Q. Even after a month of ACL and meniscus surgery, I am unable to walk steadily. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Nischith
and medically reviewed by Dr. Lochana
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 28, 2020

Hi Doctor , Its been exactly 1 month I had gone through ACL and Meniscus surgery on my right knee. Doctor suggested me not to remove my knee braces for 2 weeks , after 2weeks i completely removed braces and started walking . Now i started few exercise on my own. I am walking but not steady walking and I cannot keep pressure on my leg still. How much time does it take me to be on normal way . I recently started psychotherapy even. Sitting for a while and standing at sudden, my leg cannot resist the pain Any suggestions . Please


Hello, I understand that you have undergone Acl and meniscus repair 2 weeks back. Hence we need to put you on graded excercise therapy before allowing you to completely walk normally as before. Your Acl ligament reconstruction shouldn’t be at abnormal stress during the initial 12 weeks , Hence your doctor would have advised you to use brace so that he gradually wean you off from brace.

Depending on your range of knee movements, we can plan to mobilise you on a graded basis. Initially you need to strengthen your Quadriceps through passive and then followed by active knee extension. Usually 2 nd week you can start Flexion range of movements initially passive and then active. Once your muscle strengths Are optimal, You can walk. Follow back if any doubts . Thank you.

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