of repair fixation device used other injuires your surgeon can tell you best. ...Read more

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How long will my doctor prescribe narcotics after ACL reconstruction knee surgery?

How long will my doctor prescribe narcotics after ACL reconstruction knee surgery?

Variable: How long pain medications are prescribed after acl reconstruction is variable. I have some patients that take medications only a few days. I have others that need medications as long as a few weeks. Respecting the need for rest, ice, compression and elevation for the first few days after the surgery helps reduce your need for pain medications. Antiinflammatory medications are a helpful adjunct. ...Read more

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How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain

How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain

Varies: It varies, arthroscopic knee surgery describes the approach used, but not the exact surgery done once inside the knee. Did you have a complete ACL tear? If a meniscal tear is trimmed, recovery usually about 2-4 weeks, if ACL reconstructed then 8-12 weeks, if ACL torn but not reconstructed, you may have persistent instability. Let your surgeon know about the incident you are describing. ...Read more

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After an ACL knee surgery would the knee be the same as before (good) if not.. Why? Thanks

After an ACL knee surgery would the knee be the same as before (good)  if not..  Why?        Thanks

See below: Alot of people do very well after an acl repair. If you don't have meniscal tear, cartilage damage, tear of ther ligament and the surgery went perfect, chance of return to normality is high. Be careful not to injure it again. If the patellar tendon is used as an acl graft, degeneration of the patellar cartilage may occur so be careful with it and do well with physical therapy. ...Read more

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When is air travel post knee surgery(acl reconstruction) ok?

When is air travel post knee surgery(acl reconstruction) ok?

Acl travel: I would wait at least a week before traveling on a plane. Recommend some type of blood thinner either prescription or ar least Aspirin to prevent blood clots. Also do not sit down for the whole flight. ...Read more

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I am having knee surgery (acl replacement and meniscus scope) and I am allergic to hydrocodone. What should I expect?

I am having knee surgery (acl replacement and meniscus scope) and I am allergic to hydrocodone. What should I expect?

Different painkiller: You should discuss the signs of your reaction to hydrocodone with your anesthesiologist, who, based on the other information about your health and input from surgeon will formulate anesthesia plan dor you, that will include the postoperative analgesia. You are not alone and there suitable alternatives. ...Read more

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