Dr. Hacker explains when a patient will start physical therapy after having anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
Typically, physical therapy is something that begins soon after the operation. For my patients this is something that begins the next day, but can be modified by a physician to what they feel is best for you.
Range of motion is a key element after this operation and is essential to prevent stiffness. This is something that you will work on very hard with your physical therapist right away to try to get as much range of motion as possible within the first few weeks after the operation.
About Dr. Hacker, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent's Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master's Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage.