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My five year ACL surgery update

June 9, 2017

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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 […]

How I trained for the steepest day climb in America

May 22, 2017

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According to Wikipedia the Cactus to Clouds trail has the greatest elevation gain of any day hike in America. Nearly 11,000 feet in 18 miles. It’s been rated the fifth hardest day hike in America by Backpacker magazine. “Hard” is hard to measure, but never mind the 18 miles, in the first 10 miles you climb 8,000 feet; it’s been […]

Can’t bend your knee? Here’s what to do

March 8, 2017

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After any knee injury or surgery one of the most obvious changes is a lack of knee flexion. You have trouble bending your knee: Knee Flexion Besides pain and difficulty running / walking, this is often the most alarming change for people. To go from having ~120 degrees knee flexion (roughly heel to butt) to only […]

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March 8, 2017

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Is there about to be a revolution in ACL surgery?

April 6, 2016

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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 […]

Making straight leg raises more knee friendly after surgery

March 7, 2016

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Here is our typical Straight Leg Raise exercise: A common complaint after a knee surgery, like reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is this causes pain. A main reason for doing this exercise is the difference between these videos. Non-surgically repaired leg: Surgically repaired leg: – In other words, we’re trying to get that quadricep to come […]

Why is it so hard to straighten your knee after ACL surgery?

December 18, 2015

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Something ACL patients, really any knee surgery patient, struggles with the most is regaining full knee extension. Out of surgery, many lay their legs straight, and one knee looks like this, if not worse. Next thing you know they’re walking like this, We’re talking not only the ability to straighten your leg, but the ability to hyperextend your knee. […]