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Offline jk21

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effect of DVT on rehab post ACL reconstruction
« on: October 28, 2009, 06:29:20 AM »
can anyone share their experiences?

I am 6 weeks after my ACL reconstruction. 

In the first two weeks I had a lot of swelling and stiffness and my range of motion was minimal (maybe 5 or 10 degrees).

At the two week mark I was diagnosed with a DVT in my leg, including above the knee.  A few days after commencing blood thinning medication the stiffness and swelling began to go down I started getting movement back.

Now at the 6 week mark I get to about -15, maybe a little better on the extension, and 60 on flexion if I pull my leg towards me while sitting down, a bit more if I use my other leg and gravity to push it down.

This is way behind the range of motion after a 'normal' reconstruction.  I am still on crutches and do not feel confident trying to fully weight bear, due to a range of pains in my foot/ankle/knee/muscles (it varies).  I am having regular physio and doing my exercises.

Have others had similar problems recovering their range of motion and walking, and what did they do about it?

Offline bonnie303

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Re: effect of DVT on rehab post ACL reconstruction
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009, 10:21:34 PM »
i too have a DVT after ACL Recon, that was back in July and have been on warfarin for the last 4 months, as regards to rehab side of things its been slow but its now starting to gather pace and i am starting feel a lot better, and i am now beginning a walk run programme. My knee is quite swollen but i have no aches or pain because of the DVT especial in the calf. but i will admit its very annoying been on the warfarin 

Offline kittent1211

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Re: effect of DVT on rehab post ACL reconstruction
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 07:05:58 PM »
Do not compare your surgery and recovery to any one elses.  Every one is individual and every surgery is a little different from the next.  No two are exactly the same.  I did find, however, that hiring a personal trainer from the gym I was a member of in addition the the PT was very helpful in speeding up my recovery.