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Psychological aspects of ACL recovery

Bryan Vopat, MD, an orthopedic sports physician at The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center, discusses how an ACL injury can affect an athlete psychologically – along with the importance of talking about it.

Hip and Knee

Your hip and knee joints were designed to last a lifetime, but injuries, excessive weight, arthritis and other diseases can cause these joints to ache, hurt and lose mobility and flexibility.

As a result, you may experience pain when climbing stairs, getting up from a chair or even while walking and doing other everyday activities. The pain can range from mildly irritating to incapacitating. It can be treated with medications, injections, physical therapy and, if necessary, total joint replacement. To schedule an appointment, call 913-588-1227 or request your appointment online.

Our adult reconstruction specialists are orthopedists who received additional, fellowship training in reconstructive procedures with particular emphasis on replacement of hips and knees. These surgeons are part of a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team that also includes anesthesiologists, nurses as well as physical and occupational therapists who work together to help you recover.

This team will work with you from your first pre-operative assessment visit and throughout your recovery. In addition, you will have access to the full resources of the hospital – specialized imaging studies, state-of-the-art physical facilities, comprehensive education and recovery support resources – to help you recover as quickly and completely as possible.

For our patients undergoing total joint replacement, we recommend viewing a series of videos to help you better understand your upcoming surgical procedure and take an active role in your health care and recovery.