Congratulations on your recent ACL repair! Your well on your way to have a fully function and pain free knee – but first comes the sometimes painful rehabilitation to get that knee moving again – which as you can already tell sometimes doesn’t happen right after surgery. Starting these simple exercises that you can complete at home will help you on your way to a fully functional life.
The key is to NOT overdo it – if there is an increase in swelling and pain 10-15 minutes after the exercises are over – you have overdone it and need to taper off on the exercises. Do not let pain take control and don’t let the negative cycle of pain-decreased movement-pain to persist in your rehabilitation. What we like to see is pain, more movement and less pain, some pain, but then more movement – until there is a full recovery of movement without pain.
Always, and above all, be sure to follow the direction of your caring doctor.
This exercise is your new best friend and should be started right after surgery. This exercise has two great purposes: