Testimonial for Minnesota Trainer Mike T Nelson :Knee Pain and Post ACL Recovery
Mike T Nelson here again. I’ve injured more things on my body than I care to recount. Everything from a busted up right ankle (snowboarding), completely tore up right shoulder (broomball), separated left shoulder (mountain biking), pulled hip flexors/groins (deadlifts and being dumb in the gym), sprained wrists multiple times (snowboarding, windsurfing), and other sprains, strains, etc. Being injured sucks large moose balls.
Other thins I learned that suck about being injured include
- having other drive your lame butt around since your right ankle is in a cast sucks
- crutches suck, period
- crawling up the stairs in your house sucks
- buying a backpack to move things around in your own home since you are on crutches sucks
- not being able to roll over in bed at night without waking up in pain sucks
- pedaling your bike 150+ miles over 2 days with 2 pulled hip flexors and groin stupid and suck
The good thing is that I have learned a ton from each incident, but it was painful and I don’t recommend that path to you!
One of the most important things I learned is that when you injury something, do everything possible to get it back to 100%.
Not 95%, not 90%, 100%
If you don’t, the odds are you will not being the sports you love to play and may injury yourself somewhere else.
ACLs, Knee Pain and Repairs
If you have had an ACL replace and completed physical therapy, odds are you are at about 70-90%.
I am not trying to piss off all my physical therapy friends, but the reality is that most of the time your rehab is dictated by your insurance.
I busted up my ankle really good from a snowboarding incident about 5 years ago and getting back the last 10-5% of function is a bugger. Knowing what I know now, I would be able to do it in much much less time.
You need to get back to 100% to reduce your risk of injury, especially to another part of your body as it works to compensate around your knee that you don’t quite trust 100% yet.
Your body knows what is going on, so you need to get it up to par as soon as possible post therapy.
Below is a recent testimonial from an athlete that had an ACL replaced.
Testimonial for Minnesota Trainer Mike T Nelson : Knee Pain and Post ACL Recovery
I have had surgery on both of my knees over the past 18 months. The right knee required surgery to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament and the left knee required surgery to address some bone spurs and to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
I had the benefit of the greatest physicians I could ever imagine and very knowledgeable and caring physical therapists.
I will also pat myself on the back and say I was probably one of the most compliant patients these physicians and therapists ever saw in that I diligently followed their instruction at every step with the right attitude.
Nonetheless, after the trauma of injury and surgery, I could tell that I was not recruiting all of my muscles in not only exercising but in daily life. My therapists did recognize this but continued to have me do exercises that they thought would get things “firing” but still did not work despite my best attempts.
I contacted Mike and we set up a session. I would categorize myself as being cautious about what I read prior to our first session. I wouldn’t say I was skeptical but how much could Mike do that my therapists couldn’t?
He immediately identified some things such as glute recruitment and over tensing my arms and body in the belief I was exerting myself but I should relax and recruit the necessary muscles to complete the activity and not everything else. He recognized I was limiting range of motion in an attempt to protect, in particular, my left knee. He also recognized that I was wearing highly supportive and restrictive training and running shoes and this resulted in a complete lack of foot and ankle control and, particularly, my left foot was slapping around instead of moving in a coordinated, supported, and refined manner.
Finally, I had bizarre back of the left knee tightness that actually hampered me quite a bit. It probably wasn’t actually in the knee but was probably in the hamstring due to overuse of the hamstring and inadequate use of the quadriceps and other stabilizers.
So, here I am only 4 sessions in.
The exercises Mike has had me do have improved my gait and my exercise routine.
I have much more range of motion and functionality. I have much better foot control and stabilization and feel more natural and fluid when I walk. The tightness in the back of my left knee is completely gone.
I have new shoes for working out and daily life and I never thought I would have bought into this “minimalist” shoe philosophy but it flat out works.
Mike has helped me out greatly and I look forward to continuing to work with him!
Engineer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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