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Browsing All posts tagged under »acl reconstruction«

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 […]

Reconstructive ACL surgery: Which graft should you use?

July 13, 2018

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A quick primer on what ACL surgery is: Once the ACL is torn it does not repair itself. Thus, a graft is used to form a new ligament. This graft is put in place where the ACL should be. If you decide to have ACL surgery, one of the next steps is to decide which […]

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 […]

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 […]