Download Post-Op ACL Reconstruction Rehab Protocol

0-2 Weeks:

  • WBAT, Brace locked at 0 degrees for ambulation and sleeping
  • D/C crutches when gait is non-antalgic
  • ROM: 0-90º with emphasis on full extension
  • Patella mobilization
  • SLR supine with brace locked at 0 degrees, Quad Sets
  • Ankle Pumps
  • Short crank (90mm) ergometry

2-6 Weeks:

  • Brace: unlocked when quad control is adequate
  • Discontinued brace when quad control is adequate (typically 4 weeks)
  • ROM: 0-125 degrees (Maintain full extension)
  • Active knee extension from 40 degrees
  • Standard (170mm) ergometry (if knee ROM > 115 degrees)
  • Leg Press (80-0 degree arc)
  • Mini Squats / Weight Shifts
  • Proprioception training
  • Initiate Step Up program

6-14 Weeks:

  • Progressive Squat program
  • Initiate Step Down program
  • Leg Press, Lunges
  • Isotonic Knee Extensions (90-40 degrees, closed chain preferred)
  • Agility exercises (sport cord)
  • Versaclimber/Nordic Track
  • Retrograde treadmill ambulation

14-22 weeks:

  • Begin forward running (treadmill) program when 8” step down satisfactory
  • Continue Strengthening & Flexibility program
  • Advance Sports-Specific Agility Drills
  • Start Plyometric program

22 weeks and over:

  • Advance Plyometric program, Return to Sport (MD Directed)

Please note that these instructions are general guidelines to be followed; however, any written or verbal instructions provided by Dr. Nwachukwu supersede the instructions below and should be followed.