Bri's ACL and Meniscus Injury

by Brianna
(Pennsylvania, USA )

I am a sixteen year old girl, and a junior in high school.... I play on the jv and varsity volleyball team at my school... I don't consider my self to be a very good player but i attended all open gyms during the summer (except 3) and was improving during each one... My team and i attended a team camp at IUP two days before camp actually started, we all made it through camp with no injuries. On the first day of school camp, my world turned upside down. It was during the first drill, that it happened.. We were doing a drill called Killer, you have to touch ten balls, including diving and one that were thrown out the back of the court. I had gotten three touches and was going for the fourth.. i was running out the back of the court to get a ball, and i just remember grabbing my knee, and falling to the ground crying... I had felt a really big pop and a few more little ones... My sister was standing with her back towards me and she said she heard it pop. After laying on the court for a while until the athletic trainer got to me, the pain was starting to decrease, but not very much. He felt for my acl before i got up and said it was not torn.. I felt most of my pain on the inside of my knee.. So after i iced it down for probably 30 minutes or so he started to really examine it... He thought for sure it was the MCL and I would be able to be back on the court in 6 weeks, but he said we will have a orthopedic surgeon look at it too. So a few days later, i went and saw the surgeon.. He told me nothing except to use the crutches as needed and that i needed to get an MRI... I went for the MRI a few days later, and had the results a few day after that. Little did i know that the extent of my injury was that great.. I went to the doctor that day, hoping it was just the MCL or a very bad Sprain... However, that is not at all what i heard, I had torn my ACL and lateral and medial meniscus, the doctor told me i needed surgery... When i told my ATC what the surgeon had said he was completely surprised, as the surgeon was surprised to. My surgery isn't scheduled yet but i see the surgeon on Monday... I am really scared about having this surgery... I read online somewhere that once you have torn one ACL you are bound to tear the other, what are your thoughts on this, any opinions? Please comment on this so i can maybe feel a little better about the situation!

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I had a pateller tendon graft put in as my ACL. My advice would be to see what kind of graft your surgeon is most comfortable doing and has had the best outcome with. I'll give a short update. I'm now 19 and a sophomore athletic training major. I've had my fair share of knee problems since my surgery and in January I went in for an arthroscope. I had torn my meniscus again, and found out that my ACL is also return. Good luck with everything!

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Jun 13, 2012
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Hey kids - I have very old knees - the product of 30 + years of catching in fastpitch softball. Finally went to a doctor due to the bottom of my right leg getting out of place with the top part...I had to grab it and wrestle it back in on a routine basis. Stairs, hills, just walking through the house - it was really unstable. Pretty ugly. MRI revealed I didn't even have an ACL on that knee anymore, it was just plain gone. Had a cadaver ACL replacement, and have walked five half marathons since. Not anywhere near the great shape of my youth back when I ran 7 miles a day (on pavement! What was I thinking?), but definitely functional and mostly pain free....there's hope for everyone. I agree with everyone who says to strengthen the associated muscles - the rest of your leg can compensate surprisingly well even if your knee is messed up.

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by: Bri

I am now 7 months post operation. I was cleared to go back to volleyball on March 28th, 2012. While at the doctor's I asked him several questions about pain that i was still feeling in my knee. Where I got the graft has been the worst pain out of them all until a few weeks ago. When I had pain on the lateral side of the scar of the graft site. The doctor said he didn't know what was causing this pain, but that it should go away. That night at physical therapy, I felt like my knee wwas going to explode. I quit therapy for the night and the pain wasn't any better. In fact it put me in a limp for the next 2 days becasue it hurt so bad. I talked to my uncle who is a head athletic trainer at Juniata college, but he wasn't around to check it out at the time so he couldn't give me an exact answer as to what it was. The following monday, i went back to therapy and saw the ATC again. He still wasn't sure what was going on, so I took a week off to just rest because i have been going everyday for 6 months. The pain did get better, and I saw my uncle over Easter break and he said he thought it was my IT band, he also said that it would never happen again. However, the next day, the pain came back, this time all over my knee. It has also been getting very stiff lately. When the pain came back, I asked the ATC what he thought again, but he wasn't sure yet again. I asked if it was possible that my form wasn't right while doing excersises at Therapy, but he said that everything he watched me do was fine.

Please Give me some insight/idea as to what I should do next!! I am getting very frustrated with this whole thing!

Feb 24, 2012
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by: Jael

Hey,
I tore my ACL 2 times. The first one (left) was October 2010 while I was playing soccer. The next one (right) was August 2011 playing soccer:) I had surgery Jan. 18th 2012 (he also fixed my meniscus) and am about 5 weeks out and just started walking!! As far as the pain in the front of your knee, it should get better!:) My first reconstruction they used patellar tendon and it was sore for a while but it did get better! For your other knee, I would get it checked out just to be safe!! Another things is I would get that knee (and both) very strong!!! It will only help! My other knee was kinda bugging me the year that I tore it. I don’t think that is the reason I tore it, but I would just be safe and get it looked at!!
I am glad you are doing well with your other one though!

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by: Brianna

Well it has been 3 months out of surgery, and everything seems to be going ok. I still have a good bit of patellar tendon pain, but i am told that will get better. I hope so!!

The day i tore my left acl, was on the first day of varsity volleyball camp. That morning, when i got up from looking up something on the computer, my knee felt weird, and kind of hurt, but i just ignored the feeling. Kinda twisted a bit when i got up. I have been working a good bit lately, and now my other knee has begun to feel the same way it did the day i tore my other one. What does this mean?? Should i ask my AT to look at it?? or even my surgeon?? I am very scared that i could tear my right ACL too. Please Give me some advice!!!!!

Nov 18, 2011
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2 month out
by: Brianna

Well today was 2 months out of surgery. Everything is going well so far. Except for the fact that i have been having a great deal of pain on the inside of my knee. This being ever since surgery. So the last time I was at physical therapy, the athletic trainer discovered it was my hamstring. He stretched it and put a band around my knee to relieve the tension put on the hamstring. That made my knee feel amazing until i was finishing up with the last 3 exercises in my program. Til i was done with the last exercise, i was in tears it hurt so bad. That was the worst it had felt ever since i started therapy. I saw the doctor today, and she wouldn't let me go to work tonight, she wanted me to rest up from the flare. I really hope it doesn't happen anymore, I am going to Disney in 9 days and i don't want to have to miss out on the fun.
I have also been getting the trainer to put kinesio tape on my knee to help with the pain i have in the front. Is there any other suggestions of how to get rid of the pain, and continuing to do strengthing exercises?

Oct 24, 2011
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by: Amy

I am 18 and I have torn my ACL, LCL, and Meniscus in my left knee and had 2 surgeries on it and torn my ACL, Medial Meniscus and Lateral Meniscus in my right knee and had surgery on that one as well. I am only 7 months out from my last surgery and I just re-tore my Medial Meniscus and stretched my ACL graft in my right knee, so i will have to have a fourth surgery. I will have to miss the first season from my college softball season but I plan on working hard and coming back to play. Good luck with everything, you can get through this!!


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Oct 22, 2011
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1 month after surgery
by: Brianna

Today it was exactally 1 month after surgery... I have seen the doctor multiple times and he said that i am far more advanced than others he has done surgery on... So i guess that is a good thing.. I started back to work for the first time tonight. I was scared at first but then once i got there i was fine and didn't have any problems. I started physical therapy and it is going well so far... I just keep praying that i continue to do as well as i am!

Sep 26, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hey bri,
Iam going through the same thing right now, i never knew i tore my ACL until last weekend.. origanlly tore it in june but i didnt know.. last weekend i made the menisucs tear and bend into my joints so right now my knee is locked and cant walk or bend.. before it was like 911 for me i got and MRI in planned in one min and went later that night. this dr sent me to another one and iam waiting for oct 11 so he can tell me i need surgery... and there is a great chance surgery can be in feb but i hope it is earlyer bc i cant walk. i already know it will be a three hours surgery but im not worried bc if iam i think something bad can happen but iam worried about waking up and therapy and the pain so i understand what you are going through and im only 15

Sep 23, 2011
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Surgery Yesterday
by: Bri

Well, I had surgery yesterday, and it wasn't as bad as i thought... I got a femural block, at about 3 am this morning the pain was like a 30 on a scale of 1-10... I am trying to only take pain meds every 4 hours, but i can't wait for this to all be over.. I got a petella ligament graft, and he shaved off the outside of the outside meniscus, and he repaired the inside one... I hope that heals quickly as well.

Sep 22, 2011
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Tearing the other one...
by: Bart - SII

Hi Bri!

While it isn't uncommon to hear about athletes who tear one ACL and then the other one, that isn't necessarily the normal - in fact, I can't remember any of my patients who tore both of their ACLs.

The key to recovering from ACL surgery and also from ACL injury prevention is your neuromuscular training. Most persons who end up tearing the second ACL either go back too soon and are not conditioned appropriately, or they don't have enough focus on balance, control, and mechanics during their rehabilitation. Unfortunately, strength isn't the only thing that has to be worked on - you have to re-train your muscles to control your movements, and to really work on improving balance and proprioception. Working with your AT to improve these things as you work through your rehabilitation after surgery is the key. And it takes a good 6-9 months to really get to where you are ready to get back into games.

If you work hard on your rehab, you significantly decrease the chance of re-tearing. But unfortunately, you can't completely prevent it.

Bart

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