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Reconstructive ACL Surgery: Is it worth it?

July 6, 2018

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A lot of things in life are beneficial. Traveling for a year, a college education, working late on a Friday night. Whether or not something is beneficial is rarely the right question though. The right question is, is that thing worth it? There is a term from economics called opportunity cost. Opportunity cost accounts for […]

Reconstructive ACL surgery: Is it beneficial?

July 6, 2018

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We’ve seen some people tear their anterior cruciate ligament and are fine. They don’t need to reduce their activity level, they’re not in pain, they don’t get arthritis, etc. It’s as if they have no need for an ACL. These are the exceptions though. The outliers. By definition, most of us do not fit in […]

There isn’t much the body CAN’T regenerate

July 2, 2018

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There are three common areas people have either been told, or somehow started to believe, can’t regenerate. That once the area has been injured, or started to degrade, you can’t do anything about it. They are the, Brain Heart Cartilage Scientifically, this has also been the case. Many in science used to think certain structures […]

So you tore your ACL, is surgery your only option?

June 29, 2018

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So I tore my ACL. Yayyyy. For those of you who don’t know, the anterior cruciate ligament is in your knee. When you hear so and so blew their knee out, normally this involves tearing the ACL. The most common time you hear of torn ACLs are in NFL players. It’s an injury that has […]

What to do if you’re worried your ACL surgery just got screwed up

June 1, 2018

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One of the most common questions I get on this site and through email regarding reconstructive ACL surgery is something like this (actual email below), “I think I may have done something to my knee Day 11; maybe bending, too much flexing or limping in the house without crutches (no pain at the time). But […]

Why laying on your stomach isn’t the best way to regain knee extension

April 30, 2018

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After a knee surgery, such as meniscus, ACL, or joint replacement, the number one initial priority is regaining knee extension range of motion. That is, the ability to straighten the knee. A common way to do this is lay on a table with the leg hanging off. The prone leg hang: This is not a […]

Flexibility- when more is less

March 26, 2018

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When it comes to dealing with chronic issues flexibility is almost reflexively gone to as a solution. Knee pain, shoulder ailment, annoying hip, aching foot, irritated back. “Stretch!” But we never think this when it comes to acute issues…. Let’s work our way up the body with some of the most common acute injuries.   […]

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

March 16, 2018

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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 […]