CRUCIATE LIGAMENT REHABILITATION
Exercises from the 3rd week of the rehabilitation on
Postoperative rehabilitation protocol after anterior cruciate ligament replacement
- The same exercises should be performed as described above, using a 1 kg weight fixed onto the operated limb.
- Patient stands on both soles facing the wall bars, keeping her/his back straight, and raises to tip-toe first with both feet, and then with one foot. This exercise should be performed fifty times with both feet and fifty times with one foot.
- Starting from the previous position, patient raises to tiptoe, and holds this position for 3 seconds, then puts the heel on the ground and raises on tiptoe again. This exercise should be performed fifteen times.
Exercises performed on a rocking board (slide board):
- Patient is standing holding onto the wall bars and keeps equilibrium with both feet tilting forwards and sidelong. This exercise should be performed for 5-5 minutes.
- Patient is sitting on the floor mat, strongly pushing her/his back and buttocks to the wall bars and keeping hands on their hips, bends the knees to 60 degree flexion and then carefully extends them. This exercise should be performed twenty times. After tendon replacement with semitendinosus tendon, this exercise should only be performed from the sixth week of rehabilitation on.
- Patient is standing with the knees close to each other in extended, retracted position. Then she/he approximates the heel of the operated limb with bent forefoot towards her/his buttocks, holds this posture for 2-4 seconds, and then extends the limb putting it on the ground. This exercise should be performed fifteen-twenty times.
- Stretching of the involved muscles should be performed following each exercise.