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

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.
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.

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

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. Read more...

What kind and duration of physical therapy is for ACL reconstruction?

Roughly 6 months. This is not my strong suite, as i work with children exclusively. But it is important to rehabilitate under the direct supervision of a skilled physical therapist. Typically the rehab is most intense in the first 6 weeks focused on restoring range of motion. Home exercise program is essential as well. Then several weeks of return to function and eventually sport. Read more...
Variable. Physical therapy for acl reconstruction is quite variable and every surgeon has his/her own protocol. Mine is more flexible. As long as you are meeting milestones of range of motion, and increasing quadriceps strength over the first six weeks, i don't required physical therapy. Between 3-4 months after surgery, work is based as much core strengthening as knee. The last step is proprioception. Read more...