CRUCIATE LIGAMENT REHABILITATION
Exercises from the 5th-6th weeks of the rehabilitation on
Postoperative rehabilitation protocol after anterior cruciate ligament replacement
- Exercises on a trampoline: The patient steps onto the trampoline with her/his operated limb, and jogs a couple of steps; then she/he gets back to the floor with her/his operated limb and jogs a couple of steps. This exercise should be performed fifty times.
- The patient is standing on the trampoline on both limbs in a flexion of 60 degrees, keeping balance with both arms out to the side, and performs small hopping. This exercise should be performed fifty times.
- Exercise performed on a stepping machine: The patient walks for 15 minutes on a stepping machine, with a resistance according her/his body weight, leaning on the hands.
- In sitting position with the knee bent to a right angle, the patient extends her/his limb fully with a 1 kilogram weight fixed on the leg; the leg is kept in this position for 3 seconds, and then she/he carefully puts back the leg into the starting position. 10 series of 10 exercises each should be performed.
- While standing, the patient performs small leg-lifts in the forward diagonal, forward, sideways and backward directions with the knee extended with 2-3 kilograms of weight. 10 series of 10 exercises each should be performed.
Exercises performed on a stationary bike:
- The patient exercises rhythmically on a stationary bike applying low resistance for 15 minutes, setting the seat into the high position.