Patients can sometimes be fearful that their wound may open post surgery so its nice to be aware of the skilled work that goes in stitching multiple layers prior to gluing the superficial layer. Patients find it very reassuring to hear and it can give them the confidence they need to push their range post op.
Here are some simple techniques using a towel to facilitate neck mobility that patients can carry out at home
Research points to general lower limb strength and conditioning to reduce injury risk and improve performance. Here are some nice progressions starting with double leg squats them progressing through split and single leg variations with load.
Dynamic valgus is often cited as a risk factor for ACL injury and this appears to be true for some groups but not all.....
There is no general consensus on which exercises we should use for rotator cuff pain. Here is a nice loading progression which can be used pre and post operatively to increase load tolerance through the cuff
This fantastic prevention programme not only reduces ACL injury risk but also all lower limb injuries and also improves performance. We have speeded it up so one of our tutors doesn't feel embarrassed by his lack of speed
Here is a simple MET you can use as a treatment techniques to increase neck mobility and you can also teach a patient to carry out themselves.
With Gyms reopening and some relatively quiet here are some great mid to late stage equipment based exercises to try with your patients
Some great research is going on in the field of tendinopathies at the moment with graded loading being hailed as the an essential part of management process. This can be done with minimal equipment as demonstrated in the video below. You can substitute the barbell with a weighted rucksack to ensure adequate late stage loading.
Post ACL injury/reconstruction research has shown alterations in muscle activation and knee mechanics. Early post op we find patients bias weight bearing through the contralateral limb and as time passes weight bearing becomes more symmetrical but hip musculature is relied upon over the quads. Check out this video outlining these movement patterns and strategies to improve quads recruitment.