Maximize Your Outcome
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Achieving a good outcome for patients is my top priority. This is dependent on many factors and is always done best through a team approach. I will dedicate my best efforts to optimally address injuries through non-operative or surgical measures but the best outcomes are most commonly seen in those patients who are highly motivated to improve.
Good outcomes are attained when we work together on:
- Understanding and conveying goals
- Maximizing non-operative management
- Selecting the best surgical option when necessary
- Optimizing pre-surgical function – motion, strength, diminished swelling
- Grasping the basic anatomy and intra-operative goals
- Eliminating intra-operative complications
- Minimizing soft tissue injury through less invasive approaches when applicable
- Obtaining early postoperative pain relief and restoration of motion
- Communicating well and aligning postoperative expectations
- Understanding why restrictions are in place and milestones that must be met to move past restrictions
- Working to develop a shared action plan
- Appreciating the role of the physical therapist as an educator and facilitator
- Establishing a home exercise program
- Having the appropriate amount of patience to allow the body to heal
- Maintaining a positive attitude
- Focusing on whole body health – nutrition, cardiovascular fitness, resistance exercises, core strength
- Taking an active role in recovery and taking responsibility for the actions that may compromise a good recovery
Review patient education regarding ACL injuries. Learn more about the ligament, common injuries/conditions and treatment options. Additionally, learn about post-op care, including pain control, activity, wound care, diet, recommended follow-up appointments and physical therapy.
Core Strength and Stability: The Key to Musculoskeletal Health and Injury Prevention
Review patient education regarding core strength and stability. Learn more about the importance of core strength and potential injuries from a weak core. Additionally, review the resources that Twin Cities Orthopedics provides for optimizing core strength and working toward joint health and injury prevention.
Exercise and Joint Health
Review Dr. Holm’s answers to a few important questions regarding exercise and joint health.
Non Arthritic Hip Score
Review the non-arthritic hip scoresheet and select the answer that best describes your situation and the pain you have experienced in the last 48 hours.
TCO Tribune by Dr. Holm: Save the Meniscus!
The meniscus is the most commonly injured structure in the knee. This article is my plea for all patients to have their meniscus repaired, as opposed to trimmed out, whenever it is possible.
ACL Rehab Guide
Review a rehabilitation protocol following an ACL reconstruction. Learn more about preoperative goals and the progression through each recovery phase, including the milestones and treatment for each stage. Additionally, learn about precautions for different injuries and a running progression plan.
Hip Arthroscopy Labral Repair Rehab Guide
Review a rehabilitation protocol following a hip arthroscopy labral repair. Learn more about the progression through each recovery phase including exercises, manual therapy and goals.
Hip Labral Repair – Including Microfracture
Review a rehabilitation protocol following a hip arthroscopy labral repair, including micro facture. Learn more about the progression through each recovery phase including exercises, range of motion and weight-bearing restrictions.
Eating the right foods, along with regular exercise, is an important factor in maintaining a healthy body. A well-planned diet may reduce problems such as fatigue, sore muscles/joints, and even injuries that can affect athletic performance. Proper nutrition works two-fold by providing our bodies with the nutrients they need, and by keeping physical stresses to a minimum.
Food as Fuel: Maximizing Performance for Wrestlers
Review patient education regarding maximizing performance through the use of food. Learn more about how dehydration affects performance and how low-calorie diets don’t lead to effective weight loss. Additionally, read more about proper nutrition for wrestlers.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention
Watch the video below about ACL rehabilitation strategies and prevention of ACL injuries. Additionally, learn about the programs that TCO has in place to assist in the rehabilitation process to help recovery and prevent future ACL injuries.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Prevention
Watch the video below about ACL injury prevention techniques. Additionally, learn more about the anatomy and physiology of the ACL.
ACL Injury: Should it be fixed?
Activities After a Knee Replacement
Additional Resources on the Knee
Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain
Arthritis of the Knee
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Goosefoot (Pes Anserine) Bursitis of the Knee
Knee Arthroscopy Exercise Guide
Knee Replacement Exercise Guide
Kneecap (Prepatellar) Bursitis
Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Orthopaedists Research Female Knee Problems
Osgood-Schlatter Disease (Knee Pain)
Osteonecrosis of the Knee
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Rotating Platform/Mobile-bearing Knees
Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain)
Total Knee Replacement
Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis