Knee Injury Recovery – Understanding the WHY

Dealing with ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus, and Patellar Related Injuries

Health By Ratio Vlog- Ep 2 (video below)

At Health By Ratio, we offer functional movement training that can help you with your pain and heal from your injury. Knee injuries are all too common but can be extremely hard to recover from. Even after you go through surgery and physical therapy, the pain can be a constant reminder of the injury we once suffered.

So many of us have watched our kids experience it, or we have personally felt it, the dreaded “POP!”

And then comes the doctor appointments, the X-rays and MRIs, and finally the knife.

Well, imagine if you went through all of this, to have your doctors find out while you were cut open, tissue displaced, payments already being processed, that there wasn’t any damage that could be fixed surgically.

That instead, the pains, cracks, and pops you were feeling had to do with movement deviations that were causing friction and micro-traumas.

Well, that’s what happened to one of our clients, Clair, who was a competitive high school varsity volleyball player going into her senior year and trying to secure offers from colleges to continue with her sport.

Knee injuries are all too common in competitive sports, whether high school, college, professional, or simply while staying youthful and active as adult weekend warriors. And of them all, ACL injuries are the most common knee injury incurred with over 70% being non-contact, and females being much more likely to have them injured than males (although it is still incredibly common amongst males). (NCBI Female vs Male Study) (NCBI Non-Contact ACL Injuries)

Non-contact is a HUGE deal because our ACLs (and the rest of our knee structures) are not designed to tear. So, why are they?

Well, going back to Clair’s example, even though she was lucky that she didn’t, in fact, have the ACL/meniscus tear they were worried about and so didn’t have to go through the six to 12-month grueling rehab process that so many of our clients have experienced, she did have the same root causes for her chronic pain, a movement imbalance referred to as knee valgus (knees collapsing inward when jumping, squatting, running, cutting, etc).

An example of this is the NFL combine photo where you can see of injury-plagued QB Robert Griffin III.

So, in this week’s Vlog we are going to breakdown:

  1. Why practically ALL knee injuries, especially non-contact ones, are so prevalent at any level of activity or sport.
  2. How even the top-line professional athletes (like RGIII) show the same deviations as typically active individuals.
  3. How just rehabbing and strengthening the knee isn’t enough for a full recovery, we need to explore above and below.
  4. Finally, how a functional rehab/prehab program can simultaneously increase our body’s natural speed, agility, and power.


If you are interested in getting some specific one-on-one help, Madison Doubroff from Health By Ratio can help! Schedule a free mobility consultation call with us at With function movement training, you can learn how to stay active and avoid injury.