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Knee rehabilitation protocols

For patients who are recovering from knee surgery, please refer to the following protocols as advised by your physical therapist.

ACL repair rehab protocol

ACL reconstruction rehab protocol

Knee arthroscopy rehab protocol

Articular cartilage paste graft rehab protocol

Articular cartilage transplant to the trochlea rehab protocol

Meniscus repair rehab protocol

Meniscus transplant rehab protocol

PCL repair rehab protocol

PCL reconstruction rehab protocol

Posterolateral corner reconstruction rehab protocol

Partial knee replacement rehab protocol

Total knee replacement rehab protocol

Patellofemoral ligament reconstruction rehabilitation program

Exercise videos

Many of the protocols listed refer to specific exercises. Here are some videos explaining knee and lower extremity exercises which you may find useful.

Please only do these exercises if you have been advised to do so by your physical therapist. Always use caution and remember if it hurts, stop.

Knee Rehabilitation

Knee ROM Exercises: Towel Knee Range of Motion

Knee ROM Exercise: Feet-On-Ball Roll-In

Range of Motion Exercises: Lower Knee Dangle ROM Flexion

Range Of Motion Exercise: Knee Dangle

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