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Physiobot nailed it. Two years of pain is over - thanks!

M. Hardy, Denver CO

YOUR MCL SPRAIN GUIDE

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PHASE 1
PHASE 3
PHASE 2
PHASE 4

PHASE 1 OF YOUR RECOVERY

This care guide and related information is educational in nature. Always consult with a medical professional prior to initiating new exercises or trying a new product, drug, or supplement.

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GOAL: 50% Improvement

This phase is to jump start your recovery. Perform your exercise program 4 times per day. Twice in the morning, and twice in the afternoon. We know this can be difficult with busy schedules, but it's for a short time and necessary to promote a successful recovery. We want a noticeable improvement in pain levels by days 3-5.

WHEN TO PROGRESS

Proceed to Phase 2 of your recovery when the range-of-motion and pain have improved by approximately 50%. This make take anywhere from 3-10 days depending on the severity of your injury.

If you require additional guidance or help returning to full athletic levels, we recommend going directly to a physical therapist. Access options have exploded in recent years with therapists who come to your home.

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YOUR EXERCISES

Selected based on your condition match and care profile

Stretches

Hold for 45-60 seconds

1-2 repetitions per session

Perform on each side

Strengthening

10-15 repetitions per set

1 set per session

Perform on each side

 - Consult with a physician prior to trying new exercises -

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Range of Motion

This exercise methodically and safely addresses tightness and range-of-motion restrictions.

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Short Arc Quads

This exercise methodically and safely addresses tightness and range-of-motion restrictions.

Hamstrings Firing

This exercise is a simple way to help you bend your knee better when walking.

Quad Strength

The quadriceps are key for knee stability with walking and running. When weak, pain and instability occur.

Gluteus Medius

This muscle is located on the outer hip. Research shows strengthening the gluteus medius is key to reducing knee pain.

PAIN TOOLS

Stop wasting time and money of equipment that doesn't work. We look at the evidence. 
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Our members kept asking us about these joint tools and "if they work." So, we did the most comprehensive literature and product review for each category that you will find anywhere. Only available to members like you!

MASSAGE GUNS

Clinical Evidence: Good(+)

Percussive massage devices use rapid, repetitive strokes to target deep muscle tissue.

Massage Gun Evidence & Review

ICE VS HEAT

Clinical Evidence: Strong

Evidence suggests ice can be useful immediately after a sprain occurs to reduce pain and swelling. Heat tends to be best for muscle soreness.

MEDICATIONS

Clinical Evidence: Strong

Our literature review indicates a combination of NSAID topical cream and oral acetaminophen is a reasonable first strategy to consider. 

Knee Meds Evidence & Review

KNEE BRACES

Clinical Evidence: Fair(+)

The right knee brace can add support, reduce pain, and help you remain active.

Knee Brace Evidence & Review

E-STIM UNITS

Clinical Evidence: Fair

E-stim units are a drug-free, pain relief option. New models allow for easy home use.

E-Stim Evidence & Review

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NEXT LEVEL CARE

Prefer hands-on-care after all? Finding the best option for you can be daunting.

For our members, we make it simple.

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In-person care is often severely delayed due to the barriers of time, travel, and cost. These delays can have life-long consequences on recovery. To overcome this challenge, new options have become available that bring evidence-based care to you.

HANDS-ON CARE, BROUGHT TO YOU

An expert Physical Therapist will evaluate you in person, at home or work. Insurance accepted. Learn More

100% VIRTUAL KNEE PAIN CARE

The next generation of joint care is here. Built for ease of use and accessibility. Learn More

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