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How much time in physical therapy will I need after ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. Robert Stanton
Sports Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: 3-4 months

Most people are inpt for about 3 months and then progrss to a home program, some patients are more familiar with muscle strengthening and conditioning programs and can be on their own a bit sooner with intermittent supervision by a pt oratc.
Others are not as motivated or less familiar with exercising and need a longer period in formal pt. Full rehab from acl reconstruction is usually 9-12 mon.

In brief: 3-4 months

Most people are inpt for about 3 months and then progrss to a home program, some patients are more familiar with muscle strengthening and conditioning programs and can be on their own a bit sooner with intermittent supervision by a pt oratc.
Others are not as motivated or less familiar with exercising and need a longer period in formal pt. Full rehab from acl reconstruction is usually 9-12 mon.
Dr. Robert Stanton
Dr. Robert Stanton
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
3 doctors agree

In brief: 3-6 months

Acl rehab generally follows a criteria-based program. Early rehab encompasses range of motion progressing to strengthening then functional activities.
Meeting benchmarks allows for progression to the next set of criteria.

In brief: 3-6 months

Acl rehab generally follows a criteria-based program. Early rehab encompasses range of motion progressing to strengthening then functional activities.
Meeting benchmarks allows for progression to the next set of criteria.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Follow protocal

After anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (acl) surgery each surgeon will have a carefully planed protocal lasting upto 6 months for a motivated patient.
Good results have no short cuts, includes progressive exercises and future prevention of a recurrent injury. Ask your surgeon.

In brief: Follow protocal

After anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (acl) surgery each surgeon will have a carefully planed protocal lasting upto 6 months for a motivated patient.
Good results have no short cuts, includes progressive exercises and future prevention of a recurrent injury. Ask your surgeon.
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Robert Lupo
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 6-12 weeks

Usually. 2-3 times per week for 6-12 weeks.
But a independent home program for 8-12 months.

In brief: 6-12 weeks

Usually. 2-3 times per week for 6-12 weeks.
But a independent home program for 8-12 months.
Dr. Robert Lupo
Dr. Robert Lupo
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