Home
Knee1 Headlines

Movement After Ligament Repair Key for Long-Term Results

Printer Friendly Version     Email this Article     Links/Reprints

Movement After Ligament Repair Key

Movement After Ligament Repair Key for Long-Term Results

May 05, 2009

 By: Body1 Staff

You’ve torn your anterior cruciate ligament, had it repaired and are on the road to recovery. As you start to regain strength after surgery make sure to get moving. According to a study published in the March 2009 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, individuals with limited motion following ACL repair are at risk for poor long-term outcomes.
Take Action
Tips to Soothe Minor Knee Pain

  • Take a break. If your knee hurts keep your weight off it.
     
  • Ice ice baby. Apply an ice pack for 15 minutes each hour.
     
  • Raise it up. Keep your knee elevated and consider sleeping with your knee propped on a pillow.
     
  • Get some support. If you are active and have knee pain you might consider wearing a brace or support.
       
  • Ease the pain. Taking an over-the-counter medications can help with pain and swelling.
     
  • Tinker Gray and Dr. K. Donald Shelbourne from the Shelbourne Knee Center in Indianapolis evaluated 502 patients at least 10 years following ACL reconstruction. The purpose of the study was to determine how a reduction in ability to normally extend or flex the knee affected long-term results.

    Seventy three percent of the patients evaluated exhibited normal extension and flexion. In the other patients either reduced extension, reduced flexion or a reduction in both movements was noted (10 percent reduced flexion, 10 percent reduced extension, 6 percent reduction in both). Patients exhibiting reduced ability to extend or flex the knee also had problems with stability of the knee post repair. The researchers stressed the importance of starting rehabilitation quickly after surgery to avoid a build up of blood in the knee joint which can cause pain and limit range of motion.

    Post-surgery knee care should include cold treatment, compression and elevation. Patients should also pay attention to their range of motion during rehab and attempt to regain and maintain a full range of motion as quickly as possible.

     

    Discuss recovery after knee surgery in our Forums More Forums

    Previous Stories

    Brady Suffers Setbacks in Knee Surgery

    Therapy vs. Surgery for Knee Osteoarthritis

    Bracing Offers Enhanced Mobility and Recovery

    more Feature Stories


    RSS

    Top Knee Hospitals in India will Recapture Quality of Life
    By rayenneel
    more more Blogs RSS

    TORN ACL OR NOT?
    By kingFigo10

    Posted: Jan 20, 2015
    To start off, I've had two previous knee acl reconstructions on my left knee and lateral meniscus already removed in the left knee. First acl recon was with the patella tendon from same knee and then ...

    more more Forums Create a Topic

    Knee Injury Health Myths
    Listen to a general overview of knee anatomy, along with a discussion ...
    more more Featured Videos

     
    Dr. Robert Klapper

    Dr. Robert Klapper:

    Preventing Knee Surgery
      more
      more Heroes
      nominate a Hero
      Hero policy