Browsing All posts tagged under »anterior cruciate ligament«

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 […]

My experience watching a reconstructive ACL surgery (understanding why healthcare is expensive)

March 14, 2016

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I recently got to go into an operating room and watch a reconstructive ACL surgery, with a partial medial meniscectomy. I’ve had both of these procedures done to myself (here and here). One unexpected positive of me having this done to myself was being able to parlay that into getting into the same surgery group’s operating room. After […]

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. […]

Looking more in depth at Darrelle Revis’ ACL comeback (why so many NFL players don’t make it back)

August 14, 2015

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In a recent profile of Darrelle Revis in Sports Illustrated, Revis mentioned the difficulty he had coming back from his reconstructive ACL surgery. He was injured in September 2012, and didn’t start running again until May 2013.  -> I don’t know what they mean by running here. Straight line, light running typically takes place within a few months post-op. […]

Timing of ACL surgery- is waiting beneficial?

August 7, 2015

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This started as a comment exchange from my post on mistakes ACL patients make. “Hey Brian, I’m a few weeks from ACL reconstruction. Everyone’s told me the PT is the most important part of the recovery back to active sports (basketball for me), and I plan on following your manual and the physical therapist’s protocol […]

Why you shouldn’t bother with a non-orthopedist testing your ACL

April 10, 2015

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After I tore my anterior cruciate ligament, I fell on the ground and didn’t move for a few minutes. Eventually I walked off to the side of the field I was on, relaxed for maybe 30 minutes, then went to the bar with the guys I was playing flag football with. I didn’t feel great, but […]

Protected: The most important phase of ACL rehab (manual)

April 2, 2014

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