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When squats don’t help you run again

January 28, 2021

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Scenario You start having some knee issues running. You take a break from running. Knee calms down. You start running again. Knee problem comes back. Take another break. Begin running again. Knee starts bothering you yet again. Stop running again. Knee feels better. You’re ready to start running again, but you know how it’s gone […]

TKEs aren’t that great for knees

June 8, 2020

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TKE = Terminal Knee Extension exercise. The most fundamental version of the exercise: Getting fancier: Adding some bro to it: More than once, this exercise has made its way around the interwebz as being the holy grail to solving knee pain. Namely by waking up the quadriceps, specifically the VMO (vastus medialis). I’ve covered the […]

Preparing for ACL surgery

November 25, 2019

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We’ve talked a lot about recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. We haven’t talked a ton about getting ready for it. I certainly wouldn’t say the prehab is as important as the rehab, but the better you go in, the better you come out. -> This is why all surgeries have worse success rates […]

Why can ACL surgery increase arthritis risk?

August 28, 2019

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Alright, so the title of this is a little misleading. After all, whether you get ACL surgery or not doesn’t impact your risk of arthritis. I wrote about this in depth in, –Reconstructive ACL surgery: Is it beneficial? Here’s a more recent study backing that up, –Does Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Improve Functional and Radiographic […]

Why the Triple Hop test isn’t always a good barometer for ACL rehabilitation

November 16, 2018

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The Triple Hop test is a popular tool in the ACL rehab world as an indicator for how well the surgically repaired leg matches up to the non. In theory it makes sense. If the surgically repaired leg can perform as well as the non in a jump test, you have a good indication rehab […]

How much time off work should you take after ACL surgery?

October 8, 2018

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I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve been emailed this question, so let’s add it to the ACL reconstruction writing of the site.   What you do for work probably doesn’t matter Most initial responses to this question are “it depends what your job is.” Eh. Kind of. I mean, of course, if you’re a […]

Reconstructive ACL surgery: Postop physical therapy day 1

July 20, 2018

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It took me about 8 hours after waking up from the surgery until I felt good enough to really start moving around. Below is how my first day looked. Note this is the day of surgery. None of that waiting a week to do anything crap. This is half-written for somebody looking for what to do […]

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 […]