The VTFC ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Rehabilitation program entails a goal-based comprehensive approach. Our program takes the ACL Rehab patient through 6 phases of recovery. Progression to the next phase is contingent on achievements of all rehabilitation goals of the previous phase.
The 6 ACL Rehab program rehabilitation phases are:
Most patients will be in PT 2 or 3 days per week. Initially, 3x/week is helpful to manage pain and inflammation and work on range of motion early. Once the patient has improved their pain, inflammation, and range of motion a bit they can reduce their PT visit frequency to 2x/week. The time to reduce from 3x/week to 2x/week is unique for each patient, but usually occurs after 2-4 weeks.
Aquatic therapy can start as soon as the surgical incision has fully closed, and has no signs of infection, following surgery; which is usually between 3-4 weeks.