Skip to main content

Table 2 Rehabilitation protocol (identical for both groups)

From: Norwegican Cartilage Project - a study protocol for a double-blinded randomized controlled trial comparing arthroscopic microfracture with arthroscopic debridement in focal cartilage defects in the knee

Rehabilitation phases Objectives Physiotherapy and activities Criteria for progression to next phase
1st phase: Accomodation - Reduce symptomsa
- Normalize ROM og muscle control
- Education/coaching
- ROM, isometric exercises
- Gait training (no weight-bearing for two weeks)
- No symptoms during ADL
- Flexion 90°
- Normalized quadriceps
2nd phase: Rehabilitation - Full ROM
- Normalize muscle strength and joint stability
- Stationary bike cycling
- Progressive knee and hip resistance training
- Neuromuscular training
- Full ROM
- No symptoms after training
- Equally distributed weight on the lower limbs during weight-bearing exercises
- Ability to stand on 1 limb on a flat surface for at least 10 s
3rd phase: Return to activity - Recovery of strength and neuromuscular control
- Return to activity/sport
- Knee and hip resistance training
- Neuromuscular training
- Cardiovascular training
- Return to activity/sport based on individual assessment
  1. a Symptoms = pain and swelling