Usually 12 weeks after ACL surgery but there are some requirements before you start:

1. You must have full knee bending and straightening when compared to your non-operated knee

2. You must have minimal to no swelling in your knee

3. You must be able to walk fast without a limp

4. You must have minimal to no knee pain

5. You must be able to walk 20 minutes without increasing pain and swelling

6. You should have done squats and lunges before starting jogging

7. You should have started some exercises to strengthen your non-operated leg

The details of how to get to this stage are specified in our ACL mobile app called Curovate that guides you through every day of your recovery! If you are not sure that you have met these requirements speak to your health care provider to make sure you are ready to start jogging.

I start my patients at week 12 with a walking jogging progression 3 times per week.

It looks like this:

5 minutes fast walk

1 minute jog

4 minutes walk

1 minute jog

4 minutes walk

1 minute jog

4 minutes walk

5 minutes walk slowing down

For a total of 25 minutes

Typically I increase the jogging time by 1 minute every week so that by week 13 it looks like this:

5 minutes fast walk

2 minutes jog

3 minutes walk

2 minutes jog

3 minutes walk

2 minutes jog

3 minutes walk

5 minutes walk slowing down

For a total of 25 minutes

Continue this progression 3 times per week until you are able to jog 25 minutes continuously. I also consider the patient's goals and if they have no desire to jog for 25 minutes then I modify what they have to do. If a patient wants to play a sport involving running then jogging for 25 minutes is a requirement after surgery and before returning to their sport. There are additional return to play guidelines provided in our ACL app.  

You can get the full 6 month ACL rehabilitation program which includes the walking jogging progression and all of the information about when you are allowed to do various physical activities after ACL injury.