ACL

Rebekah Letlow – Getting Stronger!

Rebekah Letlow - Getting Stronger with Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana #EncoreRehab

A friend recommended Rebekah Letlow visit Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana for rehab following her ACL & Meniscus repair. Rebekah says, “Physical Therapy at Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana has helped me to regain my strength in my leg and make me feel better about myself. I feel a lot stronger now than before I started. I would recommend Encore because the staff is friendly and helpful.

Thanks, Rebekah, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana to be your rehab provider!

Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana
101 West College Street, Suite 100
Columbiana, Alabama 35051
205-671-0914
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Marrene Wilson – Success with Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana

Lee Morton – I can finally get pain relief!

Physical Therapy instead of surgery

Tae’yona Glanton – Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

Tae'yona Glanton-Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula with Clinical Director Brandon Addison, DPT

Congratulations to Tae’yona Glanton, Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula!

After having surgery for a torn ACL, Tae needed rehab. She chose Encore Rehab because she had heard good things about the clinic. Now she is all smiles and moving again!

Clinical Director Brandon Addison, PT, remarked, “Tae always worked hard in rehab, even when she had to jog outside in 100+ degree heat! And she did it with a smile! Way to go, Tae!”

All your effort has now paid off, Tae! We hope your enjoy the rest of your summer!

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula
825 West Washington Street
Eufaula, Alabama 36027
334-355-6009
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After knee surgery, Misty Tucker is feeling better!

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“I had surgery on my left knee. I had two screws and a pin put in a device to keep the knee from popping out-of-place,” relates Misty Tucker. After eight weeks of physical therapy with Encore Rehabilitation – Vernon, she is doing much better. “The friendly staff helped me with the stiffness in my leg. The staff take the time to get you where you need to be after surgery.”

Thank you, Misty! Happy National Physical  Therapy Month!

“I have been absolutely pleased,” David Therrien celebrates National Physical Therapy Month with Encore Rehabilitation

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“I had surgery due to a full ACL tear, partial MCL tear, and tearing of both sides of the meniscus,” says David Therrien of Long Beach, Mississippi.  David has been coming to Encore Rehabilitation – Long Beach for physical therapy for 7 weeks.  “Workmen’s Comp selected Encore Rehabilitation for me, but I have been absolutely pleased with the whole process.” 

We wish you continued improvement and good health, David! Happy National Physical Therapy Month from Encore Rehabilitation – Long Beach staff: Karen, Daniel, Alicia, Elaine, and Jenny!

Fairhope Encore Athlete of the Month, Jaylen Mass.

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Jaylen Mass

Congratulations to the Fairhope Encore Athlete of the Month, Jaylen Mass! Jaylen is a Junior athlete at Fairhope High School in Alabama. He is a Wide Receiver on the Pirates Varsity Football team and wears jersey #16. Jaylen has been on of our patients for 2 months now and has been receiving physical therapy after having ACL reconstruction surgery. He has been quickly recovering and will be back on the football field in no time. We’re proud of you Jaylen! Keep up the good work!

Cullman Encore Athlete of the Month, Tyler Rice.

Congratulations to the Cullman Encore Athlete of the Month, Tyler Rice! Tyler is a Senior, multi-sport athlete at Cold Springs High School in Bremen, AL. He has played Baseball for 6 years, Basketball for 4 years, and Football for 2 years. You’ll find him wearing jersey numbers 17 and 11. Tyler came to us after he tore his right and left ACL in a spring game last year. He wasn’t able to play any football this past season; however, for his Football senior night game, they let him dress out and play for one snap. Then last  December, he got cleared to play baseball.

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His hard work has payed off and he has quite a few sports awards, including the Baseball All-County award for the past 3 years and the All-Area award, Basketball Area Championship for the past 3 years and the County Championship awards, as well as the Football All-County award. After Tyler graduates, he plans to attend Wallace State for 2 years and then transfer to UAB to become a nurse practitioner. We’re proud of you Tyler!

Monroeville Encore Athlete of the Month, Shawn White.

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Congratulations to the Monroeville Clinic Athlete of the Month, Shawn White! Shawn is a senior and multi-sport athlete from Excel High School. He has played varsity football, basketball, and baseball for the Panthers for 4 years. Shawn has won the All County Football award and the Cy Young baseball award for best pitcher.

Shawn has been visiting us for therapy from his ACL reconstruction. Below is a video of Shawn using the Biodex Isokinetic Machine. He will be back in the game in no time! Keep up the good work, Shawn!

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Mobile-Midtown Clinic Athlete of the Month, Terry Wiggins

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The Mobile-Midtown Clinic has chosen Terry Wiggins for their Athlete of the Month. He is a junior at Davidson High School and is an Offensive Lineman on the Varsity football team. He also throws shot-put on the Varsity Track and Field Team. Last summer during a scrimmage game, he tore his ACL l and was out for the rest of the season. After his surgery, Terry started coming to the Midtown location for physical therapy and has been going through the healing process rapidly. “He has made such a great patient and we feel he is part of our work family.” Terry let us know since he has been in treatment with us that the staff has inspired him to want to become a Physical Therapist. We thoroughly enjoy him and his family for his visits during the week. Good Luck next year, Terry! Keep up the good work!

Hoover Clinic Athlete of the Month, Olivia Bishop.

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Congratulations to Olivia Bishop who was chosen as the Hoover Encore Athlete of the Month! Olivia is a freshman cheerleader at Hoover High School.   Ten minutes before her first football game she did a back tuck in her warm up that resulted in a torn meniscus and ACL. She has cheered since 1st grade and has been on several competitive cheer teams.  She is a member of the Student Government Association at the high school and the Christian Club Undivided. Hoover Juniorettes and C.A.R.E are both service clubs that Olivia is currently involved with.  Olivia is very involved with her youth group at Riverchase United Methodist Church.  Siblings include an eleven year old sister Chloe’ who is also a competitive cheerleader. Currently, Olivia’s plan is to Auburn University after she graduates.

Keep up the good work, Olivia!

Considering ACL Surgery?

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Surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries involves reconstructing or repairing the ACL.

  • ACL reconstruction surgery uses a graft to replace the ligament. The most common grafts are autografts using part of your own body, such as the tendon of the kneecap (patellar tendon) or one of the hamstring tendons. Another choice is allograft tissue, which is taken from a deceased donor.
  • Repair surgery typically is used only in the case of an avulsion fracture (a separation of the ligament and a piece of the bone from the rest of the bone). In this case, the bone fragment connected to the ACL is reattached to the bone.

ACL surgery is usually done by making small incisions in the knee and inserting instruments for surgery through these incisions (arthroscopic surgery). In some cases, it is done by cutting a large incision in the knee (open surgery).

ACL surgeries are done by orthopedic surgeons.

Many orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopic surgery rather than open surgery for ACL injuries because:

  • It is easy to see and work on the knee structures.
  • It uses smaller incisions than open surgery.
  • It can be done at the same time as diagnostic arthroscopy (using arthroscopy to find out about the injury or damage to the knee).
  • It may have fewer risks than open surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery is done under regional (such as spinal) anesthesia or generalanesthesia.

What happens

During arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, the surgeon makes several small incisions—usually two or three—around the knee. Sterile saline (salt) solution is pumped into the knee through one incision to expand it and to wash blood from the area. This allows the doctor to see the knee structures more clearly.

The surgeon inserts an arthroscope into one of the other incisions. A camera at the end of the arthroscope transmits pictures from inside the knee to a TV monitor in the operating room.

Surgical drills are inserted through other small incisions. The surgeon drills small holes into the upper and lower leg bones where these bones come close together at the knee joint. The holes form tunnels through which the graft will be anchored.

The surgeon will also make another incision in the knee and take the graft (replacement tissue).

  • graft taken from the tendon at the front of the knee below the kneecap (patellar tendon) will include two small pieces of bone called “bone blocks” on the ends of the tissue. One piece of bone is taken from the kneecap and the other piece is taken from a part of the lower leg bone near the knee joint. This type of graft allows better healing because the tendon is still attached to its original bone, and the pieces of bone just need to heal into their new locations.
  • If the autograft comes from the hamstring, bone blocks are not taken. This type of graft may allow the knee to look more normal after it heals, because the tendon from the front of the knee is not used. It is also easier to add extra tissue from a deceased donor (allograft) to this type of graft.
  • The whole graft may also be taken from a deceased donor (allograft).

The graft is pulled through the two tunnels that were drilled in the upper and lower leg bones. The surgeon secures the graft with hardware such as screws or staples and will close the incisions with stitches or tape. The knee is bandaged, and you are taken to the recovery room for 2 to 3 hours.

During ACL surgery, the surgeon may repair other injured parts of the knee as well, such as menisci, other knee ligamentscartilage, or broken bones.

What To Expect After Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is often done on an outpatient basis, which means that you do not spend a night in the hospital. Other surgery may require staying in the hospital for a couple of days.

You will feel tired for several days. Your knee will be swollen, and you may have numbness around the cut (incision) on your knee. Your ankle and shin may be bruised or swollen. You can put ice on the area to reduce swelling. Most of this will go away in a few days, and you should soon start seeing improvement in your knee.

To care for your incision while it heals, you need to keep it clean and dry and watch for signs of infection.

Physical rehabilitation after ACL surgery may take several months to a year. The length of time until you can return to normal activities or sports is different for every person. It may range from 4 to 6 months.1

Source:

WebMD. “Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery.” WebM. Healthwise, Incorporated., 5 Apr 2012. Web. 10 Apr 2014. .