To successfully restore stability and function to the knee, physical therapy is always necessary after ACL reconstruction surgery. It involves a program of physical therapy that progresses through multiple phases and typically lasts about 12 weeks.
How long is rehab after ACL?
After ACL reconstruction surgery, you’ll do physical therapy until you get back to your normal level of activity. For most patients at Shelbourne Knee Center, this takes about four to six months. Physical therapy focuses on regaining full range of motion, which helps relieve knee pain, and strengthening your knee.
How many times a week is physical therapy after ACL surgery?
The program should be designed to improve balance, strength, and sports performance. Strengthening your core (abdominal) muscles is key to preventing injury, in addition to strengthening your thigh and leg muscles. Exercises should be performed 2 or 3 times per week and should include sport-specific exercises.
How often to do ACL rehab exercises?
Perform these exercises 1-3 times per day, only within pain-free range of motion. Stop the activity if it causes increased pain. Please consult with your doctor before starting any home exercise program.
Can physical therapy fix a torn ACL?
Nonsurgical Treatment for an ACL Tear
ACL tears that are mild can be treated with physical therapy. These exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles supporting the knee, especially the muscles of the upper leg: the quadriceps in front and the hamstring muscles in back.
How long is bed rest after ACL surgery?
Rest: Zero to Two Weeks After ACL Surgery
For the first couple weeks after surgery you will need to rest and care for the incision site. Prop your leg — at the calf or ankle — on a couple pillows four to six times a day. This helps reduce swelling. Keep the bandages on your knee clean and dry.
Why is ACL recovery so long?
Like all ligaments, the ACL takes a very long time to heal. The reason is because ligaments are poorly vascularized. In other words, there aren’t many blood vessels to provide nutrients for the ligaments, and without nutrients, tissue repair is not possible. Oftentimes, ACL tears require a surgical graft.