Lindsay Roof, PT, DPT, uses her experience as an athlete to treat other injured athletes
I really enjoy treating patients with athletic injuries as I have had my fair share of athletic injuries as a high school and college athlete, including a torn ACL.
I played lacrosse in high school and college, and I also played tennis in high school. Both sports require frequent changes in direction using pivoting and planting motions of the knee joint.
When the foot is planted on the ground and the knee is twisted or turned during a rapid change in direction, such as a ‘cut’, this places a great amount of stress on the knee joint causing injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears.
ACL Injuries Are Very Significant
The ACL is one of the key ligaments that help stabilize your knee joint. ACL injuries are very significant to me as they were very common among my teammates and females in general. ACL tears require the most amount of attention and time in rehabilitation out of all the injuries I have seen.
Patients with athletic injuries demonstrate the most success and progress with joint mobilization, mobilization with movement, strengthening, neuromuscular re-education, balance training, and flexibility training.
I like to use manual techniques and mobilizations to the patella or tibiofemoral joint to increase mobility and range of motion and decrease restrictions in the knee joint.
Joint mobilizations with oscillation can also help reduce pain after injury.
I teach patients to activate and strengthen their muscles in the most optimal position specifically around the knee joint to prevent future injuries and correct alignment.
Being able to build rapport with fellow athletes aides in recovery. It is very rewarding to treat patients with athletic injuries as I can relate to their experience.