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How we helped Marijn with his ACL injury

Google Review from Marijn Braadbaart

Dr. Greg already did a fantastic job of helping me recover from two separate, serious injuries (torn ACL in the right knee and separated right shoulder). When I knew I would be moving away from St. Louis, I knew that I would miss the periodic follow-ups with Dr. Greg. So as soon as I knew I would be visiting St. Louis in August, I set up an appointment. This was six months after my last visit. The purpose of this appointment was two-fold (1) ensure injured areas were continuing to improve and not heading "off course". (2) address minor complaints as a result of increased activity levels.

I was not disappointed. Dr. Greg knew exactly what I was looking for, and efficiently and effectively addressed both items. His history with my injuries made him the right person to look at these items. Next time I am in the area, I will defiantly make another appointment. I am a big fan of independently (on my own) working on ways to continue my recovery. But sometimes questions come up, or you get stuck on a plateau. These period evaluations have been a great boost to my recovery and the confidence in my own ability to self-manage my recovery 

A note from Dr. Greg about ACL injuries:

The ACL is a sturdy ligament in the knee that stabilizes the knee's rotational movements. When this ligament is torn, the knee can be prone to giving way and buckling underneath the injured person. Most people who have heard of ACL injuries probably think that these injuries ALWAYS require knee surgery to recovery, but this is definitely not the case. Athletes and folks under the age of forty will likely need to have surgery to fully recover from an ACL tear, but there are quite a few people that don't need surgery to regain function. In fact, if the injured person is over forty and not an athlete, sometimes ACL surgery is NOT recommended. In those circumstances, physical therapy is the best option. 

With an ACL injury, knee stability can be seriously limited. However, through work in physical therapy, much of the stability can be regained by strengthening the lower leg and changing the way a person moves. Improving strength and minimizing stress on the knee are great ways to create different types of stability that do not depend so heavily on normal ACL function. For example, if a person is able to use their ankles and hips more effectively, they can reduce stress to the knees. So, if someone enjoys jogging as a form of exercise but has torn their ACL, it does not mean they will not be able to return to jogging. They just may need to work on gait mechanics in physical therapy first. Through gait training, an injured jogger can learn to change the stresses to the knee that would allow them to continue to jogging in a safe, healthy way. Through methods like these, I have helped quite a few patients recover from ACL injuries without surgery. 

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