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When Can I Sleep Without Brace After ACL Surgery?

The timing for discontinuing the use of a brace after ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery can vary depending on factors such as the type of surgery performed, the surgeon’s recommendations, and the individual’s progress in rehabilitation.

Here are some general guidelines regarding the use of braces after ACL surgery…

  1. Immediate Postoperative Period – In the immediate postoperative period, a hinged knee brace may be prescribed to limit motion and provide stability to the knee joint. The brace is typically worn during weight-bearing activities and may be locked in extension to protect the surgical repair and promote healing.
  2. Gradual Reduction in Brace Use – As the healing process progresses and rehabilitation milestones are achieved, the use of the brace may be gradually reduced. This often involves unlocking the brace to allow for controlled range of motion exercises and weight-bearing activities.
  3. Guidance from Healthcare Provider – It’s important to follow the guidance of your healthcare provider regarding the appropriate timing for discontinuing the use of the brace. Your surgeon or physical therapist will assess your progress in rehabilitation, joint stability, and functional strength to determine when it is safe to transition away from brace use.
  4. Functional Assessment – The decision to discontinue brace use may also be based on functional assessments, such as the ability to walk, perform daily activities, and engage in rehabilitation exercises safely without the brace.
  5. Return to Activity Guidelines – If you are planning to return to sports or high-demand activities, your healthcare provider may have specific recommendations regarding brace use during athletic participation. In some cases, athletes may be advised to wear a functional knee brace during certain activities to provide additional support and protection to the knee joint.

The decision to sleep without a brace after ACL surgery should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider. It’s important to follow their recommendations closely and communicate any concerns or questions you may have regarding brace use and rehabilitation progress.Adhering to the prescribed rehabilitation program and gradually increasing activity levels under the guidance of a physical therapist can help optimize recovery and reduce the risk of complications.