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Is physical therapy necessary before ACL surgery?
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In brief: No
In some cases it can be quite helpful, but with most acute injuries it is not needed.

In brief: No
In some cases it can be quite helpful, but with most acute injuries it is not needed.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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