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How long does ACL tear rehab usually take?

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Dr. Kevin Stone
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Depends

Following an ACL reconstruction post tear, the rehab usually involves three months of regular physical therapy, then some follow up as needed.
Our physical therapist then will do a three month sports/functional test to see whether you can be discharged from pt or if you need to continue. Overall, it take a whole year for the graft to mature, so some pt may be needed off and on during that year.

In brief: Depends

Following an ACL reconstruction post tear, the rehab usually involves three months of regular physical therapy, then some follow up as needed.
Our physical therapist then will do a three month sports/functional test to see whether you can be discharged from pt or if you need to continue. Overall, it take a whole year for the graft to mature, so some pt may be needed off and on during that year.
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 6-12 months.

6-12 months depending on your surgeons protocol.

In brief: 6-12 months.

6-12 months depending on your surgeons protocol.
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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine

In brief: 9 months

After acl surgery, the rehab usually takes 9 months to a year, depending on how how aggressive of a protocol.
Typically patients are not allowed to lightly jog on a treadmill until 4 months and they have demonstrated adequate leg strength allowing them to do a single leg squat without difficulty. Even nfl football players on average return to play after acl surgery at 11 months.

In brief: 9 months

After acl surgery, the rehab usually takes 9 months to a year, depending on how how aggressive of a protocol.
Typically patients are not allowed to lightly jog on a treadmill until 4 months and they have demonstrated adequate leg strength allowing them to do a single leg squat without difficulty. Even nfl football players on average return to play after acl surgery at 11 months.
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