Knee Surgery: Understand YOUR Body And Fight Injury For Good

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.

Dealing with an Injury: A Dose of My Own Medicine

An Injury Affects Everything

Tuesday, April 24th 2012



10:02PM - Text from Jack, Soccer Coordinator:"Will you be at the game tomorrow night?"

10:10PM - My 1st response:"Count me in. I'll be there!"

10:15PM - Erased response and wrote:"I'm probably gonna take off for a bit b/c my knee is still suspect. Sorry for the crappy news. I'm not happy about it!"

10:20: Sulked on the couch!

So this is what it feels like! It's taken a few weeks to really come to terms with it, but I'm officially battling an injury. For years, I've treated patients who have been sidelined, and I've seen them nod as I go through a list of things they need to avoid doing so their injuries can heal properly. I can hear my lecture now: "You cannot play in the baseball game this weekend. You have to quit picking up your twins so much. You must modify your marathon training!" Looking back, I realize those patients must have been trying very hard not to roll their eyes at me. It's definitely a lot harder than it sounds!

Where it all Began

The problem all started when I began playing soccer in March (remember the post on DOMS). I hadn't played competitive soccer in four years (kids, work, etc.), and I was super excited to get back out there. Well, the first game came around, and my knee started hurting 30 minutes into the quick cutting and sprinting. I battled through five of the eight games before I finally had to listen to the advice I give to other athletes and "weekend warriors". If your body is telling you something is wrong, stop and listen!

Importance of Pre-hab

This brings me to the importance of "prehab", which is basically your own preseason training for the sport or activity you plan to do. It was naive of me to think I could do sprinting, jumping, and lateral movement at 100% effort without doing much preparation. If you're looking to begin (or get back into) physical activity like soccer, softball, golf or charity 5Ks, prepare for it. Don't go to the driving range or batting cage and hit 50 balls if you haven't previously done spinal rotation exercises for strength and flexibility. If not, you will get hurt!

Every collegiate and professional sports league has preseason training for a reason, so it makes sense for amateurs to do the sam. Even though you might not be making millions from your own athletic endeavors, they are still an important part of your health and enjoyment. The next time I get big ideas and think I'm 19 again, I will definitely take my own advice and ease on in. I hope you do the same!