Recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery is a long, difficult process. It takes time to get swelling down and strength of the leg muscles back. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss one of the key features of the early rehab process – bending your knee after ACL surgery.

BeBe asks:

Hello Doctor,
I had ACL reconstructive surgery. After the surgery, that same evening, I was able to bend my knee more then 90° with the CPM machine. It didn’t hurt, and I was able to walk. Is it ok to bend slowly to about 40 to 50 degrees and not have fear of tearing of the new tissue inside?

When can you start bending your knee after ACL surgery?

It’s important to talk to your doctor to find out what restrictions you have after surgery. He might place limits on bending your knee after ACL surgery. For example, if your surgeon repaired a meniscus tear, he might only let you bend your knee to 90 degrees for a few weeks.

In this video, I discuss the importance of regaining full knee motion soon after ACL reconstruction. I discuss the one thing that can help you with bending your knee after ACL surgery quickly and safely.

Also read:
When can I run after ACL surgery?
What is the future of my knee 20 years after ACL surgery?

Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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