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When can I return to normal activity after ACL reconstruction surgery?

The recovery period after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, and what you can expect long term, is different for every patient. It depends in part on your general physical condition, what you need to do, and other factors.
  • Return to work when your doctor advises. Many patients can return to office work within a week. If your work is physically strenuous and a light-duty assignment is not available, you may need to be off work longer.
  • Return to sports. You can return to sports when you have no more pain or swelling, when your knee has full range of motion, and when your muscle strength and endurance are restored to normal. Your doctor needs to give written permission before you return to any sports or competition.

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