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Physical Therapy or Surgery for a Meniscus Tear?

While recent research is showing similar results between physical therapy and surgery for a meniscus tear, there are still certain patients that would benefit from surgery. Not every patient, or meniscus tear, is the same. Here’s what we know about who will respond best from surgery, or physical therapy after a meniscus tear.

Measuring the Position and Mobility of the Patella

Measuring the Position and Mobility of the Patella

Measuring the position and mobility of the patella is still a very important component of my clinical examination of the knee.  It gives me a great sense of soft tissue restrictions that may be present when patellar hypomobility is noted.  This is especially common after knee surgery.  But measuring patella mobility is also important to assess generalized laxity when patellar hypermobility is observed.

The first time you feel either of these during your clinical exam, you’ll know what I mean.

But if you read through the literature, you may find conflicting results regarding the validity and reliability of assessing patella position and mobility.

Here’s a simple special test to accurately and reliably measure patella position and mobility during your knee clinical examination.

Return to Play Testing After ACL Reconstruction

Are we returning athletes back to sport too fast after ACL reconstruction? In this article, Lenny Macrina takes a look at the literature to see what the re-injury rates look like after surgery, and how we could potentially do a better job with late stages of rehab and criteria to return to sport.

What is the Best Graft Choice for ACL Reconstruction?

What is the Best Graft Choice for ACL Reconstruction?

There are several graft choices for ACL reconstruction, all with different pros and cons that must be considered. Not everyone should use the same graft. Today’s post discusses the different options.

5 Ways to Reduce ACL Injuries

5 Ways to Decrease the Risk for an ACL Injury

Injuries to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) are some of the most common injuries in the active population. Luckily, as we continue to learn more about the mechanism of injury, we have developed some strategies to reduce your chance of ACL injuries. Here are 5 things to focus on when designing programs to reduce ACL injuries.

Meniscus Repair Rehabilitation: Why Are We Still Stuck in the 90’s?

Recent research supports the use of early weightbearing and range of motion after meniscus repair surgery. However, outdated rehabilitation protocols often recommend limiting both despite evidence stating the opposite.

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Knee Seminar Bloopers!

Not only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s also the last weekend to take advantage of our awesome introductory offer to save $150 on my new program at OnlineKneeSeminar.com teaching you exactly how I evaluate and treat the knee. The program is on sale until the end of the day this Sunday May 15th.

It’s not as easy as everyone thinks to film these programs so Lenny Macrina and I wanted to share some quick bloopers from the filming!

Happy Friday the 13th!

restoring knee extension

The Best and Easiest Way to Restore Knee Extension

One of the most common complications following a knee injury or surgery is not restoring full knee extension. Losing knee extension causes a lot of issues, ranging from anterior knee pain, to altered movement patterns, to even difficulty when walking.

It’s super important to assure you restore full knee extension.

In this video below, Lenny Macrina, my co-owner of Champion and co-author of OnlineKneeSeminar.com [link], shares what he considers the best way to restore full knee extension. Luckily, it’s not only the best in our minds, but also the easiest to perform! More importantly, he discusses why he doesn’t like one of the most common exercises that people tend to use.