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Browsing All posts tagged under »anterior cruciate ligament«

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: 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 […]

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 […]