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Knee Injuries

How to Get In and Out of A Car After Knee Surgery

Listed below is a step-by-step approach on how to safely and efficiently get in and out of your car following knee surgery (on the passenger side).  You can modify your car seat position as needed to make this an easier process.  Having another person to assist will maximize your safety. Getting into car: 1.   Back up to the car so…

How to Step Up and Down a Curb with a Walker

Listed below are safety tips and step-by-step approach on how to carefully and properly take on the challenges of a curb while using your walker. Tips for walker: Walker should be the correct height for YOU. While arms are resting at the sides of your body, the handles of the walker should come up to the crease of your wrists…

Can Ankle Mobility Prevent Knee Injury?

Squatting is among the most functional of all human movements and is frequently regarded as a starting point in the movement assessments for many healthcare practitioners.  Much like any refined sport-specific movement, a biomechanically efficient squat is something you just know when you see it.  This efficiency in movement requires sufficient muscle strength, body awareness, balance, and joint mobility across…

PEACE and LOVE for Injury!

Soft tissue injuries need PEACE and LOVE!  What do these acronyms actually stand for?  Click on the link below to find out more! https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2019/04/26/soft-tissue-injuries-simply-need-peace-love/   Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic that is locally owned and operated with the main location at 144th & Dodge and a satellite clinic inside the Omaha Sports…

Simple Stretch for Anterior Knee Pain

Do you have anterior (front-sided) knee pain?  If this pain came on gradually without any known cause or obvious trauma/injury, you may benefit from a very basic course of treatment.  Assuming there is no specific derangement of the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons in and around your knee, you may get fairly rapid relief simply by doing some stretching to the…

Is Stem Cell Treatment effective in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis?

Science continually advances and in recent years the popularity of regenerative medicine treatments for musculoskeletal conditions has risen.  For issues such as knee osteoarthritis, this treatment theoretically offers the ability to restore and rebuild cartilage that would otherwise be lost forever.  Thereby, potentially avoiding a joint replacement surgery.  When one suffers from knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage that covers the ends…

Does Strength and Power Equal Confidence in ACL Rehab?

Is there a correlation between the amount of strength and power an individual has with their confidence in returning to play their sport after ACL reconstruction surgery?  A recent article investigated this question.  See the results below! No Relationship Between Strength and Power Scores and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Return to Sport After Injury Scale 9 Months After Anterior Cruciate Ligament…

7 Exercises to Reduce the Risk of Knee Injuries in Soccer Players!

It is important to make sure you are regularly challenging your neuromuscular system and training it to tolerate the loads you take on as a soccer player.  Research has shown that performing a consistent neuromuscular training program can reduce the risk of injury.  There are obviously other factors involved in injury rates as well (i.e. fatigue, nutrition, strength, and sleep)…

The Importance of Time In ACL Rehabilitation

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, we see a LOT of patients who have suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.  Many times these patients are athletes and are anxious about returning to their respective sport(s) as quickly as they can.  Return to play can be dictated by a lot of different factors including the surgeon’s protocol and assessment, return to…

8 Important Things to Know About Your ACL Reconstruction Surgery Recovery!

1. First of all, this is your individual journey. Do not compare your healing and progression to other people. Everyone’s body is different in how it responds to trauma and tissue damage. 2. Your progression during ACL reconstruction rehabilitation is not just dictated by how far out of surgery you are. Many people think that just because they are 3…