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My experience watching a reconstructive ACL surgery (understanding why healthcare is expensive)

March 14, 2016

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I recently got to go into an operating room and watch a reconstructive ACL surgery, with a partial medial meniscectomy. I’ve had both of these procedures done to myself (here and here). One unexpected positive of me having this done to myself was being able to parlay that into getting into the same surgery group’s operating room. After […]

Making straight leg raises more knee friendly after surgery

March 7, 2016

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Here is our typical Straight Leg Raise exercise: A common complaint after a knee surgery, like reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is this causes pain. A main reason for doing this exercise is the difference between these videos. Non-surgically repaired leg: Surgically repaired leg: – In other words, we’re trying to get that quadricep to come […]

Why is it so hard to straighten your knee after ACL surgery?

December 18, 2015

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Something ACL patients, really any knee surgery patient, struggles with the most is regaining full knee extension. Out of surgery, many lay their legs straight, and one knee looks like this, if not worse. Next thing you know they’re walking like this, We’re talking not only the ability to straighten your leg, but the ability to hyperextend your knee. […]

Meniscus wedge angles- a genetic component to knee injuries? (why some knees are only built for some sports)

September 14, 2015

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I’m cruising around the American Journal of Sports Medicine one day and I come across this paper: –Combined anatomic factors predicting risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury for males and females. Because the AJSM always requires you to pay to read their stuff, to the tune of $36 for this one article, I read the […]

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September 3, 2015

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“Help! I can’t straighten my knee!”

September 3, 2015

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For years now, I’ve extolled the importance of working on knee extension 1) after knee injury 2) after knee surgery. This has been particularly emphasized in my reconstructive ACL and meniscus injury writing. I wrote a manual on the first month of ACL rehab, where I cover knee extension fairly thoroughly. However, not everyone who has trouble with this […]

Why you don’t want to wait to regain knee extension range of motion

September 3, 2015

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This is a precursor to my manual “Regaining Knee Extension.” You can pick a copy up here: Or find out more about it here. – This isn’t a completely understood topic. I’m going to illustrate one theory, but there are others out there. (If you feel you have a good one, let me know!) More than […]