What is it? Rehabilitation is an essential component to the surgical treatment of knee injuries, particularly the torn ACL. Although we have made great advances in understanding rehabilitation, the optimal techniques are still evolving. We are currently performing a blinded, randomized controlled study on rehabilitation methods following ACL reconstruction.
The focus of the study is to evaluate the benefit of using a continuous passive motion machine in various groups of patients receiving different types of therapy. We hope to show that the passive motion machine will prove particularly beneficial to the patients who receive a more limited number of physical therapy visits. The use of the CPM machine may therefore allow the patient to shorten the length and intensity of their therapy in the future.