ACL Surgery prehab exercises? What are they and why should you care? In this video, we cover the set of exercises that Keith performed to maintain muscle control and balance in his legs while waiting for his scheduled ACL replacement surgery date.
WARNING: We are not doctors and you should take this information as just that, information. Always consult your doctor prior to performing any exercise program, especially when you are already injured.
Keith loves to be prepared. So, as soon as he found out that he was going to need ACL replacement surgery he started scouring the web for information on how to prepare for the surgery. Keith ran across a few YouTube videos and some websites that mentioned “prehab” exercises and how important they are in the surgery preparation process.
Keith continued researching these prehab exercises and eventually ran across two programs recommended by medical professionals; Cigna Health and St. Luke’s Hospital (see links at the end of the description). Keith began creating a prehab exercise plan spreadsheet (of course 🤓) based on these recommendations. He then sent this spreadsheet to his orthopedic doctor for review prior to starting the program. His doctor made a few minor tweaks to the program and then gave him the green light to start the prehab exercises.
The first two weeks of the prehab exercises went really well. Keith could feel that he was regaining strength in his leg and also a little bit of balance. Unfortunately, after those two weeks had passed the steroid injection that was controlling inflammation in his knee began to wear off. So, eventually, Keith had to stop the program altogether. However, even with the shortened program, he could feel a significant improvement in the mobility of his knee.
It is important that you always listen to your body when performing any sort of exercise program. If you start to feel consistent pain while performing an exercise, STOP! It is not worth risking further injury just to try to complete an exercise or program. Always listen to your body, it is telling you it is in pain for a reason.
Do you have any experience with ACL prehab exercises? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below. Stay tuned for more as we document the entire ACL surgery/rehab process.
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*Cigna ACL Prehab Program*
*St. Luke’s ACL Prehab Program*