During a conversation with a physical therapy student, who is completing his clinical rotation with me as his clinical instructor, I admitted that I had recently caught myself being guilty of already “knowing everything” about anterior cruiciate ligament injury, reconstruction and rehabiliataion. That I, in fact had become, that therapist who was resting on her laurels regarding this particular matter. After all, I have treated countless clients “successfully” over the last ten years. Overall, most do great, most of the time. Then there are those who don't do quite as great as you would like. It's easy to chalk it up to relative non compliance on the client's part or perhaps their slow progress or lingering knee pain is the result of their genetic make up, pre injury condition or current activity level. But again, all in all, come the anniversary of their injury or surgery, they are doing pretty darn well. So, I never really was drawn to pursuing the matter further from a treatment persepctive.
Then, this past winter, my husband injures his ACL. The words from the orthopedic physician, if I remember correctly, was that his ACL was “gone-zito.” Now, all of sudden, I am no longer entirely confident just how to proceed. I mean, this is not only my ski buddy, he is the father to our two young budding skiers. He is also the one that I am counting on to keep up with them when they leave their Momma in the (powder) dust. Could he “cope” without his ACL. Did he “need” surgery? If he did have surgery, how would he fair. How do we set him up for success!
The timing of it all was quite serrendipitous as I was already in discussions with Dr. Ryan Mizner to offer a continuing education course, regarding that very topic, at one of our MAPTA conferences. Unfortunately, for me and my husband, the course would have to be postponed until the Fall – months after his surgery and rehabiliataion. Regardless, Dr. Mizner was very gracious in offering his advice based on his clinical expertise, research and vast knowledge base on the subject. And I realized, that perhaps, I didn't know everything about the subject. Things change over time, research reveals new ideas and we have the opportunity to improve our skills and clinical decision making to provide more efficient and effective care for our clients. The kind of care you want to provide for your closest loved ones. Thankfully, through the combined efforts of his physical therapist (not me) and his own dedication to his rehabilitation, my husband is doing great and has confidently returned to all pre-injury activities – even the ones that make me cringe a little bit. Even so, you can bet that I will be in attendance in Dr. Mizner's course this fall, Contemporary Topics in Physical Therapy Practice for Athletes with ACL Injury. There is a downside though. Attending this course means that I am not available to also attend Therapeutic Neuroscience Education and Pain Approach to Headaches, presented by the International Spine and Pain Institute, as it is happening that same weekend at the MAPTA Fall Conference. These are, undoubtedly, first world physical therapist problems and I welcome them with open arms.
We hope to see you in either of these fantastic courses this Fall. If, however, you are unable to travel to Missoula or have a scheduling conflict that weekend, you may still have time to take advantage of the online course, Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT), which is being offered at a significantly discounted price with a MAPTA coupon code which can be found on our website. Those who complete the online course will be eligiable to take a live PRRT course which we hope to bring to Montana. So check it out! You can learn more about PRRT at their website http://www.theprrt.com.
Keep learning and we will see you in October!