Isaac’s ACL Physical Therapy

I tore my ACL during a wrestling match at a High School tournament. After surgery I needed physical therapy to help with my recovery. I needed someone that would help me get back to powerlifting, wrestling, and riding my dirt bike.

I went to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for my therapy and Claire Kopko was my physical therapist. She is an athlete herself and understood how important it was to me to get back to my activities. She worked with me at Nationwide Children’s and then gave me exercises that I could do at home. Each visit she talked to me about my progress and she educated me on what needed done and helped me learn the exercises that would help me recover. I wanted to get back to activities and sometimes thought I was ready before I really was. She helped me know when it was the right time for each activity. Claire educated me so that I didn’t return to something to soon and cause myself a setback. It was a stressful time and her guidance and support helped remove a lot of the worry related to my recovery.

I am now back to normal activities. I am able to complete all exercises required during my Criminology class at school and I have hill-climbed my dirt bike with no issue. I competed in a powerlifting meet in July 2018. Claire knew I was going to compete and made sure I understood that I should ease back into it and not pull too much. I was able to pull a 330 pound deadlift only 7 months after my injury with no problems. My knee felt great after the pull. I would have chose to pull more without her guidance. Pulling more would have been the wrong thing to do for my knee. She cares about her patients and she helped me to work hard and do the right things in therapy. She provided therapy and education that in combination helped me move forward not backward.

Since that meet I have continued to work on exercises that Claire taught me. I am now at 9 months since my ACL injury. During training this week I was able to squat 490 pounds on the bar with another 150 pounds of chain. This is a much larger number than I was able to squat before my injury. I couldn’t have returned to my activities without Claire’s therapy. I know I would have pushed too hard and returned to soon which would have only caused me more issues and injuries.

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  • Name: Isaac D.Isaac Dumolt
  • Condition(s): ACL Tear/Sprain
  • Age at Treatment: 18
  • Age Today: 12/20/199922 Years

I tore my ACL during a wrestling match at a High School tournament. After surgery I needed physical therapy to help with my recovery. I needed someone that would help me get back to powerlifting, wrestling, and riding my dirt bike.

I went to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for my therapy and Claire Kopko was my physical therapist. She is an athlete herself and understood how important it was to me to get back to my activities. She worked with me at Nationwide Children’s and then gave me exercises that I could do at home. Each visit she talked to me about my progress and she educated me on what needed done and helped me learn the exercises that would help me recover. I wanted to get back to activities and sometimes thought I was ready before I really was. She helped me know when it was the right time for each activity. Claire educated me so that I didn’t return to something to soon and cause myself a setback. It was a stressful time and her guidance and support helped remove a lot of the worry related to my recovery.

I am now back to normal activities. I am able to complete all exercises required during my Criminology class at school and I have hill-climbed my dirt bike with no issue. I competed in a powerlifting meet in July 2018. Claire knew I was going to compete and made sure I understood that I should ease back into it and not pull too much. I was able to pull a 330 pound deadlift only 7 months after my injury with no problems. My knee felt great after the pull. I would have chose to pull more without her guidance. Pulling more would have been the wrong thing to do for my knee. She cares about her patients and she helped me to work hard and do the right things in therapy. She provided therapy and education that in combination helped me move forward not backward.

Since that meet I have continued to work on exercises that Claire taught me. I am now at 9 months since my ACL injury. During training this week I was able to squat 490 pounds on the bar with another 150 pounds of chain. This is a much larger number than I was able to squat before my injury. I couldn’t have returned to my activities without Claire’s therapy. I know I would have pushed too hard and returned to soon which would have only caused me more issues and injuries.

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