ACL Rehabilitation Phase 3
During the third stage, from six to twelve weeks, emphasis is placed on improved muscular control and general muscular strengthening. Rehabilitation will progress from static to dynamic techniques including balance exercises. The patient should have a full range of motion during this stage and gentle resistance work should be added.
During this phase you can start using an exercise bicycle and a stair-stepper, as long as you are comfortable and your knee does not hurt or swell significantly after exercise. By the end of this period the patient should be able to cycle normally, swim with a straight leg kick and be able to jog freely.