Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Month 3

Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Month 3

Three months in and I’m feeling better than I have since the injury itself back in March. While the graft is technically at it’s weakest point, I’m feeling much better. And, I now understand how some start to lay off PT and/or rush back into sport too quickly.

Things change…

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Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 8

Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 8

A big milestone came this week! Two months. Feels pretty good to be here and I’m thankful for feeling generally better all around at this point in the recovery process.

As I’ve mentioned before, not a lot changes quickly at this point. Daily routines have settled into (new) PT exercises…

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ACL Rehab Cycling Program

ACL Rehab Cycling Program

It’s been said time and time again that cycling is one of the best physical therapies one can do after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery. So why not have a program that sets goals and facilitates incremental wins?

Thankfully for me—despite this decidedly uncool situation—cycling was already a large part of…

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Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 6

Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 6

Weeks 4-6 didn’t come with big changes as the earlier weeks did, which is why I’m starting to space updates out by two weeks. Over the last couple weeks, stiffness/swelling has come down a bit and walking is starting to feel more natural.

In my case I’ve noticed that the…

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Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 4

Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 4

It’s been one month since the surgery! If you are also at this point, doesn’t it feel good? Light years away from that first week, huh? I’m even able to confidently take a shower now…

If you listened to the Week 3 podcast, the start of this week began…

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Torn ACL Recovery – Guide to Supplements

Torn ACL Recovery – Guide to Supplements

After receiving the news that I tore my ACL and a full reconstruction was ahead, I started diving into supplements and recovery assistance. What supplements help in recovering from ACL surgery?

Being an athlete all my life—basketball, crossfit, cycling—I’ve always relied on supplementation of some kind, but never for surgery…

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Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 3

Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 3

The third week felt much like the second week, but at the same time new things started happening. My flexion was getting a lot better (I pushed the PT exercises) and I began walking with one crutch, albeit rather pathetically at first! But it’s a step forward and by the…

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Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 2

Torn ACL Recovery Podcast – Week 2

The second week of recovery contained a few silver linings—exercises becoming a little easier and laying around without the locking brace on 24/7—but it also came with the continued frustration of (read: harsh) shin pain when standing.

I started applying Arnica gel to the tibia 2-4x daily,…

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Torn ACL – Now What?

Well, shit. I tore my ACL.

My injury recap falls into a few phases: an initial buckle/hyperextension, a feeling of dislocating my patella (knee cap), and immediate white hot pain. I was on the ground for a couple minutes before limping off for ice.

It was during a basketball game,…

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