Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity

  • Clarence L. ShieldsJr.
  • Clive E. Brewster
  • Matthew C. Morrissey
Part of the Comprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties book series (CMSS)


Measures to treat or repair the athlete’s injured lower extremity are only the necessary first steps in returning him or her to competition. The athlete also needs a full and appropriate course of rehabilitation. Exercises should be performed with constant consideration for the presence or absence of pain. If pain persists, this may indicate an incorrect performance of each exercise. Indeed, in applying any set of specific exercises, it is always best to perform an exercise using sound principles of mechanics against less resistance. Throughout rehabilitation, emphasize to the patient the importance of reporting any pain experienced during an exercise. With this information, the therapist can determine whether or not to continue that exercise at that time.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Knee Flexion Posterior Cruciate Ligament Home Program 
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  • Clarence L. ShieldsJr.
  • Clive E. Brewster
  • Matthew C. Morrissey

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