Rehabilitation Protocols

Looking for Rehabilitation Protocols?  

It’s hard to stay on top of the current research and know how to progress your patients after a variety of different injuries and surgeries. There are so many different types of surgeries that can come into your clinic, each with their own subtle variations. Rehabilitation protocols are an important tool that you can use to:

  • Assure you are following the precautions and time restrictions based on the tissue healing time frames following injury or surgery
  • Know how fast or slow to progress a patient
  • Know if you are falling behind and assure people are making adequate progress
  • Know the criteria to transition to more advanced phases of rehabilitation

Have You Had These Questions About Rehabilitation Protocols?

  • What exercises should I perform at week 6 following a total knee replacement?
  • How does rehabilitation differ after a large or small rotator cuff tear?
  • How much range of motion should I have at week 8 following a SLAP repair?
  • How does rehabilitation differ based on using a patellar tendon or hamstring autograft during ACL reconstruction?
  • How does adding a subacromial decompression change your rate of progression after a labral repair?


Take the guess work out of how to progress your patients following an injury or surgery. AdvancedCEU has the latest rehabilitation protocols from Kevin Wilk, Mike Reinold, and James Andrews. Our protocols are backed by evidence and experience, being used in our own rehabilitation clinics everyday.


Rehabilitation Protocols by Wilk, Reinold, and Andrews

Kevin Wilk, DPT, Mike Reinold DPT, SCS, CSCS, and James Andrews, MD have created some of the most widely used, published, cited, and respected rehabilitation protocols based on exactly how they progress their patients. These are some of the same protocols that have been published in journals such as:

Rehabilitation Protocols Wilk Reinold Andrews

You can now access over 135 rehabilitation protocols that cover the most commonly seen injuries and surgeries. There are many variations based on surgical technique, concomitant procedures, and patient activity level. Many different types of rehabilitation protocols are included:

  • Postoperative rehabilitation protocols
  • Preoperative rehabilitation handouts
  • Nonoperative rehabilitation protocols
  • Exercise handouts
  • Interval return to sport programs

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Our rehabilitation protocols are now completely online! You can access the protocols at anytime from any device connected to the internet. You’ll have the option to view, download, and print on demand.


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Here are All the Protocols that are Included

Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Protocols

Rotator Cuff Protocols

  • Mini-open rotator cuff repair Type I
  • Mini-open rotator cuff repair Type II
  • Mini-open rotator cuff repair Type III
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair small-medium tear
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair medium-large tear
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with SLAP repair
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with Bankart repair
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in overhead athletes
  • Traditional open and mini-open rotator cuff repair
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Rotator cuff debridement
  • Partial thickness transtendinous rotator cuff repair
  • Preoperative guidelines for subacromial decompression
  • Preoperative guidelines for rotator cuff repair

Shoulder Instability Protocols

  • Anterior capsular shift – accelerated
  • Anterior capsular shift – regular
  • Anterior and posterior capsular shift – congenital laxity
  • Arthroscopic anterior Bankart labral repair – regular
  • Arthroscopic anterior Bankart labral repair – accelerated athlete
  • Open anterior Bankart labral repair – regular
  • Open anterior Bankart labral repair – accelerated
  • Open posterior Bankart labral repair
  • Arthroscopic posterior Bankart labral repair
  • Arthroscopic 360 degree labral repair
  • Arthroscopic capsular plication
  • Thermal capsular shrinkage – acquired laxity
  • Thermal capsular shrinkage – congenital laxity
  • Thermal capsular shrinkage with SLAP repair
  • Thermal capsular shrinkage with SAD

SLAP Protocols (Superior Labrum Protocols)

  • SLAP Type I and III debridement
  • SLAP Type II repair
  • SLAP Type IV with biceps tenodesis

Other Shoulder Rehabilitation Protocols

  • AC joint reconstruction
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty – normal
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty – tissue deficient
  • Hemi-cap humeral head replacement
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Distal biceps repair
  • Proximal biceps repair
  • Triceps repair
  • Open pectoralis major repair
  • Open subscapularis repair
  • Open subscapularis repair with tenodesis
  • Biceps tenodesis

Nonoperative Rehabilitation Programs

  • Internal impingement
  • Subacromial impingement
  • Multi-directional instability
  • Atraumatic instability
  • Traumatic anterior instability
  • Dynamic stability for the overhead athlete
  • Adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder

Exercise Programs

  • Fundamental shoulder program
  • Throwers ten program
  • Little league injury prevention program
  • Golfers ten program
  • Post-operative shoulder program
  • Scapular training program

Interval Return to Sports Programs

  • Interval throwing program – phase I long toss
  • Interval throwing program – phase II mound
  • 10-day throwing program following injection
  • 14-day throwing program following injection
  • 21-day throwing program following injection
  • Interval Little League throwing program
  • Interval Softball throwing program
  • Interval hitting program
  • Interval tennis program
  • Interval golf program
  • Interval football throwing program
  • Interval javelin throwing program

Elbow Rehabilitation Protocols

  • Nonoperative UCL reconstruction rehabilitation
  • Nonoperative UCL reconstruction rehabilitation – accelerated
  • UCL reconstruction using palmaris graft
  • UCL reconstruction using gracilis graft
  • UCL reconstruction – accelerated motion program
  • UCL reconstruction using the docking technique
  • Pre-operative UCL reconstruction program
  • LCL reconstruction
  • Ulnar nerve transposition
  • Loose body removal
  • Olecranon fracture ORIF
  • Nonoperative epicondylitis
  • General postoperative arthroscopic program
  • General nonoperative rehabilitation program
  • Radial tunnel release
  • Valgus extension overload decompression

Knee, Foot, and Ankle Rehabilitation Protocols

ACL Protocols

  • ACL reconstruction – accelerated patellar tendon autograft
  • ACL reconstruction – regular patellar tendon autograft
  • ACL reconstruction – contralateral patellar tendon
  • ACL reconstruction – hamstring autograft
  • ACL reconstruction – allograft tissue
  • Nonoperative ACL injury
  • Preoperative ACL reconstruction guidelines
  • ACL reconstruction with MCL repair
  • ACL reconstruction with meniscus repair
  • ACL and PCL combined reconstruction
  • ACL, MCL, LCL, posterior lateral corner reconstruction
  • ACL, PCL, LCL, posterior lateral corner and lateral hamstring reconstruction
  • ACL, LCL, posterior lateral corner, and medial capsular reconstruction

PCL Protocols

  • Nonoperative PCL injury
  • PCL reconstruction – double tunnel
  • PCL reconstruction – single tunnel
  • PCL and posterior lateral corner reconstruction
  • PCL and ACL combined reconstruction

Meniscus Protocols

  • Meniscus repair – peripheral tear
  • Meniscus repair – complex tear
  • Meniscus allograft transplant
  • Partial meniscectomy

Articular Cartilage Protocols

  • Microfracture (Steadman picking) – condyle and patellofemoral lesions
  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI – Genzyme) – condyle and patellofemoral lesions
  • Osteochondral autograft transplantation (OATS / mosaicplasty) – condyle and patellofemoral lesions

Osteoarthritis Rehabilitation Protocols

  • Nonoperative osteoarthritis
  • Preoperative total knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement – regular
  • Total knee replacement – active patient
  • Unicondylar knee replacement
  • High tibial osteotomy
  • Hyaluronic viscosupplementation injection

Patellofemoral Protocols

  • Distal realignment
  • Lateral retinacular release
  • Lateral retinacular release with medial plication
  • Proximal and distal realignment
  • Medial patellofemoral ligament repair
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Patellar tendon repair
  • Nonoperative patellofemoral rehabilitation
  • Plica resection
  • ORIF patella fracture

Other Knee Rehabilitation Protocols

  • Arthroscopic chondroplasty
  • Quadriceps tendon repair
  • Nonoperative hamstring strain
  • Nonoperative MCL injury

Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation Protocols

  • Achilles repair – accelerated
  • Achilles repair – conservative
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Lateral ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis

Interval Return to Sports Programs

  • Interval running programs – indoor, outdoor, agility
  • Interval hitting program
  • Interval golf program
  • Interval tennis program