Caty's ACL story

Hey I am 15 and I just made my high school soccer team as a freshman which has always been a dream of mine. This was my first year to be goalie and I was really starting to get the hang of it.


Friday Janurary 9th during practice, a month before my first game, I was going to block the ball when I turned my knee the wrong way and felt my left knee cap slide to the left and I fell to the ground screaming. My knee swelled up to the size of a small soccer ball.

I went to the doctor the following Monday and he said I should have an MRI. The results of that showed that I tore my ACL in half and slightly tore my MCL. I went to an Orthopedic surgeon 2 days after I got the results he said that I would be out of soccer for 6 months. I would have to have ACL reconstructive surgery using a patellar tendon graph. When I found this out a cried my eyes out!!

I have been playing soccer since I was 8 years old and these last 2 months of not being able to play it have killed me. I miss it so much and I can't wait to play it again. I had to wear a huge brace for a month for the MCL to heal. Right now my MCL is healed and I am in a smaller brace and I am going to Prehab PT.

My surgury is March 18th and I am really nervous and scared. I don't really know what to expect. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!! :)

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Mar 24, 2009
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by: Caty

I had a nerve block that numbed the front of my leg during surgery. I was in the hospital for observation and got boluses of pain medicine to keep it numb. Before I went home, a pain pump was put in to keep my leg numb and I went back a day later to have it removed. The feeling came back that night and that is when I felt the most pain. It felt about the same as when I originally had the injury. I was mostly pain free because of the block. I did have pain meds if I needed them.

Mar 23, 2009
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Hi Caty
by: Candy Kahany

Hi Caty, I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your advice to my son Daniel who is having his ACL surgery on 4/3/09. Did you need painkillers aftert the surgery. You didn't talk about the pain level. Please advise. Thank you and good luck to you.

Mar 23, 2009
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by: Caty

Thank you both!! My surgery went fine and I am relieved that it is over. I just started physical therapy today and straighten my knee was easy for me because I worked hard on it before. The bending of my knee is what is hard but I believe that I can do it. Thanks again for commenting

Mar 10, 2009
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Caty's ACL story
by: Michelle

It's perfectly normal to be scared. We all went through it. There is some pain and discomfort for a few weeks, but the main thing is to keep it moving. Don't let your knee become stiff. Slow and easy movements as often as you can. Extension will be the hardest, but the most important of the range of motions you want to get back. I wish you all the best. you'll be back to playing soccer in no time.


Michelle

Mar 10, 2009
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It's ok to be nervous and scared
by: Bart - SII

Caty, everyone whose story is on this site was scared at some point during their ACL injury and surgery. It is ok to be scared - but it will be ok and you will be better before you know it.

Just focus on getting back to playing in 6-9 months. Let that be your goal.

Read through some of the other stories - there are lots of descriptions about what to expect and how different people have handled this injury. And feel free to post questions on other peoples stories - many of them are regular posters and will give you some encouragement and advice.

Bart

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