CRUCIATE LIGAMENT REHABILITATION
Postoperative rehabilitation protocol after anterior cruciate ligament replacement
- The patient is standing on one side of the footstool or bench, and then vaults across the footstool or bench with both feet.
- The patient is standing on her/his operated limb on one side of the footstool or bench, and then vaults across the footstool or bench, and touches down on the operated limb.
- The patient puts her/his operated limb crossed in front of the healthy limb, and starts dynamic straightforward running from this posture.
- Return to the training protocol of the sport, no knee brace should be worn during the training.
- If in this phase of rehabilitation, in case of increased load, supporting or springing movements cannot be safely performed with the operated limb, running exercises are advisable under the supervision of the physiotherapist, blindfolded on sandy ground. This may be supplemented with running backwards, supporting with one limb and dynamic sidesteps to the right and left. Patient proprioception can be improved with this series of exercises.