The Cross Bracing Protocol

The Cross Bracing Protocol is a week by week treatment schedule developed by Drs Merv and Tom Cross. It can be selecting as being appropriate for patients based on the ACL treatment decision framework.

The Cross Bracing Protocol includes:

  • The bracing strategy
  • Aims of the treatment
  • Rehabilitation detail

 

A summary of this schedule is available to practitioners free of charge below. This can also be downloaded if you are registered.

A detailed program is available here. This provides a weekly detailed guide for patient treatment, with the more detail on the points above. Registration enables us to provide updates as required.

The Cross Bracing Protocol Summary

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A detailed weekly program can be downloaded here

WEEK

SUMMARY ACTION

1-4

Brace locked at 90 degrees


Commence anticoagulation medication


5

Brace 60 to 90 degrees

6

Brace 45 to 90 degrees

7

Brace 30 to 120 degrees


Weight bear as tolerated with crutches

8

Brace 20 to 120 degrees


Weight bear without crutches if able


Stop anticoagulation medication

9

Brace 10 to 120 degrees

10

Unrestricted brace


Take brace off to sleep

11

Unrestricted brace

12

End of week – brace removed


Follow up MRI and Doctor review

16-17

Start straight-line running

20+

Re-commence training (dependent on initial type of ACL injury and rehabilitation progress)

9-12 months

Follow up MRI and Doctor review


Return to sport testing

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