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The Assessment of Postural Control and the Influence of a Secondary Task in People with ACL Reconstructed Knees

Exercise progression is key for proper technique. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine used a Wii balance board to assess postural control on post-ACL reconstruction patients and healthy controls. The results showed that although the ACL group had more difficulty when performing a single-leg balance on the Wii board in comparison to the healthy control group (expected), both groups had equal difficulty balancing on both legs when incorporating a secondary movement using the opposite arm.

Read the study at: http://1.usa.gov/WfUrwS

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  1. February 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    c03Hi All, As someone who read alomst every word on this blog pre-surgery. I felt it was only fair for me to return post surgery and share. First a bit of history my dad suffered a bad skiing accident in his late 20 s and had to have a couple of knee surgeries. One of them I believe to have been an ACL reconstruction using the patella tendon. He has had serious knee issues for the past ten years. And has developed arthritis in both knees (maybe related, maybe not). My brother tore his ACL two years ago and ever since he goes upstairs at night with two ice packs. He has also gone in for surgery two more times to fix things up . To be fair he spends a considerable amount of time working out, balling and snowboarding. He had chosen the cadaver.I tore my ACL playing basketball. First time playing in a long time. Played for three hours. Coming down from a rebound. Knee on knee. Ouch. Twisted. Went to Hospital. Sent me home Nothing Wrong . Went for MRI, ruptured my ACL, tore my meniscus and bruised the bone. Went to three Doc’s. First one refused to use, as he did my brothers procedure. Second one just didn’t like mainly because when I asked him about other procedures aside from the patella he didn’t seem knowledgeable enough. ( Not that I really know enough about it to decide, but an unwillingness to talk about it for more than 30 seconds sent up some red flags).Went to see Dr. Howard Levy from Manhattan Orthopedics who explained to me the different options clearly. I really liked him and his staff. Extremely professional. My Uncle had used him and recommended him highly. My uncle had the Hamstring done and it must be at least 10 years later and he is still really happy with his choice. Because of my dad’s arthritic problems and while researching the issue, my brother had to go in for another procedure where they found some arthritis. I hoped to do whatever I could to avoid that fate. Although it may be inevitable. So I decided to go with the hamstring, since it has a smaller chance of arthritis than the patella ( no matter how minute that may be). Sorry for the choppy writing there. Had surgery. Every detail was taken care of before the procedure by Dr. Levy’s staff. The CPM machine came before surgery etc. etc.So far the most painful part of the procedure was when the anesthesiologist put in the IV. I kid you not. The hamstring pulled once or twice. The entire process was less painful than a visit to the dentist. My family keeps asking me how are you? And my response is there is zero pain there is no need to ask. Office called twice if I needed anything.It is only four days after surgery and I am still in a brace and on crutches. Stopped taking prescribed meds and am on Tylenol. I suspect I may not need either, but dont want to push it. It is to early to tell for sure but so far Aces to Dr. Levy and his staff and the Hamstring. Thank you : )

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