Simple Exercises For Recovery After ACL Surgery

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is just as serious as it sounds. In this injury, the ligament in the middle of the knee which prevents the shin bone from sliding out near the thigh bone gets torn partially or completely. This injury affects the very stability of your knee, resulting in reduced knee strength and decreased range of motion.

According to expert orthopedic surgeons and doctors of Zoi Hospitals, after the surgeons perform an ACL reconstruction surgery, physical rehabilitation will help you reap the full benefits of the surgery.

Here are a few simple exercises to speed up the process of the recovery.

Ankle Pumps:

While lying flat on your back with your knee straight, bend the ankle up and down as far as possible in both directions. Repeat with other leg.

Heel Slides:

While lying flat on your back with your knees straight, slowly slide your heel in toward your buttocks. You should then straighten to the starting position. Please keep your foot on the surface at all times. Repeat with other leg.

Straight Leg Raise:

While lying flat on your back with your uninvolved leg bent and your foot flat on the surface, tighten your thigh and lift your involved leg. Keep your knee straight. Only lift to the height of the uninvolved knee. Repeat with other leg.

Side Lying Abduction:

While lying flat on your uninvolved side bend your uninvolved leg forward. Raise involved leg about five inches and then lower to starting position. Do not allow your toes or knee to turn upward. Repeat with other leg.


Knee Press:

With your legs straight and a towel rolled up under your ankle, press knee down for contracting your thigh muscle. Hold for 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat with other leg.

These exercises may not seem easy at first, but with time and repetition, you will be able to do them without much struggle. It's also important to consult an orthopedic doctor or an expert physiotherapist to get the right information. If you're looking for an orthopedic doctor's and/or physiotherapist's guidance, Zoi Hospitals has an expert orthopedic and physiotherapy and rehabilitation department that can guide you through this process. To know more about the department, click here :


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