The injury bug was at it again this week. Cleveland, Green Bay, Miami, New England, San Francisco, Washington, and both New York teams were hit the hardest as they saw three or more of their players fall to injury. Week 6 by the numbers:
With another NFL week gone, every team’s rehab personnel of physicians, physios, and athletic therapists have a few more injuries to diagnose and treat leading up to the next game. Week 5 by the numbers:
The new goal set by her surgeon was 115°. How close is Olivia today?
Flexion = 112°
After her biking and going through her exercise program, her post-activity range measured out to 117°. Bow-chicka-wow-wow! That goes to show that you really get things loosening up and blood circulating with some exercise. Now dubbed the lunge pro (aka “the LP”), Olivia is rocking out her squats, lunges, and monster walks to restore that gorgeous pre-injury beach bod!
Oh yeah. You read that title right. Now, it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Let’s all take a moment to remember Bill Gramatica, a field goal kicker that is regrettably famous for injuring his knee after celebrating a successful field goal attempt. Sorry for bringing this up again, Bill!
The nerd inside of me thinks about all of the injuries and hours spent at rehab as I sit on my couch watching the Super Bowl rematch on this glorious Sunday (go Seahawks!). Even the commentators of this morning’s game between the Redskins and Eagles recognized that the medical staff for both teams will have their work cut out for them. Combined, he Redskins and Eagles had 10 players go down with injury, of which 4 returned. And that doesn’t include Eagles’ quarterback, Nick Foles (the guy who gets mashed below), who was clearly in distress after getting hit a few times.
Another week of hard work and physio later, Olivia’s knee now measures:
Flexion = 101°
Can I get a “what what” for this lady! Olivia is now just a little bit closer to that ultimate goal of full flexion. I have to give her credit for not complaining when we make an exercise a bit tougher. Bike, exercise, sweat, repeat!
Let’s get back to Brad!
Now that we have determined that Brad is dealing with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), we can start creating a treatment plan. It’s important for us, as physiotherapists, to explain what the different treatment approaches are and why they are effective. There are many tools in a physio’s toolbox that can be used to “fix” a problem. We don’t always use all our tools because certain methods have a greater impact than others depending on the type of injury we are dealing with.
Can I get a drum roll for Olivia’s most recent range of motion update?!
Flexion = 94°
Slow and steady wins the race! It’s pretty impressive to see these consistent improvements in Olivia’s range of motion. Her next visit with her orthopedic surgeon isn’t for another couple weeks but she’s already surpassed the goals that were set for her! Full range is 140° so we’ve “got a little bit longer” but this knee is going to be golden!
This is a great picture. I say that because I didn’t screw up this week and measure Olivia’s knee backwards, hah! As you can see, her latest measurement is…
Flexion = 85°
Boomshakalaka! As these numbers improve, so does Olivia’s strength and, more importantly, function! She no longer needs to use her crutch to help her walk. She’s able to tackle tougher exercises. Guys, she will be doing dunks and shattering backboards in no time!
Today, I want to introduce to you a new feature called Follow-Up Friday! I recently chatted with one of my patients about doing a weekly update on her progress at physio. Without me having to beg or grovel, she willingly agreed to be part of our learning experience! A round of applause please!
In a nutshell, physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries!In order to prevent you from falling asleep in bed and potentially hurting yourself as you drop your iPad on your face, I am going to split this post into a few segments. There is a lot behind physio and how it works. The last thing I want to do is lull you into a coma with a massive monologue.