Pre-habing For ACL Or MCL Surgery
Today we actually have a real live patient to go over some techniques with. She was kind enough to tear her ACL and her MCL in a skiing accident. Now according to HIPAA, we’re not supposed to reveal this person, but we don’t like rules anyway, so we have April!
So, she has been coming in here every day working on pre-habing her knee prior to getting surgery. We’re not sure how soon they’re going to do surgery. A lot of times they don’t want to do surgery immediately because there’s still swelling in there, and we’re trying to get the range of motion back. So, April has a full ACL tear, she’s got a torn MCL, medial collateral ligament, so a ligament on the inside of the knee that is side to side stability. Both of these are torn. So they’re going to go in, they’re going to repair that, and then she’s going to have a long rehab road ahead of her, but she’s going to come out good.
So what we’re going to do is talk about some of the strategies we’ve been using for her prior to getting this surgery. She’s actually training for this surgery just like you would an athletic event. She wants to go in there with her range of motion max and she wants to go in there with her muscles stronger. Research has shown you come through these surgeries a lot better when you have trained for them. So if you’re out there with an ACL injury, you may want to consider some of the things we’re going to go over prior to having your surgery. If you have further questions, contact us today!
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