Knee replacement (knee arthroplasty) and hip replacement (hip arthroplasty) are two total joint replacement options to relieve pain and improve mobility and function for people who have become significantly limited by osteoarthritis of their knee or hip joint. Many people considering joint replacement surgery often wonder what type of activity they can expect after surgery. […]
Many people know the importance of keeping active to build strong muscles and bones. Exercise also plays an important role in building healthy cartilage, the fibrous but flexible connective tissue that cushions your joints. Cartilage acts as a barrier to the damaging friction of bones rubbing against each other. It also acts as a shock […]
At the advice of your physician, after much consideration and a struggle through stiffness, swelling, and knee pain, it’s time to schedule your total knee replacement surgery. While surgery isn’t always the first solution to knee discomfort, it’s often the ultimate intervention in the case of knee osteoarthritis. But facing surgery is often anxiety invoking. […]
In the Patient’s Shoes: My ACL Reconstruction Journey as a Physical Therapist Part 3: Returning to Sports
My name is Erik Kust and I am an orthopedic clinician at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. I have countless experiences treating patients for ACL injuries, but after sustaining my own injury, I was in the patient’s shoes. After going through the ACL reconstruction process, it was time for me to return to sports.
It often starts as a dull ache or a “stiff” feeling in your knee. Occasionally, you may feel a strain or ache along the back of the knee or under the kneecap as well. This phenomenon is known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, or simply “runner’s knee.” Don’t let the name fool you, though; patellofemoral pain […]
In the Patient’s Shoes: My ACL Reconstruction Journey as a Physical Therapist Part 2: Post-Surgical Recovery
As a Physical Therapist, after tearing my ACL and undergoing surgery, this is what it feels like to be the patient going through post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation.
Erik Kust, PT, DPT, OCS My name is Erik Kust, and I am a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy at Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. While I’m usually on the other side of the ACL reconstruction surgery journey, I experienced it firsthand as a patient last year. I wanted to detail my journey after […]
It is estimated that there are 200,000 ACL injuries per year in the United States. Due to the prevalence of this injury, there are often many questions about how ACL tears occur, treatment options, and the healing process. Dr. Todd Swenson, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, provides you with everything you need to know about ACL injuries.
How do you know when it’s time to make knee surgery an option? Find out what you need to know.