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Why laying on your stomach isn’t the best way to regain knee extension

April 30, 2018

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After a knee surgery, such as meniscus, ACL, or joint replacement, the number one initial priority is regaining knee extension range of motion. That is, the ability to straighten the knee. A common way to do this is lay on a table with the leg hanging off. The prone leg hang: This is not a […]

An example of what can be accomplished after meniscus surgery

April 18, 2016

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I recently started with someone who just had a partial meniscectomy knee surgery. She was feeling pretty down about things. To lift her spirits some I wanted to show her an example of what can still be accomplished after a surgery like this. I’ve profiled Mike before. He had a bucket handle meniscus tear which […]

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. […]

How weak calves can cause knee issues

November 16, 2015

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We’ll be using the following study, –Higher Knee Flexion Moment During the Second Half of the Stance Phase of Gait Is Associated With the Progression of Osteoarthritis of the Patellofemoral Joint on Magnetic Resonance Imaging What we’re looking at here is does excessively bending your knee while you walk increase the likelihood of having arthritis around […]

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September 3, 2015

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“Help! I can’t straighten my knee!”

September 3, 2015

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For years now, I’ve extolled the importance of working on knee extension 1) after knee injury 2) after knee surgery. This has been particularly emphasized in my reconstructive ACL and meniscus injury writing. I wrote a manual on the first month of ACL rehab, where I cover knee extension fairly thoroughly. However, not everyone who has trouble with this […]

Why you don’t want to wait to regain knee extension range of motion

September 3, 2015

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This is a precursor to my manual “Regaining Knee Extension.” You can pick a copy up here: Or find out more about it here. – This isn’t a completely understood topic. I’m going to illustrate one theory, but there are others out there. (If you feel you have a good one, let me know!) More than […]