April 10, 2009
I am writing in response to the April 8 article, "Better repairs mean ACL tear is no longer a game-stopper," by Janice Lloyd.
As a physical therapist and founder of BACKtoGOLF Total Performance, I have seen a significant increase in ACL injuries among the PGA Tour Pros. Physical therapy begins immediately after surgery, often several times a day in the beginning. The initial focus is on range of motion exercises. Once the knee is healed, the physical therapist helps the patient strengthen muscles that control the knee, including the hamstring, quadriceps, and hip muscles.
It is essential for golfers to work with a physical therapist, because we are experts in the biomechanics of movement. This is especially important in the early phases of rehab to avoid any setbacks or complications. Full recovery from ACL surgery typically ranges from six to eight months.
Many professional golfers work with physical therapists who tailor programs to individual skills. As experts at improving mobility and restoring motion, physical therapists provide safe, proven solutions for prevention, wellness, and fitness services for their patients/clients. Most physical therapists hold master's degrees, and a growing number are pursuing the doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT). Physical therapists must also be licensed in the state or states in which they practice.
Someone's best chance for developing a safe, appropriate exercise program lies with a physical therapist. It is possible in almost every state to visit a physical therapist directly, without the referral of a physician. To learn more about physical therapy and to find a physical therapist in your area, please visit www.moveforwardpt.com.
Bud Ferrante Jr, PT, OCS, MTC
BACKtoGOLF Performance Center, Carmel Orthopedic & Sports Therapy