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When can you go back to your previous level of physical activity after a knee ligament injury?

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Don't rush things. Don’t go back to your old level of activity until:

If you start to use your knee before it's healed, you could cause permanent damage.

  • Your doctor says it’s OK.
  • You can fully bend and straighten the knee without pain.
  • The knee doesn’t hurt when you walk, jog, sprint, or jump.
  • It’s no longer swollen.
  • The injured knee is as strong as the uninjured knee.

From: What Are Knee Ligament Injuries? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

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