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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:

  • 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.

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

SOURCES: 

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 26, 2018

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