Table 2

Characteristics of included studies

Author

(NHMRC level of evidence)

Population

(sample size)

[Mean age in years]

Comparison

Follow up period (months)

Post operative rehabilitation protocols


Lavoie et al.

[27]

(III-3)

Chronic & acute

(47)[31.6]

NA

8-45

NR


Nau et al.

[29]

(II)

Chronic

(53)[30.9]

Bone patellar bone autologous graft

2

6

12

24

Identical for both groups

WB as tolerated

x3/week physiotherapy sessions#


Liu et al.

[28]

(IV)

Chronic

(60)[36.0]

4SHG autologous graft

48-52

4SHG Group

Week 0-8: SQ, SLR, Hinged brace

Week 1-3: Static step for balance

Week 3: Initiated Kn F exercises

Week 10: Full WB

Week 12:Normal ADL, Kn F > 120°

6 months: RTS (non competitive)

9 months: RTS and all activities

LARS Group

Week 0-1: SQ, SLR, Full Kn F

Week 0.5-3: WB with Crutches

2 months: RTS (non competitive)

3-4 months: RTS and all activities


Gao et al.

[8]

(IV)

Chronic & acute

(159)[30.0]

NA

36-62

Week 0-1: SQ, Kn F to 90°, crutches, partial WB

Week 1-2: Kn F to 120°

Week 2-4: progress to full WB

1-2 months: return to full ADLs

3 months: initiate return to jogging

6 months: RTS


NR: not reported

4SHG: 4 strand hamstring graft autologous graft

NA: Not applicable

WB: weight bearing

SLR: Straight leg raise

SQ: Static quadriceps exercises

RTS: Return to sport

Kn F: Knee flexion

ADLs: Activities of daily living

*Chronic was termed greater than 3 months from injury time to surgery

# For the first 3 months

Machotka et al. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 2010 2:29   doi:10.1186/1758-2555-2-29

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