What are the stages of physical therapy for an acl?

Breakdown. First we worry about getting your motion back. Next we concentrate on building your base strength including your core. Next we start working on functional strength. The next stage is functionality and proprioception and finally endurance and sports specific activities.
Ask the expert... Each patient's therapy is completely individualized so it is difficult to comment on this; best to ask the physical therapist for the best course of treatment for you!

Related Questions

How long should I do physical therapy if I tore my acl?

Depends on surgeon. Every orthopaedic surgeon has a slightly different rehabilitation protocol after acl injury or surgery. Physical therapy is an important tool to use to help you recovery from your injury. Therapy can last from 2-12 weeks depending on the individual and the severity of the injury. 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...

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...

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...