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How far would you go?

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  Skiers are always a great crowd, yet the other day came across an athlete that really impressed me w/ her commitment to health & her sport.  I received an inquiry about posterior knee soreness limiting activity after a repair, therapy, & unsuccessful return to gym / cross training.  I heard about how after regaining motion in the knee, insurance truncated her physical therapy.  This is a known issue for just about any clinician treating the more active focused subset: basic activities of daily living are the driver of receiving care & often there is a gap from "congratulations, you can graduate from PT" to race season starts in 8 weeks.


  I provided the guidance I could & to a large degree this was "get your self in w/ a solid orthopod or musculoskeletal provider (PT or Chiro) & identify the causative issue to form a direction in care."


 The next line was what really impressed, as she informed that she was either coming to see me from 300 miles away or hopping a flight to the Steadman Clinic.  In our current society where being negligent to oneself is so commonplace, this was really inspiring to see someone taking ownership of their care. 


  Obviously, we all can't fly to our providers.  My question to the masses: how far would you or have you gone to handle your care?



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Have never really needed to travel uber far, though I'm considering among other things the Sanders Clinic for my next ACL.  In general, good ortho docs and PTs can be found within a reasonable distance of anywhere, if someone looks. 


In terms of mindset, there's the "how far for surgery in terms of miles," and "how far committed in terms of successful PT."  I've known a few people who completely stressed over getting the "best" surgeon, and who then in my opinion were amazingly negligent with their own PT, to the point where a couple ACLs ended up with permanently affected gaits, for instance, and you could see it was going to happen in the first two weeks post-op. 


Plane tickets are cheap, so travel isn't a big deal for surgery.  I knew one person who went way out of his way to get his knee done at the start of a 9-day vacation at a ski town, because he liked the vibe and thought the surgeon was as good as back home.  I thought that was cool.

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