ACL rehab can vary significantly with the length of time it can take one individual vs. another. Moreover, the type of graft used and surgeon preference can affect your healing timeline. Additional surgical procedures performed along with the ACL reconstruction, such as meniscus repairs or cartilage repairs, can also affect how fast you progress.
Exactly how long the ACL graft takes to heal completely is often open for debate. Since certain sports and activities will place a higher demand on the ACL, more healing may be necessary before full sports participation. Most orthopedic physicians agree that a minimum of six months is needed before returning to competitive sports. However, because of the potential risks of re-injury, most recommend waiting seven to nine months. Working with a physical therapist during ACL rehab will help strengthen muscles around the knee.
Yes and no, if an individual’s previous level of function was not that high to begin with, and they are not attempting to get back to any specific sports activities, then the answer is yes. However, when it comes to returning to sport, very few if any, athletes are ready to return to sport at six months. Furthermore, the duration of time it takes to regain range of motion, build sufficient strength, power, force absorption/production, complete a return to run a program, and eventually, a customized and well-structured return to sport program is much greater than six months. Additionally, multiple studies have found that athletes who go back to sport nine months after surgery have a much higher risk of re-tearing their ACL. That's why ACL rehab is key to recovery.
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Many types of knee injuries can occur. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage can be strained and sprained. It is really important to have your knee pain properly diagnosed by an orthopedic physician. JOI Rehab also has 12 Physical Therapy locations, which can certainly help you on the road to recovery. With over 90 Rehab Clinicians trained in providing you with the highest quality of orthopedic care. For an appointment, please call 904-858-7045.
To schedule an appointment for physical therapy at one of the 12 JOI Rehab Centers, please call 904-858-7045.
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