The efficacy of continuous passive motion after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A systematic review

T Smith and L Davies

The use of continuous passive motion (CPM) following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is controversial.  This review aimed to assess the evidence currently available.  A comprehensive search was performed and the methodology of literature was assessed using the PEDro scoring sytem.  Eight papers including 505 ACLRs were reviewed.  The findings of the review suggested that it was unclear whether CPM was of any benefit to ACLR patients.  The authors highlighted numerous methodological flaws within the evidence base.  In the absence of strong evidence, the continued use of CPM was not supported by the authors.  The authors recommedned further investigation into the role of CPM post ACLR.

Physical Therapy in Sport, 2007, 8(3), 141-152

Link to abstract

Link to article