The Recovery Period After ACL Surgery In The Knee?
Hello wr wb. R nDated November 23, 2018 I was operating ACL, it’s been 3 weeks since the knee has not been able to bend perfectly, is it okay to make light exercise? Or waiting for your knees to bend perfectly?
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The recovery period after ACL surgery should be done in stages according to the recommendations of your doctor and physiotherapist. When in the first 2 weeks you are advised not to overload your knees (usually you are advised to walk with a cane first), after 2-6 weeks, you are allowed to walk without a stick. Doctors usually will still put a buffer on the knee (knee brace) to limit the load on the knee. For 2-6 weeks after this surgery, you are allowed to do light exercises on your knee, for example you can walk 15-20 minutes a day, treadmill, static cycling, etc. Don't force your knees to bend above 90 degrees if you can't. At 3 weeks postoperatively, not being able to bend the knee perfectly is very normal. The goal of bending the knee to its maximum can be achieved after 6 weeks have passed.
You should exercise regular control with your orthopedic doctor. Ask for a referral to a physiotherapist or a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine (SpKFR) if a referral has not been given there. The SpKFR physiotherapist and doctor can help you create an exercise program that suits your condition after surgery. You can do this exercise program at home too to help speed up the recovery of your knee.
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