Running is often noted as a major milestone for patients as it signifies the ability to move dynamically and work up a sweat. Although there are often strict instructions for this process it is quite a freeing experience for patients.
A great research piece published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has reviewed the important elements to consider before returning to running. Not surprisingly the return to running should be individualised to every patient. Every person’s knee is different, some people do their rehab more than others and sometimes each surgery is quite different. Therefore the return to running should not be a blanket rule or a one size fits all approach.
If you are unable to tick off each of the above areas running should not be a given just because the surgery was more than 12 weeks ago. Time doesn’t heal all wounds.
If you have any questions regarding the process of ACLR rehabilitation or are unsure of your running status get in touch with one of our physiotherapists here at PeakMSK Physiotherapy.
Rambaud, A. J. M., Arden, C. L., Thoreux, P., Regnaux, J. & Edouard, P. (2018). Criteria for return to running after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a scoping review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 52, 1437-1444.