Recovery and Rehabilitation
Patients who have ACL tear surgery may begin riding a stationary bicycle less than one week following the surgery. You can begin walking and using crutches immediately after surgery. As you get stronger, you can use just one crutch and then none, when you can tolerate it.
After an ACL tear surgery, patients need physical therapy for 4 to 6 months. It is important to exercise the knee regularly for a significant period of time after the procedure, and a physical therapist can help you make sure you are doing the right exercises safely and increase your activities as you grow stronger.
Continuous Passive Motion Therapy
Continuous passive motion (CPM) machines generally are not used anymore after this surgery. We encourage patients to move their knees immediately after surgery.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Generally, it takes within six to nine months to fully rehabilitate your knee after ACL tear reconstruction surgery. The goal is to give the new ligament time to develop a new blood supply and become strong before you return to high-velocity contact sports.