14 year old's ACL injury story/ reconstruction recovery

Hi! I am 14 years old. i tore my ACL at the end of my varsity bball season. i was posting a girl up, and they were throwing the ball in and when i jumped to get it i fell on the girl's foot, and felt this terrible pop in my knee. my dad & lots of my friends have had the injury so at first it scared me. I fell to the ground crying in pain. My coach made me stretch it out, and it popped back in place. i knew i had done something bad to it. It was HUGE! that night i went to the hospital, and they assured me that it was just a sprain, so i was relived!! but my dad had the same injury, and made sure i got an MRI.


I got an MRI about a week later, and it showed that i had torn my ACL, and it was completely gone. I was so upset! i cried all day!! I love basketball, and it is my favorite sport!!! I knew this meant no running or training, and when i saw my team for the first time I cried again. Thank goodness, i get to play next year!!

I went to the orthopedic surgeon, and wanted to get the surgery ASAP, but had to wait 2 months to rehab it. So, i went to physical therapy for about a month and a half before my surgery. They had me as normal as i could be without an ACL.

I had my surgery April 13. they found that i also tore my Meniscus, and fixed that as well.

I am doing pretty good. pain hasn't been bad. it will be a week tomorrow, and i have already had 2 therapy sessions. they have me doing the exercise bike, leg lifts, side leg lifts,leg lifts on your stomach, pushing a pillow down, pulling it back as far as i can, pushing a ball down, mini wall sits, lite weights, and the leg press. the only one i have a hard time doing is the stomach leg lifts and they said that was bcuz of my hamstring graft.

The worse part for me was wearing this huge brace locked, thank goodness i am unlocked to 30 degrees now when walking, and 90 degrees when sitting. I do have a lot of swelling though.

They expect me back to playing bball with a functional ACL brace at 6 months & running at 3 months.

I wish all people good luck with their ACL recovery & appreciate any comments or tips!!!

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Sep 30, 2016
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Confused patella vs hamstring graft NEW
by: Nazan

My 14 year old daughter tore her ACL due to an impact in a soccer game 20 Sep 2016. Her growth plates are mostly closed or very close to be closing. So far we have seen 5 doctors and one recommended hamstring, two cadaver, two patella tendon graft. We out rules the cadaver as we read many rupture incidents. Since Jesse is a competitive soccer player and a very fast track runner we do not think cadaver is the right choice for her. Right now we are so undecided on what is the best graft for Jesse patella or hamstring so she can go back to playing high level soccer and can go back to running and jumping without pain and limitations. She has been physical theraphy the last 3 weeks and as of yesterday she can straighten her leg all the way since injury previously she had trouble achieving this. She does not complain about pain and her knee has not given away yet. We think it is time just need help deciding graft choice. Out graft choice will determine which Doctor we will go with since most doctors are better one or the other graft procedure. Thank you!

Sep 20, 2016
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Well written NEW
by: Anonymous

Nicely written. It reads like you are revovering nicely. I hope you got back to basketball.

Aug 04, 2016
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WHEN to do surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

In response to a question below:
Male and female, Growth plates vary person to person. I know that the elite surgeons won't wait for growth plates and will still do a phenom job. The hardest part is rehab and that sticking to a plan from a great surgeon is key

Jul 05, 2016
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My ACL/Maniscus Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 14 years old. I am a premiere soccer player. I tore my ACL April 7th and had surgery April 13th. Drug the surgery they found out I also had a partial tear in my Maniscus. I got the brace of in four weeks and was able to run two months later. I will be able to return to playing soccer in less than two weeks! I recommend making a journal of all your PT exercises and all of you accomplishments. For me, it was very helpful. I still use it to this day. Good luck on your recovery! God bless:)

Jun 24, 2016
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by: Anonymous

Probably a year or a most 9 months

Jun 24, 2016
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13 year old track runner NEW
by: Anonymous

I tore my acl 5 months ago and we just got me Into the doctor I have a torn acl , does anyone know how quickly I'll be back to running and playing contact sports ?

Apr 04, 2016
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To the 15 year old football player NEW
by: Kyra

No, if it is bothering you and you want to play again the get the surgery asap and start your recovery. Also if you want. You should change your doctor/surgen to get it dont faster. That what I did so I could play basketball again
Im 16 and on an elite level team. The surgery isn't so bad but once you start recovery you need to really wprk and maybe ho to training to build that muscle again. Like I did. It helps a ton☺️ Good luck!

Apr 03, 2016
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Will I wait until I'm fully grown NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 15 years old and I tore my acl 9 months ago. The surgeon told me that he didn't want to do surgery on my knee because of the risk of damaging my growth plates but he said he can do the surgery straight away if I wanted too. He put me on a long waiting list and he said it would take a year and a half to get the surgery. My knee is given me lots of pain if I bend it and sometimes when I'm walking. I want to get back at football ASAP so do you think that I should have the surgery now or wait until I'm 17

Sep 30, 2015
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Apr 29, 2015
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ACL NEW
by: Anonymous

This story helped a little. I am 15, I just very recently tore my ACL and MCL.My surgery is in 2 weeks and I am scared to death. I have never gotten surgery on anything before in my life. How was the surgery for you? This has been very very emotional for me and my family because we are a basketball family and I have been playing varsity since the 8th grade. What are some ways that helped you come with this whole things emotionally?? I am very nervous and very upset this is happening.

Apr 25, 2015
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How do you feel now? NEW
by: Anonymous

so, how are you feeling now? My daughter is 14 and just tore hers a month ago, we are trying to have surgery soon, so she can get back to playing hockey. Are you feeling comfortable playing basketball now? Thanks for any info

Sep 25, 2014
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Any advice NEW
by: F.H

I am 14 years and 10 months old last week i had a football injury during the match and i had MRI scan and we got told that i have mild tear in my interior cruciate ligament(ACL).I will have to go threw physiotherapy for 2 weeks and then i will be informed if i have to undergo surgery or i must wait till i have fully grown to take surgery.But they are worried from the surgery because it may affect my growth (may one leg be shorter than the other one).
I would appreciate it if you recommend any advice.Do you think physiotherapy is enough to avoid the surgery.

Sep 25, 2014
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Any advice NEW
by: F.H

I am 14 years and 10 months old last week i had a football injury during the match and i had MRI scan and we got told that i have mild tear in my interior cruciate ligament(ACL).I will have to go threw physiotherapy for 2 weeks and then i will be informed if i have to undergo surgery or i must wait till i have fully grown to take surgery.But they are worried from the surgery because it may affect my growth (may one leg be shorter than the other one).
I would appreciate it if you recommend any advice.Do you think physiotherapy is enough to avoid the surgery.

Aug 30, 2014
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prevent acl injury NEW
by: chudi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWBSf4BfKRk
here's a link for any of you looking for ways to prevent an acl injury or another acl injury.
hope it helps

Aug 30, 2014
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prevent acl injury NEW
by: chudi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWBSf4BfKRk
here's a link for any of you looking for ways to prevent an acl injury or another acl injury.
hope it helps

Aug 26, 2014
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thanks NEW
by: chudi

Super inspiring, i hope my acl as well as everyone else gets repaired and we can all continue living our sports again.
thanks

May 27, 2014
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The Second Tear NEW
by: A.J.

I first hurt my knee on Mother's Day 2009 in a basketball semi finals game, but i told myself that i was not giving up. I continued to play even though my ACL was torn i had gotten a knee brace from the doctor. After a long hard AAU season i finally had surgery and sat out my 10th grade year. i played 11th and 12th grade and then i was recruited to play college basketball and softball. I made it all through basketball season with no problems but i later tore my ACL in my other knee on the last softball game of the season. I will be having surgery next week and i cant wait to go to rehab so i can get back on the court and field with my teammates.

May 05, 2014
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14 yr old post acl surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

My 14 year old son ruptured his ACL and tore his MCL when he was 13. The first ortho surgeon we saw wasnt prepared to operate until he was 16 (to avoid damaging growth plates). However because my son was an active sportsman I got a second opinion. The 2nd surgeon advocated surgery as the consequences of someone like my son who is an active rugby, touch, tag, rugby league, basketball player not having surgery is greatly outweighed by the potential damage that could be done by not having surgery...ie. doing irreparable damage to his meniscus etc. He is currently 9 weeks post surgery and has physio sessions twice per week. His surgeon believes he will be physically able to play rugby by 8-9 months but we have decided together to wait 12 months. So rugby is out for 2014......but he will be back bigger and stronger for 2015.

May 05, 2014
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14 yr old post acl surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

My 14 year old son ruptured his ACL and tore his MCL when he was 13. The first ortho surgeon we saw wasnt prepared to operate until he was 16 (to avoid damaging growth plates). However because my son was an active sportsman I got a second opinion. The 2nd surgeon advocated surgery as the consequences of someone like my son who is an active rugby, touch, tag, rugby league, basketball player not having surgery is greatly outweighed by the potential damage that could be done by not having surgery...ie. doing irreparable damage to his meniscus etc. He is currently 9 weeks post surgery and has physio sessions twice per week. His surgeon believes he will be physically able to play rugby by 8-9 months but we have decided together to wait 12 months. So rugby is out for 2014......but he will be back bigger and stronger for 2015.

Apr 07, 2014
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Still Growing, Surgery or No? NEW
by: Anonymous

Doctors say that they don't suggest teenagers who are still growing to get a surgery because they drill a hole in your knee and it can effect the way your leg grows? So are we supposed to wait and do nothing for another 1-2 years? This time period is way too long for an athlete to miss out..

Feb 25, 2014
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Take what's yours. NEW
by: Anonymous

So on Friday December 6, 2013 we won our second straight State Title and had back-to-back 15-0 seasons. On Thursday January 9, 2014, three moths and two days post surgery I was cleared not only to run but wrestle in our JV tournament we were hosting that weekend. I was so excited!!!! I went 3-0 in the tournament, pinned everyone in the first period and won first place. So my word to you and anyone else who reads this, is that I didn't recovery from an ACL tear and surgery in literally just three months on my own, but I takes a lot of positive attitude, hard work, determination, and perseverance and give God the glory! If you want something bad enough, don't let anybody get I your way and stop you. Find a way to power through and work hard so you can just take it and prove everyone wrong!

Feb 25, 2014
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Take what's yours" NEW
by: Anonymous

So the very next day on Tuesday October 8, 2013 I had my first rehab session. Towards the end of the session I asked the guys how long it generally took to recovery from an ACL surgery and he said, "About 4-6 months, but it really depends on the individual. You'll probably be back around the beginning of April." So I said, "Well, the Alabama Wrestling State Championship tournament is always around mid to late February, do you think I could make it bCk int time for that?" Then he answered back saying, "That would be pushing it." I was devastated, but then again I really wasn't, throughout the whole weekend my attitude was the best out of any ACL tear every, I was so calm and collective, but right then I had a decision to make make, I could either let this defeat me or prove everyone wrong. A couple of weeks later we had our senior night and had to walk half way across the field and present a rose to our parents, I of course was still on crutches, I had to carry the rose in my mouth, it was one of the happiest moments of my life and nearly made my mom cry seeming how big my smile was. So then I was determined that I would not only make it back in time for the ending of my senior year of wrestling season but I was going to make it back for the football season. No one thinks that I will, butadiene four and a half weeks I was able to start running on my own with out a brace, then on Memorial Day I got the ok to dress out for the football State championship game, then the day before the the big game, the doctor who did my surgery said that I could warm up with the team and play. I was so pumped!

Feb 25, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Oh and by the way we ended up beating the crap out of Bessemer city 48-7. Anyways looking back at it now I looked kind of funny falling but it has taken me a while just to get to that point. The next day on Monday October 7, 2013i woke up at 6:00 A.M. to 'attempt' to shower so I could make it on time for a 7:00 A.M. appointment I had at the hospital. First I had an x-Ray, then at about 8-8:30 I had an MRI, I had completely torn my ACL. A clean tear. After that I went to a patients room where I waited for about three hours. At around 1:00 P.M. the doctor who examined me on the sidelines who was also going to conduct my surgery came in to check up on me and to let me know that I was fixing to under go ACL surgery. I told him, "Ok!" I was really nervous because I was already in so much pain, then I asked him how long the surgery would last, and he said, "I'd say roughly about one hour- hour and a half to two hours at the most. Just before falling a sleep I looked at the time, "1:21." I was gonna try and test his guessing accuracy, haha. But I eventually woke back up and I still thought that he hasn't even done my surgery yet. So I asked the doc. and he laughs and says, "Yeah, it went really well!" Then I asked how long ago did I finish surgery and he says, "Not too long ago. About 20-30 minutes ago." In my mind I was like "HA! You sir, were wrong at predicting the length!" I was so messed up but still capable of understanding everything that was going on.

Feb 25, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I'm a two support athlete, so I'm pretty busy throughout the year. But on Friday October 4, 2013 week six of the football season we were playing Bessemer city who were talking a ton of smack the whole week say this and that and how they're the next Hoover (the high school team I play on). First play I get in they run a fake punt. I chased the guy to the outside towards their sideline and I'm about to tackle him right as I'm to reach my arms out he stops and spins behind me. So I try to stick my right foot to cut back and at least grab cloth to slow him down. But when I stuck my foot in the ground I heard and felt a HUGE pop, one like no other. Off balance I continued my stride on my left foot flew uncontrollably and unwillingly in the air and landed on the Bessemer city side line. I laid there for about the longest five seconds of my life and I couldn't not even to save my life figure out way to physically get my self puff of the ground, then I hear from their head coach, "Hey, ok son?" I didn't answer but I got up immediately after that and hobbled across the sideline but stopped and limped after I was three fourths of the way there, and nearly collapsed on our sideline. I was told that I probably tore my ACL. My senior year first play I got in on the biggest game of the season.but my mom grief stricken convinced the doctor to get me an early x-Ray, MRI, and possible surgery. The following Sunday I went to attend our Sunday practice in which I received many apologies and best wishes. I watched the film from our previous game and recorded where I fell.

Feb 25, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I'm a two support athlete, so I'm pretty busy throughout the year. But on Friday October 4, 2013 week six of the football season we were playing Bessemer city who were talking a ton of smack the whole week say this and that and how they're the next Hoover (the high school team I play on). First play I get in they run a fake punt. I chased the guy to the outside towards their sideline and I'm about to tackle him right as I'm to reach my arms out he stops and spins behind me. So I try to stick my right foot to cut back and at least grab cloth to slow him down. But when I stuck my foot in the ground I heard and felt a HUGE pop, one like no other. Off balance I continued my stride on my left foot flew uncontrollably and unwillingly in the air and landed on the Bessemer city side line. I laid there for about the longest five seconds of my life and I couldn't not even to save my life figure out way to physically get my self puff of the ground, then I hear from their head coach, "Hey, ok son?" I didn't answer but I got up immediately after that and hobbled across the sideline but stopped and limped after I was three fourths of the way there, and nearly collapsed on our sideline. I was told that I probably tore my ACL. My senior year first play I got in on the biggest game of the season.but my mom grief stricken convinced the doctor to get me an early x-Ray, MRI, and possible surgery. The following Sunday I went to attend our Sunday practice in which I received many apologies and best wishes. I watched the film from our previous game and recorded where I fell.

Dec 23, 2013
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ACL Help? NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a 15 year old girl who is passionate about soccer. I practiced 5 days a week. Recently, in October, I tore my right ACL and my Meniscus during a match. I got my surgery just on friday, and I've started physio therapy. I know the rehabilitation time will be 12 months, but after that, I don't know whether to go back and play soccer again. Of course I want to. There's nothing more I want to do right now, however the doctors have told me that because of my age and because I'm a girl, that my chances of rupturing my left ACL are pretty high. But then again I REALLY want to play soccer. Help? Any thoughts on what I should do..?

Sep 30, 2013
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Possible 4th ACL tear NEW
by: Madie

My name is Madie. I'm 18 and a Sophmore playing collegiate soccer. When I was 13, and a freshman in high school, I made the varsity soccer squad and was starting at left mid. I made it to my 3 game with 13 minutes left in the second half when the ball was being passed to meat the center of the field. I flicked the ball with my right foot and started to pivot with my left. As I did, my life changed forever. I literally feel my ACL tear. It popped and was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. And at 13, I was terrified! I started screaming and crying - I had no idea what was happening! I thought I'd never play again! Turns out I tore my ACL and meniscus. Got surgery. Got better. Went back at it. Next year, made it to the 6th game, was playing defense, pivoted my right foot and the same thing happened. That time I was pissed. I was angry I had to go through it again! Got surgery. Got better. Both were hamstring grafts used. Summer time going into my junior year of high school, playing pick up with the boys just 6 months out from surgery. Forgot my brace, thought no big deal - one day won't hurt. Flicked the ball with my left, pivoted right and retore my right ACL. I knew it but I played it off, telling myself it wasn't it even though I knew. I was 15 - it couldn't have happened 3 times...sure enough it was, but I already lost 2 years of high school so I played on it that season. Hurt like hell - esp. Pivot shifting. After the season, got surgery. Got better. I went through my senior year, got recruited to a local school to play soccer - made it through the first year and now I'm a Sophmore and were not even half through the season. Last Tuesday we had a shooting practice. I had a sharp angle with a weird cut. When I planted my left foot and pivoted to shoot with my right, it popped. Now, I'm had a lot of scar tissue so I figured it was a big tear if scar tissue but it kept hurting and normally it doesn't. I finished practice and asked the athletic trainer to take a look...she said it was loose. Got an MRI, radiologist said a small tear. Went to an ortho, said it was fine just loose. Now I'm heading to my usual doctor and I'm scared for life. I mean 4 times? It's hard to walk as it is but I can't give up something I can't imagine my life without....I just don't know what to do or what they'll tell me and it makes me angry it keeps happening...I'm 18- this shouldn't be happening to me! I don't think it's my ACL but something doesn't feel right...

Aug 12, 2013
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double acl
by: Anonymous

I tore my right ACL when I was 13 playing soccer. I had surgery, and recovered in 6 months. My 3 soccer practice back from my right ACL injury, I tore my left ACL. I am now out for a year. Always take more time than the doctors tell you to. trust me, its worth it.

Jun 13, 2013
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Sad Day
by: Blew my knew

It was the start of Sophomore basketball season, and I made varsity. It was our preseason tournament up, which only included about 3 games. We had made it to the championship game. There were about 3-4 minutes left in the game and we were down by 10. I had the ball I drove into the lane, to try and score. Well that didn't go as planned. A girl from the opposing team slid over to stop me. So planted with my left foot and turned away to rid of the ball. As soon as I planted I felt my move, like it popped out of place and come back in. As soon as I hit the ground, I started crying and if anyone knows me I don't cry. So that was the big indicator that something was wrong. I went to the ER, they said it looks like a sprain but didnt know for sure. So I went and had a MRI, I had torn my ACL, MCL, and meniscus. My season was over. I was my coaches first ACL injury.

Apr 17, 2013
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Tore it too...
by: Anonymous

Hi :) I am a 14 year old too in 8th grade and i tore my acl playing school volleyball at the beginging of the year.... I was jumping to hit a ball during warm up and herd a snap and passed out because it hurt really bad! I am now after 6 months of rehab after surgery, i am currently starting track at my school, and with about a month more of phicical therapy i will be let go to start basketball and volleyball soon! Surgery wasn't very fun to me because I got very sick from the anestetics and couldn't leave the hospital until I could hold down food. But good luck with recovery and I hope you return to basketball soon!:D
-Aub

Oct 19, 2012
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Torn acl
by: Anonymous

I am fourteen and in my 8th grade year of basketball season I had gotten the ball from the other team and was going full force down the court as I was running I fell and felt my knee give out it was a very weird pain.but I hate it's when girls cry in sports so I can assure I wasn't going to cry no matter how bad it hurt the next day I went to the doctors he said I probably tore my meniscus so later that week I went for an MRI and I did so with in a month I had surgery and while he was in surgery he noticed that my acl was also torn but couldn't not fix it because he was not sure if my growth plates were completely closed so later I got an X-ray to see if it was ok for me to go a head and get my acl reconstructed and sure enough I was we had it scheduled and i ended up have pneumonia so was not able to under go surgery Which really upset me because softball was comin up and its my pride and joy and from what I have heard it takes at least 6 months to recover and be fully active again and softball season starts in 4 months I'm not really sure what to do because I can not miss another season
I am debating if I should wait to get surgery until after the season and just play with my knee brace and just hope I don't hurt it any more then it is and suggestions ?

Oct 08, 2012
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whats wrong with my knees?
by: Anonymous

i ruptured my left acl playing soccer at the beginning of 2008 ( when i was 12). The surgeon told me to wait until i had grown to get surgery so i spent two and a half years wearing a carbon fiber knee brace. This wasnt so bad as i was still able to run and play soccer just not at the same level as i was before.I finally got surgery exactly two years ago to this day ( 2010). My rehab initially went fine but after five months i started getting pain in the outside of my right knee and then a simmilar pain in my left knee. This pain continued and my rehab started to regress. Here i am now two years and five physios later, my knees and legs are painfull everyday and know one can quite work out whats happened to my knees.

Oct 05, 2012
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Devastation!
by: Mal

Well i have torn my acl about 6 weeks ago now and my surgeon and stuff told me to wait until January9 3months from now) to have the surgery. I am a dancer but innured it during a game of basketball. I hate it so much, and i just keep feeling sorry for myself. Your article has given me a boost, and a bit of confidence! Thankyou, and Im really glad these articles are out there for people. I will definitely be making a video log during my time of recovery and the rehab! Thankyou again!

Sep 07, 2012
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Best of Luck to You
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I had my left ACL reconstructed back on May 21st...my 2nd ACL surgery in the past 10 years. I tore my right one back in 2001. My most recent injury came when I was playing softball. I was in left field and came up to throw and when I planted, my knee buckled and I heard that awful "pop". The player beside me in centerfield said they even heard it pop. I knew immediately that it was my ACL. That's a sound and pain you will never forget. I am doing well now and the dr. said I should be playing sports again by December. My advice to you is to keep doing what you are doing. Make sure you do everything your therapists tell you and if they give you "homework" to do at home, do it. It will make they whole rehab process go much easier for you. I wish you luck in your recovery and you will be playing ball again in no time.

Sep 05, 2012
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Netball
by: T

Im 16, have been playing netball for 10 years now, and this year was my biggest year i had netball training every night and games every weekend. In one of my games i landed wrong and got told nothing was wrong just a sprain. I decided to get a MRI because i still couldnt walk after 2 weeks turned out i completley tore my ACL, and miniscus i got surgery 1 month after it happened, im now into 2 months of my rocovery. For me it has been slow because iv been so scared, not sure why maybe because i know ill never be as good as i was or the fact iv lost everything i worked so hard for but i do my exercises every day, physio once a week and hydrotheropy once a week. I find it hard to even go watch a game of netball because that could be me out there and i just want to play again. It has been a slow process but im gaining my muscle back in my thigh and hopefully will be able to start running in another 1 or 2 months and got told have to wait enough 9 months before i play any sport again.

Aug 26, 2012
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Wrestling acl tear.
by: Anonymous

Wrestling was my life. In the first practice of my Junior year I tore my acl wrestling our heavyweight. I ended up wrestling the entire season on it by popping it back into place when it would "dislocate". When the season ended, I got it checked out, underwent surgery, and after a very grueling rehab, came back for the next season stronger then ever and am now wrestling in college.

Aug 21, 2012
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Surgery
by: Anonymous

To all of you who are reading this and has had an ACL surgery, ( complete tair), how long does it take to wake up from anesthesia?

Jul 31, 2012
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My experience
by: Lia

Hi I'm 14 and I tore my Right ACL during my girls bball game it was a fast brake and the girl came in to close to steal the ball and I quickly turned around and I felt something poped and I fell to the ground. I went to the Hospital and they told me it was just a sprain.2 weeks later I got am MRI and I went to a sport medicine doctor and he told me.i couldn't get surgery right away because I still had growth plates so they waited until June 26 and that's when he found out I tore my lateral meniscus. It been 5 weeks and now he wants me to bend it into a 90 but I feel like it might pop! The doctor said I have to weaken it and then strength it back up I lost most of my muscle in my right thigh! I cry sometimes because I still can't beileve this happened. I just want to walk I go back August 10 to see if I can start putting weight on it. What should I expect during Physical Therapy? Will my knee&musucles ever be the same?

Jun 14, 2012
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Torn ACL On The Eve Of Vacation
by: Anonymous

I'm 18 years old and used to play football 3 times a week for a professional club. Last Friday, I tore my ACL under a crunching tackle from one of my teammates during a practice game. (I forgave him when he called me up that night to apologize) The swelling was reasonable and as the doctor suspected, the MRI revealed a torn ACL. Wee are leaving for a family holiday to Turkey tomorrow and I'm really nervous about how much I will be able/unable to walk. :( Hope it all works out well. Will proceed for surgery 3 weeks after I'm back.

Jun 12, 2012
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acl
by: Anonymous

i tore my acl in february and im also 14 while fighting in a judo tournament but didnt think it was torn and neither did my doctor until after the 2nd time my knee went out about 2 months later.i was really upset that i couldnt fight nationals this year considering i was ranked high this year. but now my surgery is in july so my summer will be dedicated to rehab, acls are a pain but i hope i dont hurt it again in the future. i was a rare case considering i went to practice 2 days after i tore it.

Jun 05, 2012
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Tore ACL on my birthday!
by: kd

I tore my ACL on my 13th birthday playing for my AAU basketball team. I had a big birthday dance party the next day that I refused to miss so I went to my party with a slight limp. I wasn't sure I had torn my ACL although I heard it pop but my coach thought it was just a bad sprain. I found out a week later on a MRI I had completely tore it! I cried as soon as the doctor told me because I knew my basketball season was completely over and it had only just begun! (March 30th). Plus, I can't do any swimming this summer, no bike riding, all my friends have and are going to basketball camp and I can't go..its such a bummer! I had surgery on May 23rd and so far so good. Right now I am still on the cpm machine 3x per day for 2 hours each. I cried when I first started the machine but it hasn't hurt anymore since I've used it. I go for my first doctor's appt after surgery this Thursday. I am anxious to start rehab as my doctor said I can play basketball again 6 months after my surgery! That means November 23rd which is the week my middle school basketball season should start! I just hope the school will allow me to even try out in September (maybe dribbling drills or something). Our team is undefeated and has been since 6th grade so I absolutely can not miss my 8th grade year!!! Wish me luck!

Mar 24, 2012
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Torn ACL As Well
by: Anonymous

i halfway tor my acl. sit out a year of basketball. went back and re injured the same leg. and i am very upset i have to stay home and do nothing

Aug 22, 2011
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New ACL Tear
by: rb

I am 12 and I just found out I have a ACL tear and some sort of minicus tear. Since I am 12, my growth plates are not fully closed so surgery is questionable. Did you go to a pediatric or sports medicince orthopodic? They gave me a standard ACL brace for support untill I eventually have surgery.

Jun 24, 2011
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Read please.... :)
by: Aus Boy

im 14

i ruptured acl. tore mcl and miniscus(cartlige).I was playing rugby and i side stepped. My mom is really scared about all the negative things that might happen (she knows how to use google reaally well) anyway. i was thinking of going for the hamstring graph. Im wishing the best to anybody who is deciding and is having or recovering from surgery. If someone could advise me what they think the best option is for somebody my age who gets two days off a week from sport (pre injury) thanks.

May 01, 2011
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im terrified and completely sad
by: Anonymous

I have completely torn my left acl :'( my surgery date is set for the 11th of May.. I tore my acl in a girls comp. basketball game about a week ago. I'm fourteen just like you were when you tore yours. Basketball is my life and i cant play it for 6 months.. i thought it might be a good idea to write to you since we both shared the same love for basketball and it happened at the same age. I am so mad at myself for the fact that i tore my acl.. I cant go to the amusement parks with my friends this summer, play on my bball team, go to soccer camps, play on a volleyball team, like i planned for my 8th grade sumemr.. :"( will you just tell me how to handle all this because it hurts to know i wont be able to do anything for 6th months. I am an athlete, playing sports is part of who i am.

Mar 26, 2011
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Full Tear
by: Rachel

So i'm 14 years old, i'll be 15 in June. I fully tore my right ACL while playing indoor soccer. I got an MRI about 3 weeks after injury, and started PT about 2 weeks after injury. I'm meeting with the surgeon on the 19 of April. I am the type of person who would never be able to live without reconstruction surgery. I'm a really healthy, athletic person, and I've done pretty much every sport from figure skating to soccer to track. Soccer, track and volleyball are my life...incidently all of them involve rigorous work on the knee. After surgery, when I'm told it's okay to go back to surgery, will I feel pain in my knee? Will it ever be as strong as it once was? Is it true that the knee can actually be stronger AFTER reconstruction? If I get surgery in the early summer (July), will I be okay for when the soccer season starts next year (February)?

Feb 24, 2011
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soccer
by: Ali

Hey, I'm 14 and i just completely tore my left ACL and meniscus. I was playing soccer and i just felt a really bad snap and heard several pops and collapsed. The doctor says i have to get the surgery to reconstruct it and I am so scared. I cried when he came back with the news because I'm supposed to play varsity soccer next fall. I knew it took a long, long time to come back from. Do you think since I'm so young that it will happen again? And do i have higher risks during the surgery? I have to go through 3 weeks of therapy 3 days a week to strengthen it first.How long do you think it will take to heal? I want to be back playing sports as soon as possible. I do softball,track, and soccer. I just want to know I will be able to be 100 percent sooner or later.

Feb 09, 2011
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Dreams shattered...
by: Simon Wu

I torn my acl when I was going for a dunk during warm ups before a big game against our rival school. I popped my knee as I came down from the dunk and knew at that point my season was likely to be over. I couldn't accept not being able to play so I stood up and wanted to walk back to the lay up line. I popped it again and fell to the ground.

I couldn't participate in two of our most important tournaments. I could have possibly made a difference. But I couldn't. I felt so helpless, often times waking up in the middle of the night crying. Coach said I could play college ball. Now I am just hoping to have a good recovery.
Basketball means a lot to me. Without it... Wow. Everything is just so different. I'm just going to the gym and doing everything I can to prepare for the next season. Thank god I'm a junior.

Jan 06, 2011
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Re; injury
by: Jael

Sorry about getting hurt!!! I know it feels because I tore my ACL this year and am currently about 13 week out of surgery.
How has it felt for the past 5 years? have you been playing sport? How did you tear it? One more question how do you know you tore your ACL?

You are in a tough situation! I know it would be seems like it would be essayer to fake that you just got hurt, but I think you should just tell them.
Whatever you decide really you just want to be fixed, so you can be back to normal!

Let me know what you decide and how things went!
Best of luck!

Jan 02, 2011
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Injury
by: Anonymous

It has been 5 years since i tore my ACL and i never got it treated and i am only 13 what should i do. I am afraid to tell my mom because she will get mad that i did tell her before.But i was thinking to fake an injury that sounds the same to the one that actually happened tomorrow so i can get it checked out. Should i do that?

Aug 24, 2010
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Tore both ACLs
by: Anonymous

Hello there, I also tore both of my ACLs playing soccer. I tore my left ACL in 2007 (when I was 14) and my right ACL in Dec. 2009. I'm wondering what will happen to us because we are so young yet we've torn both our ACLs already?

May 20, 2010
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Re: 2nd ACL tear
by: Anonymous

Hey!
Yepp, i tore the ACL in my left knee last year, and the ACL in my right knee this year. I did have the reconstruction on April 8th. Today makes it 6 weeks since my reconstruction. This one is going WAY fastter! I had the hamstring graft again. But, i am without my brace for walking and with my brace, i already started running, box jumps, footwork drills, and some lite basketball. It is really crazy. Thanks for asking!

May 19, 2010
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A second ACL Injury?
by: Anonymous

Just wondering how your second knee is doing? Did you have to have the reconstruction again?

Feb 24, 2010
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Re: my recovery from last year
by: Anonymous

Well, i made it through my varsity season. my reconstructed knee is GREAT, but about a month ago, i felt a pop on the side of my other knee and it was kind of sore. But, they did those tests to see if your ligaments were ok and they said mine were strong. I played on it 2 days later and for about the next month, and i kept reinjuring it, but i could always go back out and play on it. The doctor checked my knee and was certain that my ligaments were fine. They had me get an MRI to clarify it and they said that i completely tore my ACL. Do you have any suggestions? Can an MRI be wrong?

Feb 24, 2010
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RE: pain
by: Anonymous

I am SO SORRY, i just got your message!!! How did it go?

Nov 22, 2009
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surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi, im about to have my ACL surgery on Tuesday the 24th. I'm nervous for the amount of pain to expect after. Any ideas on how much pain i'll be in. And also, how much school did you miss?

Nov 09, 2009
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Yeah!
by: Bart - SII

Congrats on your release. I am sure it feels great to be back in the game!

Bart

Nov 07, 2009
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RE: My story
by: Anonymous

I haven't updated anyone in awhile! I was completely released by the doctor on October 12 to play all sports with a brace! I was so EXCITED! I am now done my first week of Varsity basketball practice! My knee is a little sore, and a little swollen, but they say that is normal! It is GREAT to be back on the court again! I just want to let everyone know that it may be challenging, but you can do it, and you will have more appreciation for the sport you love, and those who can never play sports! Good luck to everyone and God bless!

Aug 08, 2009
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by: Anonymous

well, i'm just about done growing. I'm almost 15, and almost 6 feet tall. But, your leg will still grow, and they should be the same size. They were worried that if i was going to grow a lot more, that it would stretch my new ACL to much, and cause problems, but my growth plates are almost closed. So, i will be fine. Why?

Aug 08, 2009
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hi
by: Anonymous

will you still grow taller or is your other leg gonns be longer than the other one?

Jul 13, 2009
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re: congratulations
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the information! I will be sure to look at your program and the others!!!

Jul 13, 2009
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congratulations!
by: Bart - SII

Congrats on finishing PT! that is a milestone worth celebrating! Now comes the continued strengthening and making sure you stay motivated to keep getting your leg stronger and training to improve your balance and strength. Sounds like you are on the right track for a return to sports in a few more months.

There are a lot of ACL prevention exercises available on the internet - google ACL prevention exercises and you will likely find some programs. You need to make sure that you are doing things that will help to improve your ability to control your body when you land, and that will improve your muscle control - these are the keys.

ACL Injury Solutions is a program I offer on this site that outlines all of the exercises I use with my own patients during the post-PT phase of recovery. It may be of benefit to you. Make sure that no matter what program you use, that you clear the exercises with your doctor before you do them - so make sure you are cleared to start jumping and hopping before you start training with these exercises.

Most doctors will allow jumping somewhere around the 4-5 month mark, and then gradually transitioning to hopping after that.

Bart


Jul 07, 2009
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new update
by: Anonymous

I am now done PT. My hamstring muscles are still a little weak but they said the stength will come as i exercise. I am now allowed to run with my functional ACL brace, and can start weight training. i ran a mile my first time running. my final doctors appointment is October 12, and i should be able to play sports then....which will be 6 months. Does anyone know what is the usual time frame to start box jumps?? And does anyone know of any good ACL prevention exercises??

Jul 03, 2009
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re: rehab length
by: Anonymous

To be honest i don't know...how old are you? could be one thing....i also tore my ACL & Lateral Meniscus, and didn't have other ligaments involved...and i did 6 weeks of PT before my surgery. So, i had my knee in the best shape it could be before surgery. my doctor said that it normally takes 12-16 weeks....i went for ten weeks because i was away and couldn't go this week, and they are testing me at therapy on monday which is 12 weeks and my dr said as long as i tested out well with my stength i could stop. and PT said everything was good....so i'll be done in the next 1-4 weeks....but i will continue to do stuff to strengthen my knee on my own...lifting weights, running, jumping rope, ACL injury prevention, etc. i wont be playing contact sports till 5-6 months. How are you doing now?

Jul 02, 2009
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Months of Rehab
by: Anonymous

I tore my ACL, and sprained my MCL and some other ligaments in my knee 6 months ago. The Doctor said that i needed to wait a month to have surgery so the swelling would go down. After my surgery I had to rahab for 5 months and do somethings on my own for the 6th month. Why was your rehab so short?

Jun 30, 2009
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by: Anonymous

i recommend the hamstring graft. i know of the patella graft but all my friends and people i know use the hamstring. the only problem with the hamstring is you have to make sure you stretch before you go back to physical activities, and strengthen it up but as far as i know i would definitely recommend the hamstring graft over all the others. Good luck with your surgery! :)

Jun 29, 2009
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Injury question
by: Anonymous

Is there any problems with the hamstring graph? Because I dont know if patella graph or hamsting graph is better.
Thanks

Jun 13, 2009
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its me again
by: Anonymous

on monday it will be 9 weeks since my surgery. My doctor released me to bike ride & swim. i was able to go for a 14 mile bike ride my first time, and my doctor says i am 6 weeks ahead of schedule. i had my new graft tested and it feels great. i have full rnage of motion & extension. i am hoping to run in 3 weeks. they just fitted me for my own brace. i'm hoping to be released from PT soon & walking without my sports brace, which they allow me to do at home. I go back to see my doctor July 6. if anyone has any questions please ask!!!! I wish everyone good luck!!!

May 26, 2009
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re: what graft did i use
by: Anonymous

i used the hamstring graft

May 24, 2009
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which graft did you use?
by: Anonymous

Did you use the patella or hamstring?

May 15, 2009
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reply to my story
by: Anonymous

Its me again. it will be 5 weeks Monday since my ACL surgery. They have me on the stair stepper, stepping up on a step, Kim Com machine, and treadmill now, plus all the exercises they had me on before. i can do most of my exercises without a problem. i am now without my big brace, and wearing a functional ACL brace. it was my dad's after his surgery. i rarely have pain now, swelling is pretty much down, the only problem is getting my muscle mass back. It is getting a lot better. i was an inch off, and now i am about a half an inch off.i am hoping when i go back to the doctor i will get to be fitted for my own functional ACL brace, and possibly walk without one in the next month or 2. i continue to wish all people facing ACL surgery good luck! You will do great! just do everything your doctor and physical therapist tell you to do!! Also, does anyone have recommendations for what brand of ACL brace is best?

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