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recovery after ACL surgery

How long is the recovery after ACL surgery

Recovery after ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery can vary based on several factors, including the individual's overall health, the extent of the injury, and how closely they follow their rehabilitation program. Generally, the recovery timeline can be outlined as follows:

  • Immediate Post-Surgery (1-2 weeks):
    • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to reduce swelling.
    • Pain management with medications.
    • Limited movement with the use of crutches.
    • Begin gentle range-of-motion exercises.
  • Early Recovery (3-6 weeks):
    • Gradual increase in weight-bearing activities.
    • Physical therapy focusing on restoring knee range of motion and strength.
    • Use of a knee brace as recommended by the surgeon
  • Intermediate Recovery (6-12 weeks):
    • Continued physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility.
    • Introduction of more challenging exercises to regain muscle strength.
    • Gradual return to daily activities.
  • Advanced Recovery (3-6 months):
    • More intense physical therapy focusing on sport-specific or activity-specific exercises.
    • Increasing agility and stability exercises.
    • Possible return to light sports activities under supervision.
  • Full Recovery (6-12 months):
    • Continued strengthening and conditioning exercises.
    • Gradual return to full sports participation, typically around 9-12 months post-surgery.
    • Regular follow-ups with the surgeon and physical therapist to monitor progress.

It's important to note that recovery times can vary, and some individuals may take longer to fully recover. Adherence to the rehabilitation program and guidance from healthcare professionals is crucial for a successful recovery. If you have questions about your ACL recovery, contact us at 480-272-7140.