Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Protocol

Phase I – Begins 1 to 3 days post-op

Goals – Reduce pain and swelling, restore normal knee range of motion (0-120 degrees only), familiarity with ambulatory assistive devices and gait (WBAT), and home exercise program for ROM. Strengthening is limited to prone hamstring curls and 90/90 isometric wall pushes.

Post ACL Surgery ExercisePhase II – Begins 3 months post-op

Goals – Initiate Elliptical trainer/Norditrack, hamstrings/hip/core strengthening , quadriceps strengthening (closed chain with knee flexed greater than 45 degrees).

Phase III – Begins 5 months post-op

Post ACL Surgery ExerciseGoals – Initiate bike or cyclic motion, progress quadriceps strengthening into full ROM (no OKC), progress hamstrings, hip, core strengthening, initiate proprioceptive exercises.  Running, plyometrics, and sport specific exercises to begin once adequate strength is obtained.

Estimated length of recovery 6-7 months.

  • American Academy Regenerative Medicine
  • American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • isakos
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery Academy
  • International Cartilage Repair Society