Soccer and ACL

Soccer and ACL

The future is bright for this Caldwell Chief AKA our Patient of the Month! Read about her recovery from ACL Surgery.

"I'm able to do a lot of exercises now, but I can't wait for when I can run without any struggle or pain especially since the weather is getting so nice!"

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Come Back After ACL Tear

Shanon is amazing to watch! She has a competitive spirit and attacks each PT session with determination!  She always brings focus, endurance and her "A" game. Shanon also does a lot of "homework" in her home gym, "Iron Jr.," which we all envy : ). This mama's work has paid off and she is back to her adventurous and active lifestyle of biking, climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, diving, and MORE.



In Her Own Words...

Three Words That Describe You:

Motivated, but Impatient and somewhat Neurotic.

What brought you to PT? I had an ACL tear and Grade 4 meniscus damage in my left knee, followed by surgery (double meniscectomy). I opted to NOT repair the ACL, but to instead use PT to build enough stability in my knee to live an active lifestyle without an ACL. I started PT three days after knee surgery.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience? PT at Iron has not only provided the rehab that I needed, but also the education that I need in order to continue to keep my knee strong. While Dr Mayes and the team have been amazing to guide and motivate me during my PT sessions, it’s been important to me from the start to understand what I need to do on my own, and WHY it’s important. Building stability and balance, developing strength in surrounding muscles like quadriceps and hips, and observing in the mirror how my knee behaves with certain exercises – these are all things I’d never have known if it weren’t for my Dr. Mayes.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? Consider your options! While we have a tendency to follow our orthopedic surgeon’s recommendations, it has become clear to me that a good physical therapist, providing 1:1 personalized attention with a customized program (meaning, not the usual “mill” approach) could absolutely be the best approach, even for an high-octane life of physical activity. And when surgery is the answer, PT is absolutely crucial to rebuild strength and mobility. Surgery is not a quick fix!

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? While I love a lot of activities (biking, climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, diving) and am thrilled that I can get back to them now, I am most excited about the little things. I want to climb 3 flights of stairs taking them 2 at a time. I want to show off to my kids that I can do a two foot vertical jump onto a park bench. I want to sit in a yoga hero or lotus pose comfortably. 10 weeks ago I was a million miles away, now I’m just around the corner from them!

Further, as a new graduate of Iron PT, I am now sadly resigned to my basement, where I’ll carry on the many exercises (e.g., the damn dead lifts) that I’ve been taught by my draconian hard-core physical therapist. Attached is a picture of what I like to call “Iron Jr.”



Coming Back After ACL Reconstruction Surgery (POM 10/13)

Always with a smile and an easygoing personality, Max has worked extremely hard during post-surgical rehab for a torn ACL /Meniscus. He is a talented boxer and Jiu Jitsu fighter whose passion for martial arts overflows. His eagerness to get back to sports is evident, but he has diligently followed Dr. Mayes' advice. He will no doubt return even better than before!

In His Own Words...

Three words to describe me: Adrenaline, Motivated, Anxious


What brought you to IronPT? My boxing coach, Robert Guzman, recommended that I go to Iron after he had a successful post-surgical recovery.  I knew he had a high intensity lifestyle and needed to be back in shape ASAP. I could relate to that and wanted to quickly return to my activities  after ACL reconstruction surgery.


How have you benefitted from PT? I have benefited both physically and mentally from going to therapy. PT is the quickest and most effective way for me to start participating in mixed martial arts again.  I gained all my weight and strength back, and I have a good feeling that I will be stronger than I was before my injury.

What are you most excited about getting back to? Although I practice more than one martial art, I am most excited about getting back to my roots in Brazilian JiuJitsu.  In addition, I am looking forward to getting back into training with world class fighters again.

ACL Surgery Can't Stop Her...

Patient of the Month - February 2013

We couldn't pick just one person for our February patient of the month! Cheryl and Roxanne are each so outstanding that we wanted to honor both of them.

Meet Cheryl Below! To learn about Roxanne's Journey, Click Here

ACL recovery challenges patients in every way! It is an endurance test of both  physical and mental fortitude. For the last 16 weeks, we have watched Cheryl kick butt (she would say a@#) in every way. In a world of phony, she is the real deal. Even though this may have slowed her down temporarily, we can't wait to hear about her next big adventure.

In her own words....

  • Name: Cheryl L.

  • Occupation: Technical Recruiting Manager

  • Injury: Torn ACL/MCL/Bruised bone

  • Three Words That Describe You: Active, Hyper, Impatient



What brought you to PT? 

Rehab after ACL Reconstruction

How have you benefitted from your PT experience ?

My PT experience definitely helped my recovery tremendously.  Also, I don't hate squats as much as I used to and will actually incorporate them into my workouts going forward.  I also learned better form when performing various exercises. Occasionally we would also discuss nutrition, which I know very little about being a junk food junkie.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you?

Be patient and don't get discouraged.  This is a serious injury, and you will experience some setbacks on the road to recovery.  Stick to your PT routine and do your home exercises.

What activities/goals are you most excited about getting back to? 

Zumba and snowboarding are two activities I loved and had to give up until my recovery is complete.  My new goal is to incorporate strength training into my regular workouts, including squats, lunges, and some balancing exercises.

**The criteria for selection were patient compliance, attitude, attendance and Iron PT evangelism**