ACL RECONSTRUCTION REHABILITATION
While operative treatment for ACL reconstruction is important, the rehabilitation process is also vital to your health and the strength and healing time of your knee. Outlined below is a typical rehabilitation process for clients in the postoperative phase.
You have been diagnosed with an ACL tear and are anxious to “get it fixed” and return to your active lifestyle. But…it is very important for the knee to get through the acute injured state prior to having surgery. Research has clearly shown that performing an ACL surgery on a knee when it remains acutely inflamed and swollen carries a very high risk of having the postoperative complications of stiffness and pain.
Therefore, in the immediate post injury state, I recommend that you ice the knee for 20 minutes several times per day and utilize Ibuprofen 800mg three times a day or Aleve (Naproxyn) 2 pills twice per day for the first week. Additionally, you should utilize crutches as long as it is painful to bear weight.
Additionally, I will typically refer you to physical therapy to help guide through a preoperative regimen to optimize your knee’s status for surgery. Ideally, your knee will have normal range of motion, minimal swelling, and you will walk with a normal gait prior to surgery.