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We have all done it. Watched our friend, teammate, or favorite player go down and grab their knee. Weโ€™ve wondered aloud if it is the vaunted ACL tear and if there is any additional damage to go along with it. The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament gets most of the attention and is often the slowest healing structure involved when returning a player to their sport. However, there are a variety of other structures that can be injured in the knee that will play a significant role in an athleteโ€™s recovery. These include the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), the medial and lateral menisci, as well as the cartilage that covers the bony surfaces of the knee joint. ACL and knee injuries in general often happen in combination and much research has been done into one particular combination of knee injuries called โ€œthe unhappy triadโ€. This article will examine the unhappy triad, its prevalence, mechanisms, and reasons for occurring as well as how it can affect recovery. We also will finish with unhappy triad knee rehab to give you insight on how you can recover from this injury properly if you have suffered one yourself!

Have you recently suffered a knee injury and are now asking yourself the question, "what exactly just happened?" Maybe you have been running for a couple of weeks and are beginning to experience some nagging pain around your knee, or you felt a sudden wince of pain when taking a step. Regardless of the specific knee problem you are currently trying to manage, we are here to show you not only how to assess your knee pain, but also how to take control of those knee issues. Whether you are new to the [P]Rehab community, or you have been with us for some time, one of our biggest core values is putting the ball in your court with high quality, educational content so you do not have to rely on anyone but yourself to maintain health and wellness!

It is 8:00 AM and you have four flights of stairs to walk down before you can get to your class or your job on time. You know you are going to have knee pain. โ€œBut I don't have any pain once I get down the stairs and walk across campus or walk into the office.โ€ We understand, many of us are in the same boat when it comes to knee pain with stairs. Don't worry, we are here to clear up why you may be experiencing this knee pain, and how you can combat knee pain with stairs on your own!ย 

The statistics we often hear about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) re-injury rates are pretty scary. While the statistics vary: anywhere from 30-50% of patients who go through ACL reconstruction will suffer a second injury to their ACL or meniscus within 5 years. This makes both prevention of initial ACL injuries as well as prevention of secondary injuries extremely important. This article will take a look at what you can do for ACL injury prevention!

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can feel overwhelming. One minute you are skiing with your family or jumping up to grab a rebound, and the next minute you are hearing the echoes of that classic โ€œpopโ€ and wondering how you will ever get back to the activities you love. Many people are forced to wait months, or even years, for ACL reconstruction surgery due to issues with access to quality healthcare. Others have surgery almost right away, without preparing their knee for surgery and long post-operative rehab afterward. In almost all cases, it is wise to take a month or two to prepare your knee for ACL reconstruction surgery. This article will take a look at the exercises prior to an ACL surgery that will put you in a position for the best possible outcome post-operation!

There is a problem with ACL Rehab. If you tore your ACL, were you told that surgery was your only option? Were you told that after having surgery to address a torn ACL your risk of re-tear is twice as high as the population at large? Were you told that returning to sport within a year after surgery significantly increases your risk of re-tear? Did a physical therapist ever explain to you the importance of regaining quad strength and using that to dictate your return to activities like running, jumping, and playing sports, rather than just time alone? Did anyone tell you that your chances of developing osteoarthritis increase substantially after an ACL tear, whether you have surgery or not? If your answer to any of the above questions was no, then the current system is doing you a disservice. This article will take a look at what is missing in our current model for ACL rehab programs and how technology can help you safely return to sport and protect the long term health of your knee.

Sure, Osgood-Schlatter disease is a hard name to say, but sometimes itโ€™s an even harder condition to know how to manage and treat effectively. Great news is, this condition is very treatable with physical therapy and many young athletes come back stronger and healthier following rehab for Osgood-Schlatter disease as a result. What's not to love about that! Letโ€™s dive into what exactly this diagnosis means, who it affects and why, and the best exercises for Osgood-Schlatter disease to keep you active and doing what you love!

Are you a runner trying to stay healthy so that you don't have to stop running? If you're looking for exercise solutions for a running injury and want to learn running injury prevention knowledge, you've come to the right place. We have simplified the literature investigating common running injuries to bring you not only our favorite but the most effective runner's prehab exercises. In this article, you will learn runner's prehab exercises that you should be doing as well as the knowledge that will protect you against common running injuries!

Stretching after a workout is very common in recovery programs. 'Tight' muscles that are not properly managed could lead to potential muscle imbalances, abnormal movement patterns and compensatory strategies, and even muscle spasms. The hamstrings are responsible for specific muscle actions in different body regions and contribute to many movements that we perform daily! They too can become 'tight' and as a result, can contribute to some of the issues we mentioned earlier. The positive is that there are many different ways to stretch your hamstrings, with individualized variations! However, as with any movement, there are many ways to do it! And some are much more advantageous than others! For starters, proper hamstring stretching does not mean that you should only be feeling a stretch in your foot! And if you are going to stretch your hamstrings, you must know why you are doing so! In this article, we will show you proper hamstring stretching, and how you can implement various techniques as part of your daily routine to keep you moving often and moving well!

Bone Stress Injuries (BSI) are not uncommon in avid runners, track and field athletes, and endurance athletes. As common as they may be, they are still very difficult to deal, hard to identify for the average person, and unfortunately can turn into full-blown bone stress fractures before being correctly identified and treated. In this article, we will discuss exactly what bone stress injuries and bone stress fractures are, what the risk factors are, and prehab strategies to get back to running after a bone stress fracture.