Recovering from surgery following an ACL tear is a slow process. In the early stages, the emphasis should always be on swelling control, pain management, and early restoration of range of movement.
However, as the weeks/months go by, and as you begin to feel more confident using the affected leg, you will need to begin to challenge yourself that little bit more in the gym in order to regain your previous level of function.
As the majority of ACL injuries occur in non-contact situations, very often individuals present with certain muscle imbalances/asymmetries and functional deficits that have predisposed them to the injury in the first place.
Therefore with my patients, I will always try to clean up these dysfunctional movement patterns to ensure that the individual will make a full recovery and will minimize their chance of future injury!
Here are three exercises I often use as part of my rehab programs.
Riain Casey Chartered Physiotherapist
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