J Knee Surg 2008; 21(3): 217-224
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1247822
Review Article

© 2008 Thieme Medical Publishers

A Systematic Review of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Rehabilitation – Part I: Continuous Passive Motion, Early Weight Bearing, Postoperative Bracing, and Home-Based Rehabilitation

Rick W. Wright1 , Emily Preston2 , Braden C. Fleming3 , Annunziato Amendola4 , Jack T. Andrish5 , John A. Bergfeld5 , Warren R. Dunn2 , Chris Kaeding6 , John E. Kuhn2 , Robert G. Marx7 , Eric C. McCarty8 , Richard C. Parker5 , Kurt P. Spindler2 , Michelle Wolcott8 , Brian R. Wolf4 , Glenn N. Williams4
  • 1The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Mo
  • 2The Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Center, Nashville, Tenn
  • 3The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI
  • 4The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • 5The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 6The Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • 7The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
  • 8The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colo
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Publication Date:
14 January 2010 (online)


Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a common surgical knee procedure that requires intensive postoperative rehabilitation by the patient. A variety of randomized controlled trials have investigated aspects of ACL reconstruction rehabilitation. A systematic review of English language level 1 and 2 studies identified 54 appropriate randomized controlled trials of ACL rehabilitation. Topics discussed in this part of the article include continuous passive motion, early weight bearing in motion, postoperative bracing, and home-based rehabilitation.