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Table 2 Main findings of accelerated and restricted rehabilitations protocols described in literature

From: Rehabilitation and return to sports after isolated meniscal repairs: a new evidence-based protocol

Manuscript No of patients WB limitations ROM limitations Failure rate and follow-up Level of evidence
Choi et al. [28] 14 Toe-touch WB for 6 weeks, followed by a gradual increase of weight- bearing over the following 4 weeks ROM exercises were allowed from 0° to 90° of flexion for 6 weeks Failure rate 7%
Follow-up 36 months
Case series: Level of evidence 4
Haklar et al. [29] 5 No WB 6–8 weeks ROM 0°-120° Failure rate 0%
Follow-up 31 months
Non-randomised cohort: Level of evidence 3
Kocabey et al. [27] 52 Immediate WB as tolerated ROM 0°-125° Failure rate 4%
Follow-up 10 months
Retrospective case series: Level of evidence 4
Lind et al. [21] 60 (32 accelerated protocol, 28 restricted protocol) Accelerated protocol: 2 weeks toe-touch WB
Restricted protocol: 6 weeks toe-touch WB
Accelerated protocol: ROM 0° − 90°, without brace, then return to normal activities
Restricted protocol: 6 weeks with locked brace, gradual increase ROM to 90°
Failure rate 28% (accelerated) 36% (restricted)
Follow-up 24 months
Randomised controlled clinical trial: Level of evidence 1
Logan et al. [31] 42 Protected WB for 6 weeks ROM 0°-120° for 6 weeks Failure rate 24%
Follow-up 102 months
Case series: Level of evidence 4
Mariani et al. [11] 22 Immediate WB as tolerated Immobilisation with brace locked in full extension for 1 month, passive ROM 0° − 90° for 2 weeks, than gradual increase Failure rate 9%
Follow-up 28 months
Non-randomised cohort study: Level of evidence 3
Noyes et al. [30] 29 Partial WB for 4 or 6 weeks ROM 0°- 135° for 6 weeks Failure rate 25%
Follow-up 51 months
Non-randomised cohort study: Level of evidence 3
  1. WB Weightbearing, ROM Range of motion