A soccer player in his early 20s had some knee pain and instability in the left knee, along with significant atrophy in the left quad. He had a procedure 6 months ago to stabilize the knee, and had attended 3+ months of standard physical therapy elsewhere (ice, balance, ROM, e-stim). In the most recent 3 months he had worked on some strengthening and light soccer training on his own. However, the pain and instability was still there, keeping him from returning to a competitive environment thus he always complain, “Fix my knee pain!”.
After understanding his history and his goals, we evaluated his hip, knee, and ankle movements. In the same visit we began treatment, including manual release of hip tissues, joint distraction, and drills to help him recruit his glutes. In visits 2, 3, and 4 we taught him proper movement form and increased the weight and intensity, as well as trained his neural pathways to reinforce proper movement.
In between each visit he was given a custom video-based home program he followed on his mobile phone.
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The results? Within 3 treatments he was back to full (non-contact) practice, with an enormous jump in confidence in his knee’s ability to hold up to soccer movements.
What’s next for him? We will continue to work with him to develop explosive power over the next 3-4 weeks, which will allow him to return to full contact soccer.
We all know and understand the importance of staying active and staying fit specially for athletes. It became part of our routine and part of our lives. Stopping due to pain and injury is not just an option and it doesn’t have to be. If you feel even the slightest pain, visit your trusted therapist. They know better about injuries and different kinds of pain.