Is it OK to bend knee after ACL surgery?
Get the knee bending
Difficulty with knee bending (or flexion) is much less common following ACL reconstruction surgery. It is very safe to bend the knee and the physiotherapist will have you onto the CPM machine day one after surgery. The bending won’t come back without some gentle pushing on your part.
How long does it take to get full flexion after ACL surgery?
ROM flexion goals of 120° should be met 4 weeks following surgery and full symmetrical flexion achieved by 12 weeks.
Why is my knee so tight after ACL surgery?
Arthrofibrosis, also known as “stiff knee syndrome,” occurs when excessive scar tissue forms around a joint, limiting range of motion and causing pain and disability. It can be a complication of knee replacement or anterior cruciate ligament surgery, with infections and bleeding as known contributing factors.
Why is it so hard to bend your knee after ACL surgery?
Even a small amount of fluid in the joint has been shown to decrease your ability to contract your quad. Without a quad, it is hard to function, and you tend to walk around with a bent and stiff knee. This actually fatigues out your quadriceps muscle even more, making gains in strength very difficult.
Why does my knee still hurt a year after ACL surgery?
When an area of the body lacks mobility, then the body will have to compensate and move more somewhere else. This may not be painful immediately, but over time, it can increase the stress on one area, ie. the patella tendon, and in turn it can become irritated.
Why is ACL recovery so long?
Like all ligaments, the ACL takes a very long time to heal. The reason is because ligaments are poorly vascularized. In other words, there aren’t many blood vessels to provide nutrients for the ligaments, and without nutrients, tissue repair is not possible. Oftentimes, ACL tears require a surgical graft.
How long after ACL surgery can you walk without a brace?
Most patients will walk without a brace or crutches by 14 days after surgery.
When is the ACL graft weakest?
The graft is at its weakest between 6-12 weeks after your operation. Extra care should be taken during this period when carrying out activities. You should avoid twisting or kneeling for the first 4-6 months after your operation.
How many days after ACL surgery can I walk?
Patients walk unassisted within 2-4 weeks, but for short periods. After 10-12 weeks, expect brisk walking, light jogging, and even plyometric exercise. Full recovery on ACL reconstruction is 6-12 months, or more with physical therapy.
How bad is the pain after ACL surgery?
Your knee will feel numb and less painful right after surgery because of the medication injected into it. This will wear off later tonight and the pain could increase. The most severe pain usually lasts a day or two and then gradually subsides.