After your child’s medial patella femoral ligament reconstruction surgery, rehabilitation is key to getting back to a normal life. After surgery, your child will continue to meet with your doctor and other specialists, but will work most closely with a physical therapist during rehabilitation. Every child’s rehabilitation process is different, but often your child will meet with the physical therapist several times a week, then be expected to do exercises at home, too. The section below gives you a better understanding of the rehabilitation process. It’s important to work closely with your child’s specialists and physical therapist to ensure that rehabilitation is going as planned so your child can safely return to their normal activities.
During the first week after surgery, your child’s care team will work with you and your child to help ensure they attain the certain goals and perform specific exercises:
During weeks 2-4, goals and exercises will include:
By 4-6 weeks after surgery, your child should be able to perform more challenging exercises. Here is what you can expect at this point in your child’s rehabilitation:
During this rehabilitation phase, your child will no longer need a brace and exercises will continue to gain intensity. Here are some things you can expect
During weeks 10-12, your child’s physical therapist will help them continue to gain strength in the leg and knee:
As your child nears the end of their rehabilitation, they’ll begin to incorporate more intense exercises as they increase their strength. These exercises include: