Physical therapy (PT) is an essential component to a full, successful recovery. Bring your documents and papers (given to you on the day of surgery) to first PT visit.
You will participate in a rehabilitation program known as the MOON (Multicenter Orthopedic Outcomes Network) to progress safely back to normal activity. Emphasis is placed first on achieving proper motion, then on strengthening, then on specific exercises to help you return to work and sport. See a sample by downloading MOON guidelines for ACL rehabilitation.
Careful adherence to the physical therapy program is important to heal and to build muscle strength before returning to activities.