Midwest City, OK (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) often represents an athlete’s worst nightmare—the ACL, which is located in the middle of the knee, is one of the most commonly injured body parts in sports-related incidents. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, about 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States every year, accounting for more than a $500 million in U.S. health-care costs each year (1). Regional Physical Therapy (RPT), which is located in both Midwest City and South Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, recently provided post-op therapy for NFL prospect Jamal Mosley, a former starting tight end for the University of Mississippi who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. The clinic effectively relieved him of his pain and muscle atrophy.
Problem: During the SEC all-star football game, Jamal suffered a hit that caused his ACL to be ruptured. He underwent surgery in February by notable orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting of Freemont, CA. Jamal spent five months doing rehab in the training room at the University of Mississippi. He arrived at RPT on July 5, and was feeling down about his progress thus far. Initially, he had deteriorated quad, hamstring and calf muscles. More importantly, he still had pain with any strengthening of the quadriceps muscle, and this was further slowing rehab.
Treatment Plan: After the initial evaluation, it was determined that Jamal needed aggressive treatment of the quads. He was put on the Kin Com machine, used to measure the level of strength of one side of the body compared to the opposite side, in order to safely work the quads. (RPT possesses the only machine of this kind in Oklahoma City.) RPT staff used both manual and passive therapy techniques, including stretching exercises, mobilization of the kneecap, and the application of heat pads and cold packs. RPT staff implemented a hands-on approach and applied pressure to muscle tissue and joints to encourage movement and flexibility. Jamal was able to make good progress in improving his strength and reducing his pain during the workouts. He was then able to progress to running tasks on the treadmill in his brace.
During one exercise, RPT owner Vicki Buchanan observed that Jamal had a biomechanical flaw during the knee bend, and quickly examined his hip, which showed significant weakness in one muscle. Jamal was started on a new hip strengthening exercise to be done daily.
Result: After four weeks of therapy, Jamal’s pain has reduced dramatically, and he is now been able to run and do all his exercises completely pain-free.
“I have been rehabbing at RPT since the beginning of July, and I’m beyond impressed with the progress I have made since I have been here. I have seen an increase in my hip, quad, hamstring, and calf muscles. Vicki and the staff helped me put a plan together that would be in my best interest as far as rehabilitating my knee and getting me back on the football field. They have pushed me and they have been 100% behind me on attacking the plan we put together. My knee and the muscles involving my knee are feeling 10 times better than before I started here. I’m happy and pleased with where I am at now versus where I was when I started. I will continue to rehab [at RPT] until I am cleared by Dr. Ting and Vicki.” —Jamal Mosley
Buchanan wants all RPT patients to enjoy the results of their physical therapy, commenting, “Every patient is important at [RPT]—we always want our clients to enjoy their time at the clinic, while also improving their overall health.”
Buchanan recently opened a second clinic, Regional Physical Therapy South, to better reach the expected increase of patients following upcoming healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act. Regional PT South personnel offer restorative treatment along with post-op rehabilitation, manual and aquatic therapy, on-site physical therapy, and massage services. Regional PT therapists have over 50 years of combined experience and offer individualized treatment plans that bring results.
For more information, visit http://www.regionalpt.com/.
About Regional Physical Therapy, Inc.
Based in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Regional Physical Therapy, with over 50 years of combined experience, treats patients with tailored, comprehensive treatment plans which are designed to fit individual needs. Regional Physical Therapy was founded in 1993 by owner Vicki Buchanan, who attended the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy. Dedicated to the late co-founder Bruce Hawkins, the Bruce Hawkins Scholarship award was established by Regional Physical Therapy, Inc., in 2009 to give back to the profession that Bruce was dedicated to advancing. The Bruce Hawkins Scholarship has been awarded to Oklahoma University students who show outstanding leadership characteristics and embody the spirit of dedication to the profession of physical therapy. Regional Physical Therapy uses the team approach to help patients regain lost function, with the purpose of providing high-quality physical therapy services to the community. For more information, visit http://www.regionalpt.com.
1.Coleman, Erin. “Statistics on ACL Injuries in Athletes.” Livestrong.com. Live Strong Foundation, 21 Oct. 2011. Web. 07 Aug. 2013. livestrong.com/article/548782-statistics-on-acl-injuries-in-athletes/.