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Clin Sports Med. 2013 Jan;32(1):165-75. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2012.08.016. Epub 2012 Oct 13.

Rehabilitation and return to play after anatomic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.


Rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction should consider control of postoperative pain and swelling, protection of the healing graft, restoration of full range of motion symmetric to the contralateral knee, strengthening of the muscles that stabilize the knee, hip, and trunk, enhancing neuromuscular control, and a gradual progression to functional activities that are required for return to sports. The effects of concomitant injuries and surgical procedures must also be considered in planning an individualized rehabilitation program. This article provides an overview, discusses our experience, and makes recommendations for rehabilitation after anatomic ACL reconstruction rehabilitation.

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