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Why is it so hard to recover from an ACL injury?

March 12, 2018


It’s disconcerting how many ACL patients struggle to make it back to their previous activity level. Suffice to say, the majority don’t. Discussed more thoroughly in- Is ACL surgery beneficial? Is ACL surgery worth it? The biggest mistakes ACL patients make Understanding differences in return to play in different sports, after an ACL tear Note […]

Should you ice your knee after reconstructive ACL surgery?

July 19, 2017


Six years ago I wrote Should you ice an injury? Icing doesn’t do anything for the thing it’s most purported to help, swelling Icing can decrease pain That wasn’t new. Twelve years ago in, –Cryotherapy after ACL reconstruction: a meta-analysis The same results were found. No benefit for swelling, no benefit for range of motion, but can […]

My five year ACL surgery update

June 9, 2017


One of the topics this site is most known for is reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery and rehab. The most popular writing being, –The biggest mistakes ACL patients make A common question I’ve received is “How is your knee doing?” As I go over in the biggest mistakes post, one should be careful reading […]

Protected: ACL Prevention and Rehab: The Other 23 Hours

July 1, 2016

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An underappreciated aspect of ACL injury prevention and rehab

July 1, 2016


Working on jump landing, strength of the hamstrings, strength in general, squatting and not letting the knees come in, bosu balls, there is a lot out there on preventing ACL injuries and rehabbing from them. One thing rarely discussed is the other 23 hours of the day you’re not doing the above. Like how you […]

Is there about to be a revolution in ACL surgery?

April 6, 2016


I’m listening to some One Direction when my girlfriend comes over, “Have you seen this?” She shows me the following video: She found this while scrolling her Facebook newsfeed. 99% of what’s found on there is more hyperbolic than Mark Zuckerberg thinking he’s connecting everybody, when really we all just want to know if our ex […]

“Help! I can’t straighten my knee!”

September 3, 2015


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


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 […]