What can help me recover from ACL reconstruction surgery?

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, there's a lot you can do to make sure you have a good outcome. At first you can help your wound heal by managing the pain and swelling. You'll also need to start right away with rehabilitation exercises. These are exercises to help you regain range of motion in your knee and to restore your sense of balance and control in your leg.

For most patients, regaining full strength, balance, and control in the knee and leg takes several months. How fast and how well you recover depends in large part on how consistently and carefully you do your rehabilitation exercises.

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