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ACL Rehabilitation: Stationary Bike

Woman exercising on stationary bike.

After you regain muscle control, it’s time to build strength. This improves your ability to put your full weight on your leg. For best results, warm up and stretch before starting. If your injury is recent, wait until swelling and pain decrease before doing this exercise:

  • Once you can move your leg through a full turn, slowly pedal for five to 10 minutes. Alternate between pedaling forward and backward.

  • As your range of motion improves, pedal at a faster, steady pace.

  • To increase your endurance, pedal a few minutes longer and at a higher intensity each day.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
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Last Review Date: 8/11/2013
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