Dr. Johnson explains when a woman can return to normal physical activity following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
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Returning to sports and exercise is really you shouldn’t give a blanket statement. So in other words, playing competitive soccer on an indoor team you’re now in your 20s, you finish college but you said, “Oh, I got a real job now but I’m going to playing this indoor team.” A lot of females do that. That’s very different than maybe playing a tennis batch once a month but in general I would say guidelines are that can be anywhere from six months to up to a year and a lot of that depends on what you want to do and how much you’ve committed to your rehab but you know in general I think guidelines we give should be off crutches, walking normally, looking normally to your family and friends a couple of months after ACL surgery. So a reasonable goal is two months after surgery when your family and friends see you walking at the local mall that you look like, “Wow! She looks great two months after surgery”. But in return, to ACL dependent sports, so going back to that indoor team you’ve volunteered for, playing tennis on the weekends that can be up to six months after ACL surgery. So let’s say, you know it’s a stepwise progression of place in further challenges on the knee.
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