The Redskins rollercoaster of a season is over as they fell to the Seattle Seahawks 28-14. However, aside from the X’s and O’s is the daunting injury suffered by Robert Griffin III. After a botched snap from center, he took an awful spill which looked like his knee not only buckled but totally gave in.
If Griffin’s injury is in fact an ACL tear, it may be a long recovery process.
Exactly how long the ACL graft takes to heal sufficiently is open to debate. Furthermore, some sports and activities will place a higher demand on the ACL and more healing may be necessary prior to participation. Most orthopedic physicians agree that a minimum of 6 months is needed before returning to competitive sports. Because of potential risks of reinjury, however, most recommend waiting 7 to 9 months.
You should always discuss returning to sports with your surgeon, as there are variations tostandard ACL rehabilitation. Variations in rehabilitation may be due to the type of graft used, any procedures performed along with the reconstruction (such as meniscus repairs or cartilage repairs), or surgeon preference.
Lastly, ACL rehabilitation is not only an issue of time. ACL rehabilitation involves a progression of therapeutic and sport-specific activities. In order to progress from one step of rehabilitation to the next, you must be able to complete certain activities. If a patient is unable to continue progression, overall rehabilitation may be delayed. That is why working with a physical therapist is so important after ACL surgery.
Fans will now hold their breaths as they await the news.