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How many weeks of physical therapy are needed after ACL repair?

How many weeks of physical therapy are needed after ACL repair?

It depends: It depends on a host of factors. Some important factors are the pre- surgical condition of your quads and hamstrings, your overall general conditioning, whether this was an isolated injury or whether other structures (e.G pcl, medial meniscus, etc.) were also injured, amount of post-op swelling. There are many others. Range often as quick as 10 weeks or as long as 6 months. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is best to do for ACL repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

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What is best to do for ACL repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

All three: Most acl reconstruction patients have quad muscle inhibition after surgery, so controlling quad function is a major part of physical therapy. A stationary bicycle also helps by working on the quad muscle group. The elliptical machine does not specifically help with the quad or knee muscle groups, but is an excellent overall conditioning system. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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How important is physical therapy after ACL reconstruction?

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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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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What kind and duration of physical therapy is for ACL reconstruction?

What kind and duration of physical therapy is for ACL reconstruction?

Roughly 6 months: This is not my strong suite, as i work with children exclusively. But it is important to rehabilitate under the direct supervision of a skilled physical therapist. Typically the rehab is most intense in the first 6 weeks focused on restoring range of motion. Home exercise program is essential as well. Then several weeks of return to function and eventually sport. ...Read more

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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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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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Physiotherapy (Definition)

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