When can I go up and down stairs after ACL surgery?
Keep your operated leg elevated at a minimum of a 45-degree angle. Prop your leg on cushions or pillows so your knee is at least 12 inches above your heart for the first three to five days after surgery. Keep your leg elevated if your knee swells or throbs when you are up and about on crutches.
Is Climbing stairs good after ACL surgery?
Stair climbing is a closed kinetic chain exercise that is thought to be useful for knee rehabilitation following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction while protecting the graft from excessive strain.
Can you climb stairs with a torn ACL?
Can you walk with a torn ACL? The short answer is yes. After the pain and swelling subsides and if there is no other injury to your knee, you may be able to walk in straight lines, go up and down stairs and even potentially jog in a straight line.
Can I walk immediately after ACL surgery?
ACL surgery is an outpatient procedure, provided there are no complications. Surprisingly, patients can walk 1-2 days after surgery.
Should I sleep with my ACL brace on?
You should wear this brace whenever you are upright or walking, and during sleep. If you are seated or laying down, and remaining still, you may take the brace off. You may “unlock” the brace hinges and allow the knee to bend, but need to re-‐lock the brace in extension for walking.
When is ACL weakest after surgery?
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.
Is walking good for ACL rehab?
Walking may help you improve range of motion and gently exercise the knee joint. However, walking without an assistive device such as a crutch or stabilizing brace may place too much weight on a knee that is still recovering, increasing the risk of reinjury.
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.
How do you get rid of limp after ACL surgery?
If you are lying down or sitting, have the leg out straight with the heel propped on a pillow to gently force the knee straight. Remember that stretching exercises are a low load, long duration. Stretch and hold. A knee that does not fully straighten causes a permanent limp.
What can you do 3 months after ACL surgery?
6 Weeks to 3 Months After Surgery
- Perform lateral training exercises such as lunges and side steps.
- Do flutter-style swimming strokes.
- Avoid cutting or pivoting motions.
- Continue strength exercises, and begin sport-specific training.