4 Things That Delay ACL Surgery Recovery Time

By Game Ready | Jun 21, 2018

ACL surgery recovery time may take six months or longer. The exact amount of time will depend on the extent of the injury, the type of surgery, your health before the procedure, and the steps you take to promote healing. Recovery may also be delayed by certain activities or by choosing not to actively participate in the rehabilitation process.

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ACL Surgery Post-Op Exercises for a Speedy Recovery

By Game Ready | Jul 12, 2017

No matter how much you have prepared for ACL surgery recovery, it is a process that requires patience. However, participating in your recovery by elevating your leg, applying cold and compression therapy, and doing certain exercises may help ensure that you recuperate safely and quickly.   

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4 Things To Avoid During ACL Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | Dec 16, 2014

Recovering from any surgical procedure can be challenging both mentally and physically, but if you are prepared with the right information about how to actively participate in the healing process, you can recover more quickly. In addition to taking proactive steps, an important part of a fast recovery is knowing what not to do.

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3 Proven ACL Surgery Recovery Techniques Used by Pro Athletes

By Game Ready | Oct 07, 2014

Professional athletes typically suffer more injuries than the average person, primarily because they subject their bodies to more rigorous activities. Fortunately, they are often able to return to the field after recovering from the injury or a related surgery. Sports medicine has come a long way over the years and trainers are now able to get athletes back in the game faster than ever before. They use many of the same recovery techniques that are available to everybody else, but they also employ a few tricks to help accelerate healing.

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Top ACL Surgery Recovery Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

By Game Ready | Sep 09, 2014

Recovering from ACL surgery can be challenging, especially for people who are used to being active. Staying off your feet, getting ample rest, and actively participating in physical therapy may sound like simple tasks, but when you actually have to do it for weeks or months, you might find your commitment slipping.

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3 Proven Cold Water Therapy Techniques to Reduce Knee Swelling

By Game Ready | Aug 26, 2014

The muscles and joints in your lower extremities are important for daily living, but many people take this for granted until they experience pain or swelling. A swollen knee is not only uncomfortable, it can also prevent you from going up and down stairs and limit your desire or ability to walk. This can be very disruptive to daily life and should be addressed as soon as possible to help prevent further damage and allow you to quickly get back to normal. Knee swelling can be caused by a range of factors including:

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4 Tips for How to Heal Faster After ACL Surgery

By Game Ready | Jul 28, 2014

A torn ACL is a painful and inconvenient injury, especially for athletes. Fortunately, ACL surgery makes it possible to repair the damaged tissue, usually with a graft from another ligament in your own body. Arthroscopic surgery leaves few external scars, but the muscles, ligaments, and other tissues in the knee joint need time to recover fully from both the injury and the surgery.

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7 Tips to Successfully Recover from ACL Surgery

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 02, 2014
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is essential for maintaining stability in the joint. Because it is so important to everyday function, when it becomes damaged or torn, surgery is often the recommended course of action. Although the surgery itself is fairly routine, it does take some time for the body to recover.

Following a few tips during ACL surgery recovery can help you heal faster and get back on your feet more quickly.
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What is a Typical ACL Recovery Timeline After Surgery?

By Kelly Hansen | May 22, 2014
Most people, especially athletes, want to get back on their feet as soon as possible after ACL surgery. One of the most commonly asked questions after surgery is how long it will take to recover. Although it varies from person to person, the average recovery time is about nine months to one year.

Recovering from ACL Surgery

For many people the recovery timeline includes the following phases:
  • 1-2 days - Immediately after surgery your body will be focused on recovering from the trauma of  the procedure.
  • One week - Many people are mobile within one week, typically with crutches or other assistive devices.
  • Two weeks - If you follow the recommendations of your doctor and physical therapist, you may be able to walk without crutches while wearing a supportive brace.
  • Three weeks - As your range of motion improves, you might be able to manage some stairs and be able to flex your knee for long enough to drive for brief periods of time.
  • Two months - If you continue regular strength and flexibility training, you should be able to introduce light, low-impact exercise into your routine.
  • Three months - At this stage in your recovery you could be close to your pre-surgery strength level, but that does not mean that you have fully recovered.
  • Nine to twelve months - If you have continued rehabilitation exercises and avoided activities that could damage your knee again, you may be fully recovered after nine months. Individuals who have not committed to a regular rehab schedule may take up to twelve months to fully recover from ACL surgery.

Factors that Influence ACL Surgery Recovery Time

The average recovery times are just a rough indicator of what you can expect, but you can take certain steps to speed up the healing process and accelerate your recovery. Several factors play a role in ACL surgery recovery time:

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