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Rehab Protocols

Meniscus Allograft Transplantation

Phase I (Weeks 0-8)

  • Weightbearing:
    • Weeks 0-2:  Partial Weightbearing (up to 50%)
    • Weeks 2-6:  Advance to WBAT with crutches (d/c crutches at 4 weeks post-op if gait normalized)
  • Hinged Knee Brace:  worn for 6 weeks post-op
    • Locked in full extension for ambulation and sleeping – remove for hygiene (Week 1)
    • Locked in full extension for ambulation– remove for hygiene and sleeping (Week 2)
    • Set to range from 0-90° for ambulation- remove for hygiene and sleeping (Weeks 3-6)
    • Discontinue brace at 6 weeks post-op
  • Range of Motion – PROM -> AAROM -> AROM as tolerated
    • Weeks 02:  Non-weightbearing 0-90°
    • Weeks 28:  Full non-weightbearing ROM as tolerated – progress to flexion angles greater than 90°
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Quadriceps sets, heel slides, straight leg raises, patellar mobilizations, co-contractions (Weeks 0-2)
    • Add heel raises and terminal knee extensions (Weeks 2-8)
    • Activities in brace for first 6 weeks – then without brace
    • No weightbearing with flexion > 90° during Phase I
    • Avoid tibial rotation for first 8 weeks to protect the meniscal allograft

Phase II (Weeks 8-12)

  • Weightbearing:  As tolerated
  • Range of Motion –  Full active ROM
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Progress to closed chain extension exercises, begin hamstring strengthening
    • Lunges – 0-90°, Leg press – 0-90° (flexion only)
    • Proprioception exercises
    • Begin use of the stationary bicycle

 Phase III (Months 3-6)

  • Weightbearing:  Full weightbearing with normal gait pattern
  • Range of Motion – Full/Painless ROM
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Continue with quad and hamstring strengthening
    • Focus on single-leg strength
    • Begin jogging/running
    • Plyometrics and sport-specific drills
  • Gradual return to athletic activity as tolerated (6 months post-op)
  • Maintenance program for strength and endurance

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