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Post ACL reconstruction

I have been operated on 31oct for ACL reconstruction. Now my lower leg all swelled up. If i hang my leg to walk, my calf muscle hurts too much, i cant bare to walk. My knee does not hurt any more, but the calf muscle does hurt too much.. my dr did say to start taking baby steps with the operated leg, but i cant fully press my leg on the ground, even though I'm not giving my weight on it, because of the calf muscle hurting. I do all the exercises given to me by the dr. I know its not a big issue.. but i need the pain and the swelling gone.. any help?
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Dr. Vishwas Virmani Noida | Physiotherapist
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Avoid sitting Cross legged. Avoid Squatting- Quadriceps Exercises- Lie straight, make a towel role and put it under the knee, press the keen against the role, hold it for 20 secs. Repeat 20 times twice a day. This will help relieve some pain. Core Strengthening Exercise- Straight Leg Raised With Toes Turned Outward, repeat 10 times, twice a day. Hams Stretching- lie straight, take the leg up, pull the feet towards yourself, with a elastic tube or normal belt. repeat 10 times, twice a day. Sports Taping- stretch the tape from both ends and apply on the affected area Contrast Fomentation (Hot and Cold).
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Is there any warmth to your calf muscles or it is swollen and painful?

Better take TENS and gentile stretches to calf muscles from a Physiotherapist

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Please do ankle pump exercises

knee press exercises

Band exercises for ankle

Elevation with pillow

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Dr. Anuradha Sharma Noida | Orthopedic Physiotherapist
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OK apply ice pack on swelled area and  nw requirements am strength in ur calf so do calf stretching exercises.
Its tk to 4 to 6 month and advise for u tk physiotherapy
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Dr. Shashin Dewangan NYPT Mumbai | Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
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Dear, Rx. 1. Instructions post operation follow such as does and don't. 2. Post ACL reconstruction, required Day-1 to 3 month knee rehabilitation therapy, as per STANDARD PROTOCOL. 3. Apply ice, elevate and rest, until you visit a Clinical Physiotherapist such we. Good Luck. Dr. Shashin Dewangan NYPT, USA.
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Dr. Naveen Kumar M S Bangalore | Orthopedic Surgeon
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Keep your limb elevated with a pillow under the knee.
Ice pack.
Keep doing exercises adviced by your doctor.
If your not able to do the exercise effectively can take physio help,can ask your doc for his preffered physio .
Visit your primary consultant.
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