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What happens if you do not get therapy after an ACL surgery?

What happens if you do not get therapy after an ACL surgery?

Many things: You will have a prolonged rehabilitation process, perhaps more pain and swelling, perhaps loss of function and a poor outcome. You may heal, but you will not heal as well as with the therapy and may not be able to do what you would like down the road. Work with your doctor and therapist to be all that you can be without joining the militatry! ...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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What can I expect for post ACL surgery therapy?

What can I expect for post ACL surgery therapy?

Physical Therapy: You should begin a dedicated physical therapy protocol that has been time tested to help maximize range of motion of your knee while not placing your reconstructed acl in jeopardy. You should discuss this with your ortho surgeon and schedule your first pt appointment before surgery. ...Read more

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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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After ACL surgery will I have to go to a physical therapy place?

After ACL surgery will I have to go to a physical therapy place?

Absolutely: Maintaining range of motion, increasing strength, re-learning complex knee movements are all part of a graduated physical therapy program following acl reconstruction. Therapists are an integral part of the treatment team. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy activities are common after ACL surgery?

ROM/Strength: The first things to do will be to begin range of motion exercises. Then there will be strengthening exercises. This is very important to begin to get you back to as normal or better than your were. Work with your therapist and work hard. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about treatment post ACL surgery!?

Can you tell me about treatment post ACL surgery!?

Typical protocol for: Me is bracing in hinged brace. Dressing off at 4-7 days and then you can shower. Stitches out at 14 days. All the while therapy in the brace and wean out of brace 4-6 weeks once quad strength has returned. Crutch use typically is done by 2-3 weeks. Then pt 2-3 times a week until about 2-3 months. ...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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What happens after i get ACL surgery?

What happens after i get ACL surgery?

ACL surgery: You will likely be on crutches for 1-3 weeks. You will likely be enrolled in a rehab or physical therapy program. You will likely use a brace to protect the knee for the first several months. ...Read more