ACL/MCL/Lat. Meniscus/Bone Bruise playing Ultimate Frisbee

I'm a 20 year old college student who plays ultimate frisbee. A few weeks ago, I twisted my knee when my left cleat stayed in the ground while I turned my body to start cutting. There was a loud crack and unbearable pain as I hit the deck, and I knew immediately that it was an ACL injury. The year before, I had damage to the MCL on my other knee and did a fair amount of research on knee injuries, so I knew immediately it would be the ACL. The best analogy I can use is twisting open a cap of a new bottle of soda: I imagine all the ligaments inside my knee twisted off in the same way.


I've been worrying about damage to the meniscus and the bone bruise, because I hear that they can lead to premature arthritis. The meniscus is apparently not all that bad, but there's nothing I can do about the bone bruise. I don't want a life full of pain, and I don't want to be afraid to be active again (even to run, I'm afraid the pounding on the cartilage will wear it down faster), but I don't see any alternative. Anyone have any input or advice?

I'm having surgery in two weeks, which will be a month after injury. After having the knee drained a week ago since the swelling wouldn't go down, I can somewhat extend and flex to 90 degrees. But I can't walking with the knee entirely extended at 0 degrees, and I hear it has to be before surgery or else it won't ever be able to straighten totally. True, if so, any suggestions to help me walk normally again? I also feel a lot of pain when I try to bend past 90 degrees, and although I'm keeping at it, I don't know if it'll get better in time.

What types of exercises have you all done pre-op and also post-op, and did you all get total ROM back before going into surgery? Thanks!

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Apr 24, 2014
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Way Cool Guess what??? NEW
by: Anonymous

I was playing frisbee a couple of weeks ago with some friends in Utah!!I am 41 year old female.My friends and I where playing in our church gym.I was taking a break standing back to the stage.My friend went to throw it to my other friend.It was coming my way.I jumped up andwent to catch it.I didn't call it.My friend colided into me and I went flying in the air.All I remember was doing a unsudden twist,hearing a lound crack and pop.I don't remember falling to the ground.I remember siting on the gym floor in pain and very nausiaus and very sick to my stomach.I thought I was going to pass out.After about 10min I tried to get up and walk.I felt horrible pain with popping/cracking.I flew back home to Alaska because that was my last day of vaction.Went to ER they gave me a brace with crutches.Went to my DR two days later.He orderd a MRI.A week later went to ORTHO DR.I was told that my ACL was gone and I tore my MCL.I also brusied my bone have swelling and fluid in knee.I have to Physical therapy for 4/5 weeks a couple times a week to prepare for surgery so knee can be strenghthen.I suck with walking on crutches.I feel like I am really weak and have no energy.I have to ware a ACL brace.All I can say is lots of rest.Keep leg elevaulted with ice often.I sleep in my recliner so my leg is always up.Be patient,knowing that Heavenly Father is on your side.

Nov 06, 2011
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Helpfullness
by: Anonymous

To beckz i had my acl mcl and meniscus reconstructed because i tore all 3 and they couldnt of fixed themselves. When you feel like there locking its probablly your knee buckling because it was not repaired because they told me that it would happen if i did not. Im not a docter but i would get that fixed because they told me if i didnot i would have the knee of a 70 year old by the time i was 35.

Oct 24, 2009
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Help me and here's an advice
by: Beckz_oo7@yahoo.com

WELL, i live in Pakistan... and we don't have too many good medical facilities here... i was the best player in the province last year... BUt broke my lateral ligament and Medial meniscus...

Now they say that lateral meniscus is somewhat repairable but it's hard to repair the medial part...

Now i read alot of casses and went to almost every docter here in the city... i even had to make contact with some indian docs cuz tht was the the most authentic thing tht was most easily accessible to me...

Now most of the people who've have had a successful come-back to their sporting lives say that ICE is the best thing and things like codliver oil and care along with some exerciser can help...

The bad part of it is that after you have had a knee injury your life is never NORMAL again... knee transplant can only make it NORMAL... that's harsh but that is the reality...

MY SITUATION :-
guys i got injured in April... on the 11th to be exact... it's the end of October now... i don't have any pain in any part of my left leg (the one which was injured) and i can run at full throttle without any problem at all... BUt my knee sometimes clicks and i feel the absence of the meniscus when it does, i.e both my shin bone and the upper bone (don't know it's exact name) touch each other and get damaged i guess...

I AM A SOCCER PLAYER... I CAN'T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT IT... I NEED TO KNOW IF I SHOULD GO FOR AN OPERATION TO GET THE MENISCUS SHAVED... THE LIGEMENTS SEEM FINE AND I'm COMPLETELY ALRIGHT (THOUGH I HAVEN'T YET STARTED PLAYING SOCCER AGAIN) BUT I CAN RUN...

PLZ HELP ME... CUZ IF I DON'T PLAY SOCCER AGAIN, I'LL DIE SOON FOR SURE...

Jul 15, 2009
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Thanks everyone
by: Anonymous

Hey Fallen Brethren, send me an email sometime at DCUltrastar@yahoo.com. It'd be nice to hear from another college ultimate player. And since the season's in a year, you should be okay by the winter, right?

Jul 15, 2009
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Fallen Brethren
by: Anonymous

I'm in the same boat as you man, except I didn't tear my MCL. I started to make a cut after my guy upfield, and my knee decided to go the other way. I started PT two weeks after my injury to prep for surgery, I was told that the more muscle mass/ROM that's present in the knee the better/faster recovery would be. So far I was told right.

I'm three weeks post-op now, and I'm finally able to walk around with only a minor limp in my gait. Do the PT exercises multiple times a day!!! It's not your therapist's job to get you better. They're basically a consultant for your recovery.

Good luck with your surgery/recovery. Hope to see you on the field some day. (I'm missing my senior year for my college team :( ...unless I can get back out there towards the end of spring.)

Jun 29, 2009
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excersises
by: Anonymous

Hi - I am 11 weeks post op from ACL & Lat meniscus surgery. Pre op strengthening included putting a rolled towel under the knee & pressing down & holding for 5-10 seconds for quad strengthening. Post op for motion included heel sides - THAT really helped w/ the range of motion but I personally found it to be painful.

Best of luck during your surgery & recovery time.

Rebecca

Jun 29, 2009
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motion before surgery
by: Bart - SII

Regaining your motion before surgery is important, but it isn't the end of the world if you are missing a bit. This is especially true if you have meniscus damage. A torn meniscus can often restrict motion, both in flexion and extension. This is a mechanical problem, and often cannot be fixed until surgery. So, keep working on your motion, but don't sweat it if you can't get it all back before surgery. As long as you are working on your motion after surgery, you should do fine, provided your surgeon does well with the reconstruction.

An ACL reconstructed knee likely will have earlier onset arthritis - this is one of the unfortunate side effects of this injury. However, early onset means you may suffer from arthritis at age 60 instead of age 70... again, part of the downside to ACL injury.

The vast majority of ACL patients that I have seen and treated return to running and sports without problems in 6-9 months.

Bart

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