When life-long soccer player and avid snowboarder Anthony Zuliani suffered a partial tear of his left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which keeps the knee stable, he reached out to Kyle Low, MD, at PIH Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for a second opinion.
A highly trained sports medicine specialist, Dr. Low determined that Anthony could either opt for reconstruction surgery or to heal the partial tear with proper rehabilitation.
Anthony chose the latter route and enrolled in physical therapy. The ACL eventually healed, and Anthony resumed soccer. But the following year, 31-year-old Anthony suffered another injury — a completely torn ACL.
“I reconnected with Dr. Low, who ordered a new MRI,” said Anthony. “The results were pretty conclusive. This time, the injury would not heal without surgery.”
Anthony underwent ACL reconstruction surgery in July 2016 at PIH Health Hospital - Whittier, where Dr. Low used a minimally invasive ‘all inside’ technique that allows in fewer incisions, less postoperative pain and faster recovery.
After undergoing eight weeks of physical therapy at PIH Health La Mirada, Anthony’s knee is stable and not limited in any way.
“We always strive to return patients to their previous level of function after injuries,” said Dr. Low. “Anthony stuck to his postoperative physical therapy and today his knee is stable and he’s doing great.”
Adds Anthony, “Between full-time work and school, I have not returned to playing soccer just yet, but I’m looking forward to getting back on the slopes and snowboarding.”