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Will I have to wear a brace after i recover and rehab from ACL reconstruction? I plan to go back to football and basketball

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Possibly

After acl reconstruction most surgeons still utilize a postoperative 'rehab ' brace for 6 weeks; although some acl surgeons do not .
'functional' , custom-fit acl braces are most commonly used after5-6 months for athletes returning to sports, esp. Football.Personaly, i still prefer post-op braces to help obtain full extension and prevent inadvertent hyperextension; 'custom' @6 months for football..

In brief: Possibly

After acl reconstruction most surgeons still utilize a postoperative 'rehab ' brace for 6 weeks; although some acl surgeons do not .
'functional' , custom-fit acl braces are most commonly used after5-6 months for athletes returning to sports, esp. Football.Personaly, i still prefer post-op braces to help obtain full extension and prevent inadvertent hyperextension; 'custom' @6 months for football..
Dr. David Trettin
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Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath
Sports Medicine

In brief: Maybe

Depends on your surgeon's preference.
Braces are not mandatory following acl reconstruction, but your muscle strength is still improving for up to 18 months after surgery. Many surgeons, including myself, recommend a sport-specific brace for the first year back to sports, including football and basketball.

In brief: Maybe

Depends on your surgeon's preference.
Braces are not mandatory following acl reconstruction, but your muscle strength is still improving for up to 18 months after surgery. Many surgeons, including myself, recommend a sport-specific brace for the first year back to sports, including football and basketball.
Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath
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