|12/1/00- McMorris to Transfer
|Early in the basketball season Karisa decided she would have to
transfer after the fall semester for financial reasons. She completed
the fall semester here, but left the basketball team in mid-November.
She has elected to go to Rowan, which is near her home in Sewell,
and she expects to join their basketball team after the fall semester
|11/3/00- McMorris Back on the Court
|Seven months after ACL surgery Karisa was cleared to return to
competitive basketball on 9/27/00 by Dr. Steve Zabinski. She completed
her rehab during the summer and has participated in each basketball
conditioning and practice session. Karisa returned to the court
on 10/21/00. She participated during the first week with her brace.
She then passed a functional testing program with the athletic training
staff required by Dr. Zabinksi and was cleared to compete without
her ACL brace. Karisa will continue rehabilitation during the season
3 days per week, focusing on maintaining her range of motion, proprioception,
and hamstring and quad strength.
is now just over 3 months post surgery. She continues to progress
extremely well. Her range of motion is within normal limits,
but she still has a bit more work to do with her flexion.
She has been jogging for several weeks now, and her weight room
work includes the leg press, hamstring curl, hip adduction, and
hip abduction. She has moved through her two foot stationary
hopping program. She returned to Dr. Zabinski last week and
she was cleared to begin a sprinting program and stationary hopping
on 1 foot. She will be working out on her own during the summer,
with periodic visits to our athletic training room for updates to
her rehabilitation program. Her focus will remain on her quad
and hamstring strengthening and now inlcude progressing through
her sprinting and new hopping programs.
|Karisa's progress has been excellent. She is about 6 weeks post
surgery and is ahead of schedule. She now has full extension
of her knee and her flexion as improved to 112 degrees. She
has been working on the leg press for a few weeks and her quad strength
has shown significant improvements. She has moved through her
coordinated stepping program, and continues on the stationary bike.
She returned to Dr. Zabinski yesterday, and was given the OK to begin
jogging, which she did today. Her rehabilitation program will
now begin to take on a more functional component and we will continue
to work on her quad/ hamstring strength and balance/ proprioception
|Karisa began her post-survery rehab on 2/16 ... she now gets to
start all over again! She will return to rehab for the rest
of semester at 5 days/ week. We again will focus on decreasing
her inflammation, and pain level, and begin to increase her motion
for knee flexion and extension. We will also focus on regaining
her quad control. One week ago she had 36 degrees of flexion,
today that has increased to 58 degrees. Her extension is 3 degrees
short of normal. She has progressed from walking with crutches
to using a cane this week. She also began riding the stationary
bike for 5 minutes.
|2/10/00: Knee Surgery Successful
|Karisa's knee surgery was completed this morning by Dr. Zabinski
at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, NJ. The surgery
went very well. Her MCL had healed up nicely and nothing was
done to it during the operation. Her ACL was replaced using
1/3 of her own patellar tendon, as planned, and she also had a partial
meniscal tear removed. She returned home on Thursday, and is
expected to begin rehab at Stockton sometime next week.
Karisa's MCL injury is healing
well as her laxity has decreased significantly from her original injury.
If all goes well her MCL will not need to be repaired in surgery.
Her quad contraction, control and strength are improving nicely.
She has begun 1/4 squats and step up's in rehab. Her knee flexion
has improved to 93 degrees. Karisa will continue with another
2-3 weeks of "Prehabilitation" with us. She will have surgery
to repair her ACL sometime during the 1st week or so of February.
Karisa has elected to go with a bone- patellar tendon- bone autograft,
which comes from her own knee.
|Her MRI revealed a complete ACL
tear, the MCL was completely torn off the medial femoral condyle,
and a medial mensical tear. There was some question whether
a Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injury was present. A significant
contusion of the lateral femoral condyle was also present. Her
priority for rehabilitation was to increase her knee flexion and further
increase her quad muscle strength. At the end of December, her
knee flexion was restricted to about 35 degrees mainly related to
her MCL tear. Karisa has been walking in her functional brace
without crutches for over 10 days. She needs to gain over 100
degrees of flexion before any knee surgery.
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Right: Post Dislocation