Rehabilitation procedures for anterior instabilities of the knee were compiled in 1984. Since then these procedures have changed drastically. Immediate weight-bearing, immediate range of motion into full extension, and post-op Day 1 quadricep exercise are only three of the changes that streamline this rehabilitation process. Many of the biomechanical and healing restraints are still the same. But it appears that the human body heals much faster than the animal models used to predict successful treatment of anterior instabilities of the knee. As always, the pendulum swings and puts different emphasis on rehab ideas and techniques that were not used a few years ago. The present paper reflects the latest in this rehabilitation process.
Tab Blackburn is with Rehabilitation Services of Columbus, Inc., 6262 Hamilton Road, PO Box 8068, Columbus, GA 31995-3099.