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LARS / ACL Reconstruction

An increasingly common knee injury these days is a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Over the last 5-10 years some new techniques for reconstructing this ligament have become more widely accepted. The following is some information regarding the most common types of reconstructions that are offered and how the rehabilitation differs between them.
  • Initial Rehabilitation (0-4 weeks)
  • Swelling management
  • Ice (2 bags x 20 minutes)
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Compression Sleeve
  • Skins/2XU
  • Elevation
  • Extension to 0
  • Set stretch exercises and massage from a physiotherapist
  • Walking
  • Aim for no crutches
  • Aim for no splint
  • Walking drills with a physiotherapist
  • Rehabilitation Exercises
Stage 1: Prescribed by your hospital physiotherapist
Stage 2: Prescribed and progressed by your outpatient physiotherapist