Rehabilitation and return to play after anatomic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / physiopathology
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / methods*
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Exercise Therapy / methods
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Knee Injuries / surgery
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Knee Joint / surgery
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Resistance Training