How important is it to attend physical therapy after ACL surgery?

Yes. The physical therapy after an ACL reconstruction is nearly as important as the ACL reconstruction itself!
Usually mandatory. Most surgeons that reconstruct torn anterior cruciate ligaments (acl) require physical therapy in some form or fashion for at least 6-12 weeks. Most insurance companies approve such therapy as they realize the evidence-based research that supports the utility of therapy to maximize functional recovery after major reconstructive surgery of the knee. Initial focus of therapy is motion and strength.

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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...
No. In some cases it can be quite helpful, but with most acute injuries it is not needed. Read more...

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...
Several. After acl surgery your surgeon will direct your physical therapist to progress you through a structured program designed to regain your knee motion a strength. Read more...

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...
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...