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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 […]

The most important muscle after ACL surgery

December 4, 2017

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The quadriceps (while technically four muscles, for this post we’ll view them as one) get the most attention after reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament surgery. And the quads do need work. Within hours after waking up from anesthesia, you can see their activation diminish. However, this can be quickly remedied. Just a few minutes later: If […]

Be part of a knee pain study

October 16, 2017

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I received the below email from some knee recovery researchers who came across The biggest mistakes ACL patients make. The comments of that post has become a bit of a safe place for people to detail their ACL experience. Many read the post and previous comments and have a “Oh my god, yes! I’m not […]