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My visit to the Washington University in St. Louis Physical Therapy Program

March 16, 2018


This turned into a behemoth of a post. I started writing this on the plane ride home and well, the cute girl next to me could only distract me so much. Next thing I know I had 15 pages. (Remember in college how you had trouble writing 10 pages, double spaced? Weird.) There is a […]

Why is it so hard to recover from an ACL injury?

March 12, 2018


It’s disconcerting how many ACL patients struggle to make it back to their previous activity level. Suffice to say, the majority don’t. Discussed more thoroughly in- Is ACL surgery beneficial? Is ACL surgery worth it? The biggest mistakes ACL patients make Understanding differences in return to play in different sports, after an ACL tear Note […]

The most important muscle after ACL surgery

December 4, 2017


The quadriceps (while technically four muscles, for this post we’ll view them as one) get the most attention after reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament surgery. And the quads do need work. Within hours after waking up from anesthesia, you can see their activation diminish. However, this can be quickly remedied. Just a few minutes later: If […]

Be part of a knee pain study

October 16, 2017


I received the below email from some knee recovery researchers who came across The biggest mistakes ACL patients make. The comments of that post has become a bit of a safe place for people to detail their ACL experience. Many read the post and previous comments and have a “Oh my god, yes! I’m not […]

Dealing with weird sensations after ACL surgery

September 27, 2017


The weird feelings you may experience I’m going to describe sensations I, and people I’ve worked with, have had. I’m going to use my personal experience more though. I feel that will better resonate. We’ll go through it as a timeline. From immediately post-op, to five plus years later. – Feeling the new ACL graft […]

Should you ice your knee after reconstructive ACL surgery?

July 19, 2017


Six years ago I wrote Should you ice an injury? Icing doesn’t do anything for the thing it’s most purported to help, swelling Icing can decrease pain That wasn’t new. Twelve years ago in, –Cryotherapy after ACL reconstruction: a meta-analysis The same results were found. No benefit for swelling, no benefit for range of motion, but can […]

My five year ACL surgery update

June 9, 2017


One of the topics this site is most known for is reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery and rehab. The most popular writing being, –The biggest mistakes ACL patients make A common question I’ve received is “How is your knee doing?” As I go over in the biggest mistakes post, one should be careful reading […]

How I trained for the steepest day climb in America

May 22, 2017


According to Wikipedia the Cactus to Clouds trail has the greatest elevation gain of any day hike in America. Nearly 11,000 feet in 18 miles. It’s been rated the fifth hardest day hike in America by Backpacker magazine. “Hard” is hard to measure, but never mind the 18 miles, in the first 10 miles you climb 8,000 feet; it’s been […]