From Injured Soccer Recruit to College Rower: Diana

Ephslogo2_400x400I tore my ACL playing in a college showcase and had to have reconstructive surgery on my knee which caused me to miss my senior year soccer season. At the time, it was really hard for me to envision any type of recovery, but the positive environment Catz provided helped enormously. Chris worked with me throughout my eight month long rehab so that I could play sports again. Even though recovering from a knee injury can be a really long process, Chris had me focus on the baby steps (walking, squatting, running), and I was back to full strength before I knew it. Now I am rowing for Williams College and in the best shape of my life, and I couldn’t be more thankful to Chris and Catz for getting me here.


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Back in the Gym: Felicia

TestimonialI tore 3 ligaments in my ankle and needed partial reconstruction surgery & the removal of some cartilage on the exterior of my right ankle. Catz was UCLA_Bruins_script_logohonestly so amazing on helping me get back out on to the competition floor as quickly and safely as possible. Without the help of Chris and Catz, I wouldn’t be doing to sport that I love, pain free! I just signed my National Letter of Intent to UCLA for gymnastics and I will be joining the team during the summer!


Lower Extremity Injury Risk Following Concussion

concussionConcussion awareness continues to grow and many parents, coaches and medical staffs are now taking more cautious measures before allowing athletes to return to sport following a concussion, for the fear of sustaining a second one.  Something we may need to also consider is the risk for non-contact musculoskeletal injury due to lingering effects of the concussion. Continue reading “Lower Extremity Injury Risk Following Concussion”

Testimonial: Megan

My name is Megan and on January 2nd, I received the most detrimental news any young athlete could hear in their career. My doctor informed me that I had a torn lateral meniscus, an injury that could progressively worsen if not operated on immediately. Luckilyvillar my doctor would soon go onto operate on my knee. I am now blessed to say I am a lateral meniscus tear recovery, thanks to two amazing men in my life, Dr. James Lee Pace and Chris Butler. Without the amazing work of Chris & the Catz staff, I wouldn’t be able to sit here and share with you that I am fully recovered and close to fulfilling my dreams of playing collegiate basketball. He not only pushed me when he knew I could do more, but also stopped me when I asked to do more, without his perfect balance and knowledge of my injury and self motivation, I wouldn’t be where I am today. His passion for helping others recover made my recovery a breeze. I am truly grateful for his dedication and motivation.

What Happens to the Patellar Tendon Gap After ACL Harvest?…and other common ACL questions.

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A common question regarding ACL reconstructions is,  “does the patellar tendon gap heal after the central third is harvested for an ACL graft? This is a great question because as you can see in the photos below one of the patellar tendons appears normal when the quad is on tension, while the other has an obvious gap. Continue reading “What Happens to the Patellar Tendon Gap After ACL Harvest?…and other common ACL questions.”

Pediatric Heel Pain

soccer  As summer comes to a close and the fall sports season begins, many kids will begin or resume participation on organized sports teams and in school PE class.  This means an increase in growing kids experiencing heel pain, a very common condition known as Sever’s Disease or Sever’s Injury.  Continue reading “Pediatric Heel Pain”

Youth Athlete Patellofemoral Pain: Home Exercise Routine

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common knee disorders among the active population.  It is characterized by peripatellar pain during activity, descending stairs or with prolonged sitting.  All of these tasks sound like a typical day for an adolescent student-athlete.  The patellofemoral joint consists of the patella and its approximation within the distal femoral groove.IMG_1918 Continue reading “Youth Athlete Patellofemoral Pain: Home Exercise Routine”

Considerations for Adolescent ACL Reconstructions

Adolescent and young adult ACL reconstructions are a common diagnosis among my caseload.  I often get the opportunity to consult and or provide pre-operative physical therapy in many of these cases.  Nearly all of my ACL patients participate in athletics, so it’s imperative to return them to a high functional level.  Complete rehabilitation requires 9-12 months of focused therapy and dedicated hard work by the patient, but it’s also important to get off to a good start. Continue reading “Considerations for Adolescent ACL Reconstructions”

Baseball: Reducing Injury Risk in Pitching Mechanics


Injuries to the shoulder and elbow are common amongst baseball players and the topic of many studies in peer reviewed journals.  Previous studies have determined that joint forces at maximum external rotation (MER) and anterior joint instability are MERvalgusprime factors that lead to injury.(1, 2Continue reading “Baseball: Reducing Injury Risk in Pitching Mechanics”

ACL Return to Sport Testing

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With all the research available  regarding ACL surgeries, evidence for return to sport guidelines remain undefined.  Many athletes are cleared for return to sport 6-9 months post-op regardless of physical objective performance data.  In fact I’ve had athletes who rehabbed elsewhere come in for a one time visit to have me evaluate them for return to sport.  Continue reading “ACL Return to Sport Testing”