Runner Stronger than Ever After ACL Surgery

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Liz had ACL reconstructive surgery back in March and has been an absolute champion of physical therapy since day 1. Fear was always her crutch before PT, but she has learned to overcome it and get into better shape than ever before!

In PT, Liz is now focusing on return to performance, to ensure she is no longer at risk for re-injury. She is doing fantastic and LOVES THE SLIDEBOARD! She went on a two week hiking vacation in Hawaii and can't get enough of her workouts. She's a star student.

~ Dr. Hanna Schenkman, DPT

IN HER WORDS...

1) List three words to describe you: Dedicated and adventurous while guarded and sincere (that’s more than three - sorry)!

2) What brought you into physical therapy? I injured my knee skiing.

3) How would you describe physical therapy to people who don't know what it is? Physical therapy after an injury is critical - I started it before surgery and continue post surgery. I tell my family that my PT appointments are the most important three hours of my week. I hate when I have to miss a session because of work. I think PT is the one thing that helps me think I actually can get back to the activities I love doing. It’s not really a description but those are my feelings. The DPTs teach you techniques and give you confidence that you’re gonna be okay. 

4) What exercise or technique helped you the most? All of it.  I don’t think I can pick one. The silver (torture) tools help, the active release helps, and the homework helps a lot. 

5) What would you say to someone who is living in pain and putting off physical therapy? Consider PT if you find the right doctors. You don’t have to live with pain, it really does help! 

6) What activities are you most excited about getting back to? Running!!

7) What did you enjoy most about your PT experience? The concentration on healing, the patience everyone has shown me, and the positive attitudes all around. 

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