Rehabilitation of the knee after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1989;11(1):8-18. doi: 10.2519/jospt.1989.11.1.8.


From the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, 501 E. Hardy Street, Suite 200, Inglewood, CA 90301. New information regarding the isometric placement of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) substitute, revascularization process, and biomechanical stresses have all contributed to and been incorporated in the rehabilitation program after ACL reconstruction. Treatment protocols specifically designed for the patient following ACL reconstruction are imperative to return the individual to his or her preinjury status. Care is taken to limit the amount of stress placed on the ligament substitute especially at end of range extension. A program incorporating techniques for developing range of motion and strength while still preserving stability at the knee joint is still of the utmost importance. This program is a revision of a previously reported regimen from this facility (Brewster, Moynes, Jobe, J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 5:121-126, 1983) and is based upon clinical experience and research information. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 1989;11(1):8-18.