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3138 Anterior Cruciate Ligament Physiotherapy: Hospital based rehabilitation

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Hello. You have had an operation to repair your injured anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. This video will tell you which exercises to do immediately after your surgery. Ideally you should also see a physiotherapist who will take you through these exercises before you leave the hospital. Take three deep, slow breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth, every hour. This keeps the air circulating throughout your lungs. When you are lying in bed or sitting in a chair, pump your ankles up and down 15 times, every hour. These exercises can be done with your legs straight or bent. It is important to straighten your leg fully after the operation. To help you do this, place a heel prop or towel under your heel. Slide your heel along the bed to fully straighten your knee. To start with you may only be able to do this for a matter of seconds or minutes. As your pain improves, keep your leg straight for longer and longer, up to 20 minutes. Repeat this 3 to 6 times a day. To keep your thigh muscles strong while you are sitting or lying in bed, squeeze your thigh muscle, pushing your knee down into the bed. Try to hold this for 3 seconds before releasing. Repeat this exercise 15 times, 3 to 6 times a day. Gently slide your heel up the bed until your knee is bent before sliding your heel back down again. Always keep your heel in contact with the mattress. Repeat this 15 times, 3 to 6 times a day. You will be discharged home once your wound has been checked, you have had an x-ray of your knee, you have good muscle control, and you are able to walk with crutches. Once you are home, there are a few activities which we recommend to help with your recovery at this important time: Take short periods of light activity, such as walking around the house, to help regain your movement. Do this a few times a day. If you are in bed, rest your heel on a rolled towel. If you are in a chair, rest your heel on a small table or stool. This helps to straighten your leg, and the elevation will reduce swelling. Apply an ice pack or bag of frozen peas, wrapped in a tea towel, to your knee for 15 to 20 minutes, three to five times a day. If you use ice too often or for too long, you will develop ice burns which cause blistering, pain and itchiness. Check your skin every few minutes. Your knee will either be wrapped in bandages or sometimes put in a brace. Keep the bandage on for 2 to 3 days, after which you can gradually reduce or debulk the size of the dressing. Keep the brace on until your follow-up appointment, unless advised differently by your medical team.

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Posted by: richardwh on Oct 20, 2016

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