6 Knee Products to Improve ACL Rehab

1.) Cold/Compression Therapy – $100+

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Knee_Product_Hyper_ice_Adrian_Peterson

Remember those ugly white girly-looking stockings you have to wear on both legs? Or, are you still wearing them and wondering why you need to wear them over your un-injured leg too? Simply put, it’s compression therapy. These white stockings are always used after acl surgery to compress your leg to prevent a blood clot from forming since you will be sitting on your ass for a majority of the time, not moving around much in the beginning phases of your knee recovery. On top of your ugly white stockings, is where your cold therapy wrap or unit should be. During my two acl surgeries, I used a cold therapy unit, which is a device that has a box that you fill with ice and water and plug into the wall and power up. attached is a tube with a wrap where the cold water is circulated to. The wrap is where you place your knee at. Nowadays, I suggest looking into the Gameready cold therapy knee wrap or the Hyperice cold compression knee wrap. Gameready and Hyperice are very popular choices. However, Gameready ice compression units are beyond expensive, but can be rented or “prescribed” by your doctor. On the other hand, the Hyperice knee product is only $100. Whichever route you choose to go, you can’t go wrong, although, I do have slight preference towards to the Hyperice because of its mobility.

2.) CPM Machine (or towel) – $2,000+

CPM-Machine-Knee-Product

CPM-Machine-Knee-Product

Before I begin to tell you what a CPM machine is, let’s look at this beautiful young lady and think, why the hell is she wearing a bathing suit, and why is she smiling? We all know that the first 2-4 weeks is the worst part of the 6-9 month recovery. But, hey, this is the attitude you need, a positive, smiling and determined attitude. Now that we have that out the way, this CPM( continuous passive motion) machine is only utilized for the first few weeks to regain your range of motion. The CPM machine is used to improve your range of motion, decrease stiffness and prevent scar tissue build up. I’d recommend only using this machine your first 2 weeks until you have regained some strength in your quadriceps and hamstrings. Afterwards, focus on firing up your muscles to work on regaining your legs range of motion. Personally, I never used a CPM for either of my two knee surgeries and did just fine with wrapping a towel around my ankle and slowly pulling my heel towards myself. Whatever you choose, go with the recommendations of your orthopedic doctor. The price of these are astronomical and will most likely be prescribe through your insurance.

3.) Resistance Bands – $3+

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knee-products-resistance-bands

 

Resistance bands are one of the very first knee products you use during acl rehab because the resistance can be adjusted from 1 pound on up, depending on the thickness of the elastic band as well as the amount of resistance placed against your leg. Resistance bands are extremely versatile and can be used to target almost any part of your leg to activate each muscle. These are highly recommended for the first few weeks during your at-home workouts to focus on strengthening your quadriceps and hamstrings.

4.) Wobble/Balance Board – $20+

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knee-product-wobble-board

 

This thing works wonders!!! One of the main things you can do to strengthen your knees’ is to focus on proprioception-specific exercises. The reason for this is to improve your knees’ ability to know without thinking of where it is in space and time. Exercising the proprioceptors in your knees’ will help to prevent the possibility of a torn acl and/or other ligaments in the knee. Wobble boards come in different sizes and forms ranging from single-leg wooden wobble boards to 20″ rubber balance boards.

5.) Slide Board – $70+

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Knee-products-slide-board

This is the secret sauce, the slide board. I don’t see many athletes using this for their acl rehab, or at all, which is rather surprising. The slide board is used to strengthen your hips and knees while activating your proprioceptors. However, the slide board is not limited to just your hips and legs, it can be used to target your upper body and core such as your chest, shoulders, arms and abs. Dwayne Wade used these as apart of his glute & hip therapy session via Stack.com

6.) Ankle Weights – $26+

Knee-product-ankle-weights

Knee-product-ankle-weights

 

I don’t recommend these, I demand these! Ankle weights are a great knee rehab product to use at home to increase resistance for strengthening the muscles surround your knee. Like the resistance bands, they’re versatile with the option to increase and decrease the moaunt of weight on the ankle straps. I use the ankle weights pictured above called the “All Pro” ankle weights. The All Pro ankle weights allow you to add or subtract up to 10lb’s of weight from each ankle strap.

These 6 products will only help in your acl recovery, let’s recap these 6 products:

1.) Cold/Compression Therapy – $100+

2.) CPM Machine (or towel) – $2,000+

3.) Resistance Bands – $3+

4.) Wobble/Balance Board – $20+

5.) Slide Board – $70+

6.) Ankle Weights – $26+

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