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Knee rehabilitation protocols

For patients who are recovering from knee surgery, please refer to the following protocols as advised by your physical therapist.

ACL repair rehab protocol

ACL reconstruction rehab protocol

Knee arthroscopy rehab protocol

Articular cartilage paste graft rehab protocol

Articular cartilage transplant to the trochlea rehab protocol

Meniscus repair rehab protocol

Meniscus transplant rehab protocol

PCL repair rehab protocol

PCL reconstruction rehab protocol

Posterolateral corner reconstruction rehab protocol

Partial knee replacement rehab protocol

Total knee replacement rehab protocol

Patellofemoral ligament reconstruction rehabilitation program

Exercise videos

Many of the protocols listed refer to specific exercises. Here are some videos explaining knee and lower extremity exercises which you may find useful.

Please only do these exercises if you have been advised to do so by your physical therapist. Always use caution and remember if it hurts, stop.

Knee Rehabilitation

Knee ROM Exercises: Towel Knee Range of Motion

Knee ROM Exercise: Feet-On-Ball Roll-In

Range of Motion Exercises: Lower Knee Dangle ROM Flexion

Range Of Motion Exercise: Knee Dangle

Fix a meniscus to avoid arthritis
A recent study suggested that meniscus surgery doesn't help. Studies can be misleading. Even small losses of meniscus tissue lead to big changes in force concentration on the tibia (shin bone) and eventually arthritis.
VIP Disease
Varying medical protocols because someone is extra-special can lead to problems. If you are extra-special, I suggest you request plain vanilla care—and expect the best outcome to occur. Here is why.
Pot. Almost 50% of the patients in my practice recently used marijuana to reduce their post-op pain. I didn’t prescribe it; the word just seems to be out.
July 14th, 2015
In light of Wes Matthews and other NBA athletes suffering Achilles ruptures, Dr. Stone speaks to Mavs Moneyball, a...
July 11th, 2018
Dr. Stone gives the nation running tips on how to avoid pain while protecting your joints.
April 27th, 2016
Dr Stone talking about Steph Curry's injury and the Warrior's season.

Kevin R. Stone · Jonathan R. Pelsis · Scott T. Surrette · Ann W. Walgenbach · Thomas J. Turek 

A new treatment to replace the entire cartilage surface

Stone, K.R., A. Freyer, T. Turek, A.W. Walgenbach, S. Wadhwa, and J. Crues. 2007.