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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

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 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 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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Physical therapy exercises after bunion surgery?

Yes: They are good...Range of motion for motion, and then modalities to decrease any swelling. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy needed after lunate dislocation?

Is physical therapy needed after lunate dislocation?

Occupational Therapy: Most likely. You should see an occupational therapist/hand specialist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. ...Read more

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Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery imporant?

Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery  imporant?

Very important: Therapy is important after knee replacement in order to regain all of your range of motion and in order to work on strengthening the knee so that you can have a normal gait (walk normally without a limp.). ...Read more

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Physical therapy after pelvic fracture?

Physical therapy after pelvic fracture?

Usually: Depends on the type of pelvic fracture and treatment required. At the least, therapy for gait training is usually recommended. Sometimes more involved therapy for range of motion, balance, and strengthening is recommended. ...Read more

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Is rehab needed before ACL surgery?

Is rehab needed before ACL surgery?

See below: Yes.! this is helpful to reduce edema swelling , improve range of motion , some strength and educate on future anticipated rehabilitation after reconstruction . It is always important for the patient to do prescribed home exercises in between their outpatient supervised therapy sessions to achieve the best surgical outcome . Good luck thank you. ...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?

3 months is routine: Not all ACL injuries/reconstructions are the same. I routinely prescribe 12 wks of formal ptx after ACL reconstruction. Incremental reevaluations @ 1, 6, and 12 weeks allow this standard timeline of therapy to be adjusted to best suit the needs of each patient with a goal to reach maximal functional recovery for all activities of daily living by 3 months. A walk to jog program can begin @ 12 wks. ...Read more

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When is PCL knee reconstruction necessary after a sports injury?

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When is PCL knee reconstruction necessary after a sports injury?

Variable: A PCL partially heals in a slightly looser position. Some patients have minimal difficulty with a PCL tear while others have instability sensations and weak push-off strength. Still others have rotational instability. Because of this, the PCL discussion needs to be personalized to your specific situation. This should really be addressed with a PCL sports medicine specialist. ...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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Is a formal physical therapy program necessary after total shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthritis?

Is a formal physical therapy program necessary after total shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthritis?

Yes.: Physical therapy is necessary to restore range of motion, strength and function to your shoulder. It is also important in minimizing the risk of developing a frozen shoulder post-operatively. ...Read more

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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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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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3 weeks post op shoulder surgery repair torn labrum & torn rotator cuff. Physical therapy started. Is popping and clicking normal after surgery?

3 weeks post op shoulder surgery repair torn labrum & torn rotator cuff. Physical therapy started. Is popping and clicking normal after surgery?

Yes, don't worry.: Not all popping and clicking is a sign of trouble. In fact, because of the swelling that occurs after most shoulder surgeries, it is common. Remember to ice, do gentle range of motion exercises and begin early strengthening as directed by you surgeon and carried out by your physical therapist. In time, the noises will resolve as you recover. ...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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Acl and meniscus reconstruction surgery done. What is the rehabilitation period for recovery?

Acl and meniscus reconstruction surgery done. What is the rehabilitation period for recovery?

6-12 mos: Acl: generally speaking. 12 wks for straight line jogging, 6 mos for pivoting activity. 12 mos for full recovery. Maybe a bit longer if allograft used. Meniscus: most meniscal surgeries are a meniscectomy rather than a repair. Meniscectomy recovery is about 1-2 months depending upon other factors. Meniscal healing after a repair is not a guarantee. It takes 6-12 months for full healing. ...Read more

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What type of physical therapy should be done after an ACL replacement surgery?

What type of physical therapy should be done after an ACL replacement surgery?

Physical Therapy: Make sure you rehabilitate your newly repaired knee with a certified physical therapist. They will help you strengthen the muscles around your knee, and teach you a home exercise program of appropriate exercises to work the knee appropriately. ...Read more

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

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

ACL rehabilitation: We believe all patients benefit from great pt after ACL treatment. It is best to mobilize the tissues early to reduce scar formation and to increase range of motion. Athletes lose less muscle and proprioception if training starts on day one after surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more


Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more