After a torn ACL, rehab gets you going

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

By: Jeff Ash

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After the Green Bay Packers’ season ends, receiver Jordy Nelson usually heads home to work on his farm in Kansas.


This offseason, though, Nelson is staying in Green Bay to continue physical rehabilitation after missing the 2015 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, he told Chris Roth of WBAY-TV.


BayCare Clinic patients who have the same injury also can receive that kind of follow-up care in Green Bay and throughout northeastern Wisconsin.


Our Orthopedic & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic physicians can perform surgery to repair torn ACLs, then establish rehab programs tailored to the individual. Such rehab programs – a must for anyone who has ACL surgery – focus on biomechanics, physiology and other factors beyond the injury.


Dr. Carl DiRaimondo, a BayCare Clinic orthopedic surgeon who is board-certified in sports medicine, outlines the ACL rehab process:


"We try to get the knee moving right away. Working on the knee’s range of motion as well as weight bearing begins immediately,” says DiRaimondo, who has done a fellowship in sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “By aggressively reducing swelling and restoring knee motion, most patients are performing normal daily activities within a month."


What to expect after a torn ACL



Our orthopedic and sports medicine providers see patients in Green Bay, Chilton, Denmark, Pulaski, Kaukauna, Manitowoc, Marinette, Shawano and Sturgeon Bay. For more information, please call Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic at 877-884-8796 or request an appointment online.


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