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Offline stevieg12

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weight training after acl surgery
« on: May 10, 2011, 01:46:44 PM »
hey guys and girls
im going in for knee reconstruction surgery around august and was just wondering when it is safe or your experiences of whens its ok to get back into general weight training? not talking about rehab weights.

thanks

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Re: weight training after acl surgery
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2011, 02:07:57 PM »
Wait and see what your physiotherapist tells you.

We cannot say one way or another - we are not in general, doctors physiotherapists or any other kind of virtual experts. You have not had your operation yet, so there is one big unknown. You have said a knee reconstruction, but not what type - there is a huge range of knee operations out there!  ;)

Get in the best shape you can before the operation and you will find it easier to rehab once it is over and done with. Even after the op you can continue with upper body work regardless of your knee, using bench based work.

Good luck
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
6/2/09 returned to skiing! Whoopee

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Re: weight training after acl surgery
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011, 02:14:24 PM »
very true thanks

im having an acl reconstruction.

just looking for anyones past experiences.

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Re: weight training after acl surgery
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2011, 02:58:13 PM »
If it is just an ACL recon a lot depends on what type you have - patella tendon, hamstring tendons, allograft or even LARS (Ligament Augementation & Reconstruction System). Another factor is will the autograft site be the same leg or contra-lateral. As you can see it is difficult to get a degree of commonality even on the graft situation, let alone whether they do any meniscus or lateral ligament work!  ;D

Generally if you have a same leg autograft (your own tissue) you will be out of any heavy action for 4 to 6 months, depends a lot on how quickly you heal, your tolerance of pain, etc. During this period you will only be doing rehab work. Your physio will release you for strength work on your injured leg. Pushing it too soon or without the official go ahead and then going for really heavy weights could cause you to have problems.

Most people fly through the reconstruction process and never feel any need to come here, except to learn in advance. Take a look at the rehab protocol described in the section of cruciate ligaments in the Information Hub.

Sue  ;)
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
6/2/09 returned to skiing! Whoopee















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