Arthroscopic Knee Debridement Rehab Protocol

Keys to a Successful Outcome

  • Use ice liberally for the first few days following surgery.

  • Weight bearing is allowed and encouraged as early as it is comfortable

  • When resting, the foot should be placed on a chair or ottoman so that the knee is straight.  Keeping it in a bent position when in a seated position will result in a flexion contracture.

Phase
Brace
ROM
WB
Exercises
Weeks 0-2
During WB activities only
AAROM. ROM goals: 0-90°
WBAT
AAROM stretching of lower limbs; straight-leg raise, quad/multi-planar hip strengthening, stationary bike w/out resistance.
Weeks 2-8
None
FAROM
WBAT
Gait training; balance/propioception exs; begin closed-chain lower limb exs; cardio machines (no running)*
Weeks 8+
None
FAROM. ROM goals: 0-145°
WBAT
Progress resistance training exs; begin plyometric/jumping exs; sport-specific RTP protocol.

 

*Running in pool or an Anti-Gravity treadmill is acceptable

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