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Posts in The Knee
Beginners' Guide to ACL Injuries: Bridging the Gap

If you went to physical therapy after surgery (which is what should have happened), what were you able to do when you were discharged? What did your physical therapist consider as reasons for you to be discharged? Did running out of insurance visits play a role in the end of PT for you?

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Beginners' Guide to ACL Injuries: Phases of Healing and Rehab

Let’s say you or someone you know has torn the ACL. From reading “How Gender and Contact Influence Injury”, you may even understand why the injury happened. Then there was a surgical reconstruction to give you, or that someone you know, a new ACL. From reading “Surgical Interventions”, you may even have a better understand of what procedure was done. So after all this, what do you do next? And how long is it going to take?

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Beginners' Guide to ACL Injuries: Surgical Interventions

Contrary to popular belief, ACL injury does not require surgical intervention. There are plenty of individuals who are living life and running several miles daily without an ACL because of their rehabilitation and physical therapy efforts. However, the ACL’s purpose is to prevent too much movement, and is important for the high intensities required by sport participation. It is much safer to have an ACL than to not have one when it comes to competitive athletics.

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Beginners' Guide To ACL Injuries: How Gender and Contact Influence Injury

When injuring the ACL there are two major categories the injury falls into: contact or non-contact. These may sound completely obvious to you, but we are going to describe them anyways. In a “contact” scenario, an athlete has a collision with another athlete that forces the lower leg into an unnatural position and this causes the bones to move past the limits the ligament allows. Think of a collision during football. The receiver plants his foot to catch the ball as the defensive lineman collides with him shoving him in the opposite direction. The foot remains planted, but the upper leg keeps moving, causing the injury to the ligament.

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Beginners' Guide To ACL Injuries: The Big Bad Wolf

This is it. The big bad wolf of injuries: the ACL. We wish this was going to be simple, but unfortunately, there are a mess of factors involved in ACL injuries. So we are going to do our best to give you relevant information that helps you see as much of the big picture as possible. This week we will start with explaining what the ACL is, what the ACL does, and what can cause ACL injuries (general explanation).

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"I Wear A Brace, But It Still Hurts" Part 2: The Knee

At RTP Elite, we love the knee! Without them, we would all walk like penguins. In athletic humans, the knee is the second most commonly injured part of the body. Most people who have knee pain will turn to a brace to help reduce the pain and keep them in the game.

There are many people who have knee pain just below the knee cap (patella), have had a knee cap dislocation, or have been told their knee cap does not track properly; these are all reasons people will choose to wear a brace. The most common braces worn by athletes are a patella strap, a patella/knee support brace, or a compression sleeve.

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