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Old 05-27-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Tore my ACL, What can I expect?

Sharkbait's thread inspired (maybe not the right word) me to make a thread about my knee ailment.

Sprained my MCL and completely tore my ACL playing softball a few weeks ago. Been on crutches, a leg immobilizer and vicodin for 2 weeks. I have an appointment today with the sports medicine doctor to figure out what theyare going to do.

Anyone else done this? Can I pretty much expect to need surgery?


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Old 05-27-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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Pain. Doctors' appointments. Discomfort. Regret. Surgery. Pain. Physical Therapy. Loneliness. Chemical dependence. Self loathing. Follow-up visits. Detox. Training. Ironman triathlon. Book deal.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:41 PM   #3
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hate to say this but my knee was never the same after
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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Can I pretty much expect to need surgery?
You can live with a torn ACL if you don't want to have surgery.

Here is a random web article on the subject:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...7/ai_n9977558/

My wife tore her ACL skiing about 4 years ago. She had surgery, did the PT, and now it NEVER bothers her. She still bikes, skis, and runs.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:43 PM   #5
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You will need surgery if you want to stay active. Just go through it and rehab as much and as quickly as possible. Get off the meds quick (save them for later) and get weight on the leg fast. You will recover fairly quick. I tore snowboarding in Feb, 7 years ago and I was boarding the next winter, allbeit at about 75% of ability.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:43 PM   #6
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My good buddy tore his ACL about 5 years ago. He was young. He had the surgery and after about 6 months of recovery he was good as new. Bothers him now and then, but he is mostly ok. I'd go for the surgery if you can afford it.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
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If it makes you feel any better, I'm only 30 and looking at having both knees replaced. But not before I crush them into powder, so I figure I have a little bit of time before I go bionic, or have carbon fiber knees... Those are hard to damage.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:46 PM   #8
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Stock up on the pain meds now while you can. Ditch the vicodin for percocet.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:46 PM   #9
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My dad popped his riding dirtbikes about 12 years ago.

Lived a whole summer with it not repaired so he wouldn't have downtime. He couldn't kickstart a dirtbike (range of motion where ACL provides help) and every once and a while he would step funny and go down like a sack of potatoes.


He had it repaired, was a record recovery (never on crutches at all), and he hasn't ever had an issue since the surgery.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #10
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Tore my ACL a few years back. I had the surgery (graffed my hamstring) and my knee is back to normal again. I did go through a few months of physical theropy, as well as having a needle stuck in my knee to drain it 4 times but other than that its good. Good luck.-john
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:48 PM   #11
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You will need surgery if you want to stay active. Just go through it and rehab as much and as quickly as possible. Get off the meds quick (save them for later) and get weight on the leg fast. You will recover fairly quick. I tore snowboarding in Feb, 7 years ago and I was boarding the next winter, allbeit at about 75% of ability.
yeah, getting weight on it fast is something I really want to do. My thigh muscle on that leg, is about 50% what it used to be. It's kind of freaky.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:50 PM   #12
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My good buddy tore his ACL about 5 years ago. He was young. He had the surgery and after about 6 months of recovery he was good as new. Bothers him now and then, but he is mostly ok. I'd go for the surgery if you can afford it.

I have insurance, so I should only have to pay 10%
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:51 PM   #13
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When you buy a house, buy a single story. Stairs are gonna be a bitch when you get older.

My wife tore her ACL skiing about 9 years ago. Had surgery. Stairs are a problem already. Luckily we'll not be living in our current house for too many more years, so before it's gets too bad we'll be looking at a single story dwelling.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:52 PM   #14
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When you buy a house, buy a single story. Stairs are gonna be a bitch when you get older.
DONE! although the home theater/man cave is downstairs in the finished basement, but it's all good.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:52 PM   #15
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DONE! although the home theater/man cave is downstairs in the finished basement, but it's all good.
Get one of those old people stair scooters...
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:53 PM   #16
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Tore mine 7 years ago. Still in pain Recovery time, whats that? If you're fit you'll have no problems... other than the lingering life long pain.

Enjoy!!!
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Had mine done in February. I had (along with a severed ACL) 4 tears in the medial and lateral meniscii. I'd already had a meniscus job done on the same knee about 12 years ago...I'm 32.

Mine was pretty bad, so the had to open me right up instead of just using a scope through a few little holes. 28 metal staples to close up the incision and ancillary cuts.

I actually went into shock after my operation because my knee was bleeding badly and all of the demerol they inject into the knee cavity leaked out. 'Twas not fun...

Anyhoo, 2 weeks of nothing but laying around and a lot of discomfort. I was on a mix of Oxycontin and Oxycodone, which worked fairly well but I had some pretty kooky hallucinations.

On crutches w/ an ankle->crotch brace for 6 weeks. After that I could walk without too much of a limp, but it still felt (and feels) somewhat unsteady, probably because my leg wasted away...

I think I have about a year recovery before I can play hockey again, FWIW. Right now, it's still a bit sore and a bit weak, but I can deal with that. This is my 3rd knee job and I've had a shoulder job (bankart repair) so I recognize that I will recover past this stage pretty quickly.
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When you buy a house, buy a single story. Stairs are gonna be a bitch when you get older.

My wife tore her ACL skiing about 9 years ago. Had surgery. Stairs are a problem already. Luckily we'll not be living in our current house for too many more years, so before it's gets too bad we'll be looking at a single story dwelling.
How old? Did she have other knee issues?

My Dad was 40ish when his happened, 51 now, he can still hike all day.
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No way, but I do want a hoveround
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You will need surgery if you want to stay active. Just go through it and rehab as much and as quickly as possible. Get off the meds quick (save them for later) and get weight on the leg fast. You will recover fairly quick. I tore snowboarding in Feb, 7 years ago and I was boarding the next winter, allbeit at about 75% of ability.
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I tore mine at 30, along with a partial PCL tear (that healed on its own), and 2 lateral tears in my meniscus. They replaced the ACL with my patellar tendon and put a couple of stitches in my meniscus, which took the longest amount of time to heal.

Looking back, it was just a small bump in the road, as today my knee is stronger than ever (years of skateboarding and slamming). I still do everything I did before (snowboarding and skateboarding, club league tennis) and go about my days not even thinking about the injury.

Just be sure to get back onto it as soon as you can and PT!!! Can't stress this enough. Stay disciplined and do your pt. Stretch and move it as much as possible. When they say do 20 minutes on the bike, do 30 if you can. Do your stretches as much as you can, wherever you can. If you take care of it, and there aren't any technical difficulties, you'll be back pretty quickly.
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Had mine done in February. I had (along with a severed ACL) 4 tears in the medial and lateral meniscii. I'd already had a meniscus job done on the same knee about 12 years ago...I'm 32.

Mine was pretty bad, so the had to open me right up instead of just using a scope through a few little holes. 28 metal staples to close up the incision and ancillary cuts.

I actually went into shock after my operation because my knee was bleeding badly and all of the demerol they inject into the knee cavity leaked out. 'Twas not fun...

Anyhoo, 2 weeks of nothing but laying around and a lot of discomfort. I was on a mix of Oxycontin and Oxycodone, which worked fairly well but I had some pretty kooky hallucinations.

On crutches w/ an ankle->crotch brace for 6 weeks. After that I could walk without too much of a limp, but it still felt (and feels) somewhat unsteady, probably because my leg wasted away...

I think I have about a year recovery before I can play hockey again, FWIW. Right now, it's still a bit sore and a bit weak, but I can deal with that. This is my 3rd knee job and I've had a shoulder job (bankart repair) so I recognize that I will recover past this stage pretty quickly.
Yeah, I'm thinking it's not going to be that bad. I can put pressure on my leg, but the knee still buckles out from under me from time to time.
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I'm 25 and I'm probably only ten years off my first knee tear. Stairs hurt, crouching is excrutiating, weather changes make them ache etc.

Do absolutely everything the doctor tells you and go all out in PT. I didn't do much of anything and I'm a wreck.

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How old? Did she have other knee issues?

My Dad was 40ish when his happened, 51 now, he can still hike all day.
She's fine with most things. It's not a day-to-day pain. But she recognizes that stairs are an issue. The few times she's tried to carry something semi-heavy up or down she's almost fallen due to her knee buckling. Needless to say I always get to carry the kids up and down. Luckily they're mostly old enough to do this on their own now.

She's 29 now, so she was 19 or 20 when she did it. Happened before I knew her.
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You should get off the crutches and start putting weight on it now. There's no reason to be crutching around so much...except for sympathy.
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