Brendan Keevan is an active 27-year-old active tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee from a non-contact injury that he suffered while playing basketball. After the injury, he decided to undergo a common surgical procedure called ACL reconstruction in February of 2020. From there, Brendan came into Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City to begin his rehabilitation.
During his first visit, Brendan reported that he was unable to walk more than 10 city blocks and required a crutch and knee brace to get around. Brendan’s therapist, Jason, also performed an evaluation at this time to develop a clearer picture of his functional limitations. Results from this evaluation revealed that Brendan had significant swelling and weakness in his legs, which were related to his surgery. He also had difficulty walking and was unable to balance on one leg, bend, or squat.
Before beginning treatment, Brendan stated that his goals were to be able to start running and playing basketball again, and to feel the same level of confidence with his left (injured) leg as his right. With this in mind, Brendan’s treatment program included several phases, each of which featured a specific short-term goal and milestone that he worked towards in a progressive manner. Jason utilized a variety of interventions to help Brendan regain his abilities, such as blood flow restriction, resistance training, balance and proprioception training, walking and running gait assessments, plyometric training, and return to sport programing.
Brendan stayed committed to his rehabilitation program and regularly attended both virtual and in-person sessions for an entire year. After one year, he is now back to athletic activities and can run six miles without feeling any pain. Brendan is continuing his therapy to this day with return-to-sport phase, and he is now targeting a return to the basketball court.
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It’s great to see that Brendan has been able to get back into his exercise routine, and we wish him continued success as he continues to work towards additional goals. If you’re dealing with a new injury or any lingering pain, we invite you to see how Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City can help you return to your pre-injury levels. Contact us at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today or click here to read our last blog for more information on ACL injuries.