Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recently underwent surgery to repair tears to his ACL and LCL. We had the opportunity to ask Chiropractic Sports Physician Dr. Ray Solano questions about the injury to get his take on recovery, just how long RG3 will be sidelined and if the Redskins were right to keep him in.
Please provide a general overview of the injury and its overall impact.
Robert Griffin, III had successful surgery to reconstruct his ACL and repair his LCL this past Wednesday. According to Dr. James Andrews, his orthopedic surgeon, Griffin is expected to fully recover within six to eight months. This prognosis is expected to have him back for the 2013 season.
What recovery process for RG3 be like and how long do you expect him to be sidelined due to the injury?
Realistically speaking, my expectations are for Griffin to return closer to eight months. It’s still a short period of time, given the severity of the injury. Griffin has two major things in his favor that will speed up recovery; his phenomenal conditioning and his familiarity with the rigorous rehab that is expected of him. Griffin tore his same ACL at Baylor University in 2009.
Griffin’s rehab process will be rigorous but over the years this type of rehab has been accelerated to have players back at a faster rate. The first two to three months will be geared toward reducing the swelling on his knee, while the latter months are designed to increase joint mobility and strength. It's expected that Griffin will be rehabilitating his knee four to six hours a day. Toward the end of his rehab, he will be expected to participate in football specific movement patterns and drills which will eventually clear him for a return to play. It's very likely, in my opinion, that he will miss the first two games of the 2013 season.
Do you think the Redskins we're wrong by keeping RG3 in the Seahawks’ game?
There are many speculations about whether or not he should have been pulled from the game against the Seattle Seahawks, but regardless Griffin appeared to have re-injured his knee in the first quarter. My -thoughts are that the field conditions, together with a vulnerable knee and fourth-ranked Seattle defense, is what created the perfect storm and caused the injury. Either way, his surgery has a 90% success rate and I expect Griffin to be back on the field and perform just as before his injury. He has many athletic reserves, therefore upon his return Griffin will still be that explosive and game changing quarterback that Redskins fans have come to embrace. Even if he does miss a step, the average person will not be able to tell.
Dr. Solano is a great follow on Twitter @DrRaySolano. He provides constant updates on sports injuries and does a great job interacting with his growing group of followers.