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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2011 August;62(4):291-5

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Rehabilitation after posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Lee Y. S., Kim N. K.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Incheon, Republic of Korea


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The keys to a successful posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction are to identify and treat all the pathologies, employ strong graft material, accurate surgical technique, strong graft fixation, and the appropriate rehabilitation program. On the other hand, there is a paucity of information on rehabilitation after a reconstruction of the PCL and posterolateral structures. The main characteristics of this protocol of rehabilitation are that weight bearing is started immediately after surgery for co-contraction and proprioceptive training, but the range of motion exercise should progress slowly as with other protocols. This article outlines the rehabilitation guidelines used at our institution after a reconstruction of the PCL and combined injuries. In addition, the scientific rationale behind some critical points is discussed.

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