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Will I ever be able to do squats or weight lifting exercises after my ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

After full rehab and recovery the acl reconstructed knee should be stable and allow return to full activity as tolerated.
The caveat is that the person must have had successful surgery and rehab monitored by a physical therapist.

In brief: Yes

After full rehab and recovery the acl reconstructed knee should be stable and allow return to full activity as tolerated.
The caveat is that the person must have had successful surgery and rehab monitored by a physical therapist.
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Your knee will never be the same, but you should be able to do squats and weight lifting after your ACL reconstruction is healed.
Most patients are back to unrestricted full activity after 3 months, but it may take 8 months to a year to completely recover from surgery. Your surgeon should monitor how you progress with activities, but once healed there shouldn't be any restrictions on activity.

In brief: Yes

Your knee will never be the same, but you should be able to do squats and weight lifting after your ACL reconstruction is healed.
Most patients are back to unrestricted full activity after 3 months, but it may take 8 months to a year to completely recover from surgery. Your surgeon should monitor how you progress with activities, but once healed there shouldn't be any restrictions on activity.
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Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine

In brief: Yes

Controlled strength-training including leg press, mini-squats, and multi-hip machine is part of the acl rehab program i prescribe; as you progress, you will add in wall squats and later vertical squats, straight leg deadlifts (and much more).
Rehab/pt will transition to your usual strength training when you are ready-usually 4+ months out. Talk to your surgeon about your specific activities.

In brief: Yes

Controlled strength-training including leg press, mini-squats, and multi-hip machine is part of the acl rehab program i prescribe; as you progress, you will add in wall squats and later vertical squats, straight leg deadlifts (and much more).
Rehab/pt will transition to your usual strength training when you are ready-usually 4+ months out. Talk to your surgeon about your specific activities.
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Possibly

Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon as many factors come into play.

In brief: Possibly

Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon as many factors come into play.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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