WTH Happened To My Quads?  Arthrogenic Muscle Inhibition Explained

Quad atrophy following ACL injury is mind blowing.  It wasn’t until I experienced this personally with my own ACL injury, that I really could grasp this strange and frustrating phenomenon.  My quad index at 5 days post injury was 58%!  I am now 17 days post ACL rupture.  My quad is deflating daily, like a... Continue Reading →

MY ACL Graft Selection: it’s not at all like choosing socks

On my 40th birthday, I distinctly remember thinking: “If I blew out my ACL now, I’d have to have an allograft.” Those are the random and irrational thoughts that go through a physio’s head.  I know I’m not alone… admit it, if you are a 40+ physio, you are nodding your head in agreement. So... Continue Reading →

Guest Blog For PT Pintcast: 5 ways to reduce risk of ACL tears in soccer players

Over 200,000 ACL ruptures occur in the United States annually.  Women’s soccer has the highest ACL injury rate followed by American football.  While no injury is entirely preventable, there are 5 key things you can do to decrease risk of ACL injury in soccer players:   STRENGTH.  Spending time in the weight room is imperative.  A robust strengthening... Continue Reading →

Letting go of traditions in physical therapy

Every Christmas eve, my Sweden-born grandmother would prepare an authentic Scandinavian dinner, complete with a variety of meticulously made cookies that only a grandmother could bake.  It was a tradition that my entire family eagerly awaited each year.  Although I didn’t care for some of the items on the menu—pickled herring on rye cracker hors... Continue Reading →

Iliopsoas Syndrome: impingement, snapping & tendinopathy

Iliopsoas tendinopathy, iliopsoas bursitis, coxa saltans (“Internal Snapping Hip”) and iliopsoas impingement (IPI) are collectively described as iliopsoas syndrome because of the likelihood they coexist and the difficulty of discriminating one from another.  Iliopsoas syndrome is also very difficult to discern from femoroacetabular impingment (FAI) and acetabular labral tears (ALT), and is a frequent complication... Continue Reading →

Femoroacetabular Impingement: interpretation of radiographs for the physical therapist

Radiographs are used to diagnose femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in addition to clinical exam and history.  Three different views are generally used: AP Pelvis, Dunn Lateral, and False Profile.  Proper interpretation is essential as it is necessary for accurate diagnosis, treatment planning, and surgical decision-making.  Physical therapists do not typically have access to radiographs, let alone... Continue Reading →

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