Running after ACL and Meniscus Surgery

CAN I RUN AFTER AN ACL OR MENISCUS SURGERY?

An ACL reconstruction surgery is a knee surgery typically conducted to replace or cut out a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee. ACL injuries usually occur while playing sports such as soccer, basketball, skiing, surfing, rugby and football.

They usually occur in sports where rapid change of movements and frequent stopping takes place as well as lots of running. Physical rehabilitation after ACL surgery is crucial to strengthen the knee and restore mobility.

The meniscus is a rubbery cartilage tissue cushioned in between the bones that make up the knee joints. It acts as a shock absorber while doing heavy activities like running and weightlifting.

Meniscus surgery can be either partial or total, depending on the torn meniscus being removed or it can be lateral meniscus surgery or medial meniscus surgery, depending on the part of meniscus being removed. 

It is best to avoid running for at least 10 to 12 weeks after both ACL and meniscus surgeries, to allow the soft tissues to recover. A few months after the surgery, you may start rehabilitation under the guidance of a physiotherapist or your surgeon. This may involve light running. All in all, rest is essential for your knee after surgery and running should be put off for at least a few months.

DIGBY IONE WEARS GENUTRAIN P3

We have been proud supporters of Australian athletes and helped Rugby players to recover from sports injuries. Take a look at Digby Jones wearing the GenuTrain P3 for a speedy recovery of the ACL and meniscus damage to his knee joint. 

We 3D measured Digby to ensure his knee braces had the perfect fit. Bauerfeind are the only knee brace supplier in Australia to provide 3D scanning prior to purchasing a knee brace. If you're not able to visit a showroom you can also measure yourself using a standard tape measure.

BEST KNEE BRACES FOR POST-OP CARE AFTER A MENISCECTOMY/ACL SURGERY


secutec genu for acl and meniscus surgery

SecuTec Genu

A functional orthosis for the external stabilisation of the knee joint.

$1,299.95 - Buy Now

A torn ligament, collateral ligament injury or operation on the meniscus can mean that the knee joint needs to be stabilised externally for a period of time. The SecuTec Genu hinged knee brace is a lightweight but sturdy knee orthosis, designed to fit the anatomy of the leg.

The knee brace is easy to put on and take off, fits perfectly and is very comfortable to wear.

The SecuTec Genu is ideal for instabilities after rupturing the anterior and/or posterior cruciate ligament, after ligament surgery/syndesmoplasty, complex traumatic or degenerative instabilities, to restrict the range of movement of the knee (for example, after collateral ligament injuries, meniscal suturing or meniscal implantation).

Running after acl and meniscus surgery

GenuTrain Knee brace

An award-winning knee brace that provides targeted support for pain relief and stabilisation of the knee.

$149.95 - Buy Now

After using the SecuTec Genu knee brace for recovery, we recommend wearing the GenuTrain for day to day activities and sporting activities for relief and stability.

  • Integrated donning aid allows you to easily put on the knee brace
  • Soft hollow of the knee for enhanced wearing comfort
  • Three-dimensional active knit for an ideal fit and optimal neuromuscular joint stabilization
  • Omega pad improves neuromuscular joint stabilization
  • Meniscus wings to help relieve meniscus pain
  • Hoffa pads provide pressure relief
  • Fits either leg the same version can be used for right and left
  • Moisture wicking fabric for all day comfort

GenuTrain P3 Knee brace

An advanced knee brace for pain and misalignment of the kneecap, often caused by injury related to sports

$239.95 - Buy Now

The GenuTrain P3 is ideal for pain caused by misalignment of the kneecap (patellar lateralisation), femoropatellar pain syndrome (anterior knee pain), ACL and MCL injury or pain associated with patellar tip syndrome. Unique 3D weave is breathable, moisture wicking and provides all day comfort.

  • Corrective guide – Stops your kneecap from drifting outward to relieve discomfort and help healing without loss of mobility.
  • Corrective strap – can be individually adjusted for optimal kneecap control.
  • Ring-shaped soft pad – Surrounds the kneecap to center it for stability.
  • Wedge-shaped Hoffa soft pads – Two pressure points on the pad relieve strain on the area below the knee, which can frequently cause pain.
Brace for running after ACL and meniscus surgery

GenuTrain S Hinged Knee brace

An active knee brace designed especially for active seniors who need support of complex, chronic arthritic knee pain.

$289.95 - Buy now

  • Three-dimensional fabric – Automatically conforms to the body’s natural shape for ideal fit and optimal joint stabilisation.
  • Adjustable straps – Lets you control the amount of pressure for a better fit and right amount of support
  • Joint side bars – Straps connect directly to side bars for superior stability in the knee and surrounding area.
  • Viscoelastic pads – Provides a massage effect during movement.
  • Soft knit fabric – Breathable knit is comfortable to wear and keeps moisture away from the body.

 


MEDICAL GRADE COMPRESSION FOR MENISCUS AND ACL RECOVERY

Check out this video Jay Sabol, Head Athletic trainer of NBA talking about the benefits of medical-grade compression offered by Bauerfeind products for elite athletes. In comparison to cheap neoprene braces, high medical grade compression reduces swelling and increases oxygen flow to the knee muscles which improves recovery. 

When you're recovering from an ACL or meniscus injury, medical-grade compression aids in pain relief and faster recovery from the injury. Spend less time on the sidelines and push your personal best with Bauerfeind. 

 

CAN I WALK WITH A TORN ACL?

Many people with a torn meniscus or ACL can walk and complete daily exercises with no major restrictions. It is important to see a medical specialist to get it treated right away so you can resume pain-free normal activity as soon as possible.

 

HOW TO TREAT PAIN CAUSED BY A TORN ACL/MENISCUS TEAR?

  • Regularly apply ice packs in the first few days to the affected area to help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises, especially for your quadriceps and knee muscles. Your doctor can recommend a physical therapist to escalate your recovery.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and analgesic may be helpful.
  • Severe or persistent pain should be investigated by your doctor.
  • For more advanced meniscus injuries, surgery may be recommended by your doctor.
Play it safe: Consult a doctor if you experience unusually intense and persistent knee pain.