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Browsing All posts tagged under »anterior cruciate ligament«

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 […]

Flexibility- when more is less

March 26, 2018

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When it comes to dealing with chronic issues flexibility is almost reflexively gone to as a solution. Knee pain, shoulder ailment, annoying hip, aching foot, irritated back. “Stretch!” But we never think this when it comes to acute issues…. Let’s work our way up the body with some of the most common acute injuries.   […]

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

March 12, 2018

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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 […]

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 […]

Dealing with weird sensations after ACL surgery

September 27, 2017

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The weird feelings you may experience I’m going to describe sensations I, and people I’ve worked with, have had. I’m going to use my personal experience more though. I feel that will better resonate. We’ll go through it as a timeline. From immediately post-op, to five plus years later. – Feeling the new ACL graft […]

Should you ice your knee after reconstructive ACL surgery?

July 19, 2017

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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

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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 […]

Understanding differences in return to play in different sports, after an ACL tear

October 19, 2016

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In NFL players, 63% got back on the field after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction For wide receivers and running backs, for those who return performance is decreased by a third (getting back on the field is not the same as returning to the same level of play) In NHL players, Those who tear their ACL play an average 2.8 […]