2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

A Study of Physical Therapy Post-Operative Start Time on Range of Motion for ACL Reconstruction Patients
Michael A. Cooper
Dr. Alex J. Koch and Dr. Christopher D. Lantz, Faculty Mentors

The goal of this study was to discover if the time waited before starting physical therapy after surgery affected range of motion return after 12 weeks. Previous research showed that there was no set standard time to start therapy. The data used in this study was collected from a moderate sized physical therapy clinic in an upper middle class suburb of a major city which had 24 patients over the previous year come in for ACL reconstruction and had taken their range of motion over the course of 12 weeks. Differential statistics were run on the range of motion for the 24 patients at different points of their therapy, splitting the group up by how long after surgery they started their program. A linear regression test was then run and it showed that the time which they started their program by itself did not significantly effect their range of motion at 12 weeks out (Sig. .887).

Keywords: ACL, Rehabilitation, Physical, Therapy

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 18-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 9:30

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