ACL Surgery – Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery is a reconstruction surgery that repairs the major ligament in your knee. Injuries to this ligament commonly occur during sports.
Post-surgery physical rehab will typically focus on building muscle strength to support the joint, carefully working to safely increase range of motion and will include information on preventing re-injury.
You can expect about six months of rehab before you can return to full strength in sports and physical activity.
Torn Rotator Cuff Surgery
A rotator cuff tear is a very common cause of shoulder pain, that can either happen through an injury or wear (degeneration). Depending on the type of tear, you may be able to start rehabilitation as early as 2 weeks following surgery. For larger tears, immobilization in a sling and a waiting period of 4 – 6 weeks may be requested by your surgeon to protect the healing.
Rehab includes exercises to increase strength, stretches to increase range of motion along with modalities, and patient education.
Achilles Tendon Surgery Rehab
The achilles tendon is a strong cord in your lower leg that connects the muscles of the calves to your heel. It is the largest tendon in your body and is responsible for helping you to walk, run, and jump. You will need to wear a cast or walking boot for 6 – 12 weeks following the surgery of your achilles tendon, your physiotherapist can work with you through this process of knowing when to take off your boot and start to put pressure on your ankle.
Returning to sport or activities can range anywhere from 4 – 6 months depending on how well it is healing, and how well you follow your rehab program.