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Knee Protocols

Handouts ACL Patient Handout (AAOS Presentation) General Knee and Quad Home Exercises   Protocols Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction – Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction – BTB Autograft Meniscus Repair – Postoperative Instructions Meniscus Repair – Postoperative Rehabilitation Protocol Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) – Nonoperative Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Repair – Postoperative Posterior Cruciate […]

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Anterolateral Ligament (ALL) and Anterolateral Complex

Overview of the Anterolateral Complex and the Anterolateral Ligament In 2013, the New York Times and several other media outlets touted the discovery of a “new” knee ligament, the anterolateral ligament (ALL). In reality, the discovery was not new, but more of a “rediscovery” of a ligament that had been described in 1879 by a […]

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Return to Play after ACL Surgery (New Research) – Single Leg Step-Down Test

Dr. Burnham and colleagues recently published a research study on a test that may be useful in determining when patients can return to sports after ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction. The test is called the Single Leg Step-Down test (SLSD). It has been shown to identify patients with weak hip and core musculature, which are important muscle groups to rehabilitate after undergoing ACL surgery. Although the surgery to reconstruct or repair the ACL usually takes only 1-2 hours, the rehabilitation can take 6-10 months. Determining the optimal time to return to sports is difficult, and no one test or measurement can determine when you are ready to return after surgery. However, numerous studies have shown that the trunk, hip, and core muscles are important factors in the neuromuscular control of the lower extremity, and that adequately strengthening these muscles after ACL surgery can help prevent against re-injury. In this study, performance on the SLSD test was significantly correlated with hip and core strength, especially in females. Further research will be performed to help determine the role of the SLSD test in predicting injury in athletes.

The research study was performed at the Biodynamics Gait Lab at the University of Kentucky, under the guidance of Mary Lloyd Ireland, MD and Brian Noehren, PT PhD. 

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New Research Published on ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring Graft

Dr. Burnham co-authored a cost-effectiveness analysis of ACL reconstruction using a specific technique of augmenting the normal hamstring graft with donor tissue to improve the strength of the graft. In his study, the authors demonstrated that the augmented graft resulted in a lower rate of re-tear. The study was published in the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine, which is the most read sports medicine journal in orthopaedic surgery. Expert knee specialist Darren Johnson, MD was the senior author on the paper.

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Research & Publications

Just as athletes are constantly pushing their bodies to the limits of human performance, sports medicine is a constantly evolving field.  Scientific research in the field of sports medicine has provided improved understanding of the body and has led to improved treatments that return athletes back to sports more quickly and at a higher level. […]

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ACL Reconstruction Surgery

ACL Overview Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common sports injuries in the United States. The ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the body, and is crucial to providing stability of the knee joint. Unfortunately, the ACL has poor healing potential, and ACL surgery is by a fellowship […]

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