Carissa's ACL Story

by Carissa
(Oregon, WI, USA)

Hey everyone! I tore my ACL playing soccer. I play Center Midfielder on my school's soccer team. I had the ball and was dribbling down the field when I saw one of my forwards was open so I passed, but the other team intercepted, lucky (or not so lucky) for me the girl had a bad trap and the ball came back my direction. I was trying to beat another girl to the ball and I pivoted on my left leg. I felt this weird tearing in my left knee and hear this POP sound. The next thing I knew I was laying on the ground in some pretty intense pain. The Referee was asking me if it was my ankle and I remember thinking, Uh..Yeah, its my ankle that's why I'm holding my knee! But anyway I had some severe pain from behind my knee toward the outside.


When my coach and Dad got out in the field they helped me to my feet and helped my off the field, they practically carried me because I couldn't put an weight on my knee whatsoever.

I stayed for the rest of the game(which we won!) and then my dad took me in to the Urgent Care. We waited forever and ever but finally we saw a Doc and got x-rays done, by this time the pain had really gone down and I was convincing myself that it was just a sprain and that it was nothing serious. Yeah, I'd be out for the season, but the season was practically over, and there's always next year right?!

The Doc came back in and told me that the x-rays were fine, but I should have an MRI done just to check. The ER gave me crutches and a brace that I was supposed to wear for the next couple days.

We had the MRI done and the Doctor called us and told me that my ACL was torn. We got the call while my mom and I were out shopping, I was really surprised and in shock for awhile I went home and looked at a calender. It really hit me then that I was out for 6+ months. The hardest thing right now is knowing that I'm not going to be playing volleyball and probably not basketball my Senior year.

We scheduled my surgery with a very good surgeon who specializes in this type of knee recon. so I feel pretty good about that side of things. It really helps knowing that the Doctor is really good at what he does. I'm still really nervous about surgery, and the therapy after. My surgery is July 16th.

Today I have a PT appt. because my range of motion isn't what it needs to be yet for surgery.

I have a good friend who also tore his ACL this year and is 4 1/2 months post op. He was just cleared to start jogging and jumping so its a huge encouragement to know that someone else has been through this and made it out fine.

Thank you for this site! Its soo cool to read about other ppls experiences! Thanks!


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Oct 20, 2009
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Reconstructed my ACL and going strong..
by: Anonymous

I have played soccer since grade school and love the game. I tore my ACL about nine years ago and if I want to continue playing, I had to do the surgery. I went through the surgery and did a rehab for about five months and my knee is stronger than ever. I did the Patellar Tendon, which I learned had a better success rate of returning to a full capacity than Hamstring Tendon. Consult your doctor often and frequent before surgery. Good luck and you have nothing to worry. Though to protect myself I wear a guard, I am as strong and better player now and enjoy it every week.

Aug 19, 2009
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One Month Later...
by: Carissa

Well, its one month later and I'm off crutches and out of my brace. The Therapy is slowly progressing. I'm on my own for the month of August though because my PT forgot to schedule any appointments for August. But, when I saw my doctor at my one month he said that I was where I should be.


Jul 23, 2009
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Yet another soccer story
by: Jenni

How quickly were you weight bearing off crutches after surgery? I had a hamstring graft 4 weeks ago and I am itching to get off of the crutches. I injured my knee playing soccer as well but was able to have my surgery 2 weeks after the injury because my swelling was minimal. I also began physical therapy the day after the injury to prepare for the upcoming surgery and to regain motion and reduce the minimal swelling I had. I have played over 30 years of competitive soccer, including Division I college soccer and this was my first knee injury. I really feel for those who have had multiple knee injuries!

Jul 10, 2009
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re: good luck
by: Carissa

The difference between the grafts is what tissue they take. With the Hamstring they take soft tissue from your Hamstring to take the place of your ACL & with the Patella they take part of your Patella muscle to take the place of your ACL. I guess the rates of success and recovery time are about the same. The reason my Doctor recommended the Patella Graft for me is because I'm double jointed. Over time the Patella graft tends to be a bit tighter and less likely to stretch than the hamstring. So since I'm double jointed and my joints are already looser its best that I have the one that would hold my knee tighter and not loosen.

Jul 09, 2009
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re: good luck
by: Anonymous

What is the difference between the 2 grafts? Hamstring and Patela? hamstring was my only option. Good luck to you both! You'll do great! Mine's been 12 weeks now,and i'm back to running. i ran 2 miles today!! Keep us updated on how you are.

Jul 09, 2009
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by: Karen

Hi,
Yours story is pretty similar to what happened to me. I was just warning up before a match when i tore mine. Like you I was carried off the pitch but wanted to stay to watch the match. Unfortunately we didnt win and I went straight to a&e. By the time I got there I was still in pain but it had subsided a bit so I didnt think I had damaged it as bad as I did. It happened in December... and Im only having surgery next week, the 15th of july, the day before yours!!
We'll be going through recovery at the same time, Im scared but its a relief to read that people recover quite well and that im not the only one going through it.
I wish you all the best and keep me updated with your recovery. Us cripples have to stick together..ha!!
My story is named karens acl,plc trama if you want to read it!

Cheers n good luck x


Jul 03, 2009
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Update
by: Carissa

Thanks!! I am doing teh Patella Graft. The doctor thinks that it is the best to fit my lifestyle and I agree with him.

Jun 30, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Good luck with your surgery! Mine will be 12 weeks on monday and i am hoping to be released to run then, and hopefully find out when i can jump and stop therapy! What graft are you having? Good luck and you will do great! Just work hard at therapy! :) doing PT before surgery really helps!

Jun 25, 2009
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Good luck!
by: Anonymous

Good luck! I just had my surgery on June 22nd. Don't worry, everything will be alright. There isn't much to worry about.

Jun 24, 2009
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good luck
by: Anonymous

good luck with your surgery! I know what thats like like.

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