Knee Arthroscopy Rehabilitation Protocol

PHASE I:

Weight Bearing

  • Weight bearing as tolerated

BRACE

  • None

ROM

  • Full ROM as tolerated with angles more than 90°

Therapeutic Exercise

  • Exercises to achieve full ROM
  • Heel slides, hamstring curls, toe raises
  • Isometric hip adduction to resisted hip adduction
  • Quadriceps sets
  • Static weight lifts/ short arc quads
  • Hip abduction (does not aggravate patella-femoral symptoms)
  • Theraband exercises: knee extension, leg press
  • Stationary bike as tolerated

PHASE II:

Weight Bearing

  • Full weight bearing with no assistance

BRACE

  • None

ROM

  • Achieve full AROM

Therapeutic Exercise

  • ROM and strengthening exercises
  • Functional Training: balance activities, step-downs/ups, lunges, and or partial squats, as tolerated
  • Eccentric quadriceps and hamstring exercises
  • Jogging on a mini- trampoline, progressing to treadmill running
  • Increase resistance on stationary bicycle

PHASE III:

Weight Bearing

  • Full Active weight bearing

BRACE

  • None

ROM

  • Full AROM

Therapeutic Exercise

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Plyometric exercises
  • Running and agility drills
  • Sport specific drills

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