During recovery from ACL surgery, many start to wonder what activities are acceptable to perform after ACL surgery and how soon they can resume an active lifestyle. Certain activities are allowed almost immediately following surgery, while others will need to be avoided in order to minimize the risk of new injury following your ACL surgery.
During the initial phase of the recovery, that being the first 6 weeks, your primary goal is to regain your quadriceps strength and your range of motion. It will take a few months to regain your strength and closer to 8 months to regain the strength of the quadriceps. During this phase of the recovery, isometric exercises and getting onto a bicycle may assist in stretching your knee and starting the strengthening process. Any and all sports related activities that involve changing direction, turning, pivoting, or twisting should be delayed for a minimum of 3 months in order to allow the graft to heal and to allow enough time for muscle recovery to enable and support these activities — many of you will need to wait much longer.
The recovery from ACL surgery is far more of a marathon than a sprint. Your doctor and physical trainer can work with you to form a timeline. If you or a loved one is experiencing pain from an ACL related incident or would like a second opinion, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists in Joplin, MO.