If you have undergone or are about to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery and are wondering if going through the full rehabilitation process is worth it, the short answer is yes. No matter how successful a procedure is and how good you feel upon initial recovery, your body has a lot of healing to do. By rushing your rehab, you run the risk of inhibiting recovery or even reinjuring your ACL.
What’s more, patients recovering from knee reconstruction surgery have often spent weeks and months with limited mobility. ACL tear rehab can help you learn, or relearn, proper biomechanics that put less stress on the knee and decrease your likelihood of injury. We want you to have a clear picture of what the rehabilitation process is like after ACL reconstruction surgery, which is why we’re sharing the following guide.
A guide to ACL rehab with a physical therapist
When you first meet with a therapist for post-surgical treatment after ACL reconstruction surgery, the initial goals will be to decrease swelling and pain while improving joint mobility and range of motion with manual therapy. From there, your therapist can use movement and gait training as well as therapeutic exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee for greater stability.
Patient education is another important aspect of ACL rehab. Your therapist can provide instruction for injury prevention techniques and lifestyle changes. Next to the surgery itself, committing to rehabilitation is quite possibly the most important step on your treatment journey.
Visit with the ACL rehab experts
At Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, we’re focused on helping patients recover from chronic pain and injuries to regain an active and healthier lifestyle. We have four office locations in Union, Edison, Springfield and Woodbridge, New Jersey. When you come to us for ACL rehab, you can expect a detailed and thorough initial evaluation, a treatment plan that is custom-made for your specific injury, procedure and recovery goals, and continuity of care with your surgical provider.
In fact, Arrow is a proud member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network, an elite group of 170 physical therapy and rehabilitation centers that serve the tri-state area.
Ready to start your rehab journey with us? Contact our dedicated team today to schedule your initial appointment.