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Open Kinetic Chain Exercises after ACL Reconstruction

Open Kinetic Chain Exercises after ACL Reconstruction – Science Says You Can Do It

March 20, 2019
Shannon Wiggins, Senior Sales Representative, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

There is heated discussion among medical professionals about whether or not to do open kinetic chain (OKC) exercises after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. A mountain of new information supports the safe use of open-kinetic chain (OKC) knee extensions after ACL reconstruction (ACLR). With science behind you, you can do it! >>

Why You Should Be Using Knee Extensions After ACL Reconstruction

Why You Should Be Using Knee Extensions After ACL Reconstruction

March 29, 2018
Dennis Treubig PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Many therapists and surgeons refuse to use resisted open-kinetic chain (OKC) knee extensions with patients who have undergone ACL reconstruction (ACLR) for fear of tearing the ACL/increasing laxity.  But when you look at the hordes of research on ACL reconstruction, you can absolutely safely and effectively use knee extensions with this patient population.  In fact, there are many people out there, myself included, who think that refusing to even consider them after ACL surgery is doing a disservice to your patient. >>

When Can I Return To Sport After ACL Surgery?

When Can I Return To Sport After ACL Surgery?

June 2, 2016
Mick Hughes, Physiotherapist and Exercise Psychologist, Melbourne Sports Medicine Center

This question is one that I get asked often by patients who are planning surgery after rupturing their ACL. Unfortunately for my patients, I don’t have an answer that makes them feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

My usual response is a long thoughtful sigh, followed by “How long is a piece of string?”. I also follow that up with the sobering statistic that 80% of ACL reconstruction (ACLR) patients return to some form of sport, 65% return to the same sporting level and only 55% return to sport at a competitive level within 1-2 YEARS post ACLR. >>

More Tenacious with Tyrann Mathieu

More Tenacious with Tyrann Mathieu

March 20, 2014
Darren Urban @

Tyrann Mathieu is free safety and cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals.  Drafted from Louisiana State University in 2011 where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. On December 8,2013  Mathieu tore both his ACL and LCL in a game against the St. Louis Rams. On December 10, he was placed on the injured reserve, officially ending his rookie season.

Continue reading the story and view the video on the Arizona Cardinals web site to see how Tyrann is using the Biodex Multi-Joint System to get back on the field. >>

Optimizing knee joint mobilization – back to normal ROM

Optimizing knee joint mobilization – back to normal ROM

February 19, 2014
Bill Galway, Business Development Manager, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

John Cavanaugh, PT/ATC, Senior Clinician at the Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, has been using dynamometers for about 30 years. After all this time, he still finds new ways to apply the device to solve clinical problems for his patients.

Using a Biodex System 4, Cavanaugh has found a way to combine the System’s Passive Mode with joint mobilizations to steer a complicated, stiff knee back to normal ranges of motion. He used this technique as part of his quest to get his patient back out on the basketball court. >>



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