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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 […]

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 […]