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Jan 20, 2017
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I wish I had answers NEW
by: Broken Ballerina

Hey. I get it. I was accepted to the Boston concervatory at 15 for ballet, than a week later I tore my right ACL in a freak gymnatics accident (I was doing an aerial and I kicked the wall, than hit a ballet barre on my way down.) I was devistated. It took 5 years to return to a point where the injury was a only minor setback, although I still cannot do most of the things I could have before and had to give up my dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Now, at 20, I was doing a ballet class at my performing arts college when I landed a jump wrong and tore my left ACL and MCL. My parrents and teachers don't think that this the final nail in the coffin for my dance career, but the doctors don't believe there will be a comeback this time. These injuries only weaken the knee, and unfortunatly, once it happens it will just keep on happening. It sucks. You love these activities. You train so hard, you want it so much, and than life or fate or whatever higher power you believe in decides that it just wasn't meant to be. My story is not as truamatic as yours. You are so much stronger than I am. The first injury knocked me down so far that I didn't think that I could ever get back up. This second one has defeated me completely. How do we say goodbye? How do we move on? Where do you go from here? I guess all I can say is that dispite what people will tell you, you are allowed to be heartbroken for as long as you need. You've lost a huge part of your life. You may never "bounce back" but you can still move forward. I hope you find a way to heal. Lots of Love. EM

Oct 31, 2016
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I Know What You Mean NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 17 years old and I have had two knee surgeries in the last 7 months. I tore my meniscus in my left leg playing basketball in May and was told I could play summer ball by July if I was lucky. I finally got out of physical therapy the day before my tourney. I worked hard and got to play in my first tourney in the first week of July. It was the second day of the tourney and I was playing hard and tore my acl in my right leg. I've had to sit out of my junior year of volleyball. I start basketball in a week if everything turns out okay. I am very nervous because I don't want to get hurt again. But saying prayers for you because it sounds like you'll need it more than me.

Jul 16, 2016
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Worry NEW
by: Anonymous

My daughter torn her ACL April 26,2015 on May 21,2015 the day after school let out she had complete ACL reconstruction surgery using her Paletta tendon started thephy next day went 3 days week 2 n 3 hours got release from Doctor week before her first basketball game her Jr year she the starting point guard she had a great season you could tell have way though her season she could run faster jump higher. Same way when travel basketball this summer. Well a few days ago she was playing in Jr National in Columbus OH July 2016 Jessica knee bucky up on her she went down she heard a pop she had her sports brace on but the pain is on inside of the knee this time the knee is swelled more than it was last year went to ER when we return home all her hard ware is still in place went by her therphy to see what he thought she may have done said it was looser than other knee but he thinks it's all ways been looser my daughter is thinking she torn her MCL or she wishing that's all it is just don't want to miss her Sr year playing basketball and playing in college we should have never paid out all that money to play in Jr National we now just waiting on going to Doctor Monday does anyone know if it hurts more the second time around torn your ACL she can walk and straighten her leg out this time around.

Jul 11, 2016
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I've had 5 too! NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel your pain. I tore my ACL my Senior year of high school. I have re-torn it 4 times since...with 5 surgeries. The 4th time they took all the old hardware out of the knee, let me heal without an acl, then went back in to fix it again.
Then just the other day I twisted my ankle down a step, JUST ONE STEP...and I'm 95% sure it is torn again. I am SO over this and I can SO empathize with you.
I'm 26 and it just keeps on happening...


Jan 25, 2016
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Redirect NEW
by: Susan Chance

I found your story because I'm currently recovering from an ACL tear in my left leg. I am a black belt in karate, and during class I did a flying side kick. However, I landed wrong tearing not just my ACL but grade 2 of my MCL and partially cracked my tibia bone as well. These types of injuries are common among athletes. You are young, so I suggest you go easy in sports. And find another passion. It's hard to deal with. My love for martial arts is great but I too must redirect some of my passion of sports. You don't want to permanently cripple yourself. Take care and God bless!

Jan 07, 2016
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Retired Collegiate Player NEW
by: Anonymous

I know this is years after. I am 25 years old. I have had one ACl repair on my right (patellar tendon graft, most solid of my knees.) I also underwent my third ACL repair on my left knee just over two years ago. I retired after my 3rd surgery during my senior year of high school. But, decided after a 4 year break I would give two more seasons to the sport I love (soccer.) Had a wonderful season, became captain for my senior season, but during my first captains practice I injured my left knee again. I under went surgery for the 4th repair. I can no longer run longer than 4 miles at a time due to my knee swelling, swimming is the only cardio that helps me maintain my weight. Being a soccer player I want that cardio, that competitiveness in my life. It was very difficult for me to remove that part of my identity. Mourn, you are allowed to mourn, sports are a HUGE piece in an athletes life, passed just the game, its the team, the outings, the practices, the drive. You will recover. But pushing yourself again will lead to more heartache. I tried running a mini marathon last year. I cried after training for 3 weeks, knowing I could not compete, it was just too hard for my body. REDISCOVER a NEW lifestyle, it will be challenging BUT HEY, you are a competitor? Right? You will find that next challenge and take it on head first. Good luck. Don't let it defeat you.

Dec 10, 2015
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Open tib/ fib break, Fun😁 NEW
by: Anonymous

Are you nuts? I had a car head on accident 8 yrs ago. My open tib / fib healed " perfectly. The tissue was shredded, hurts some dates, some ok. Some I can barely strand it.
I have gad other typed of surgery, they healed ok. Stop doing sports! You know the more toy trash you bones the worse it will be. I cannot go upstairs, get myself up from the floor.

There is nothing else to fix. Was in rehab 2 years, I have a dog , walk 3-4 miles a week. Majesty's it worse but I am committed.
Do you want to do ordinary things w/ o pain your lifetime or do you want to throw a ball around. I am 66 yrs old. I did everything they suggested. I am sure it would have been worse if I had not.
Life is not the same. It never will be. They were shocked I had no trouble healing, all went well. I think I am the good story.
Don't make it worse. Do more, but very carefully, easily, or you might get hurt worse. Good luck.

May 21, 2015
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I can only imagine NEW
by: Anonymous

I wish you the best of luck and hope you are doing okay. I had ACL surgery on my left knee about a year ago and I understand how mentally strong you need to be to get through it. I can only imagine with 5 surgeries! I think keeping a positive mind is what helped me get through it the most. And push yourself on that goal to play in college. Knee surgery is the worst and it is not so easy to bounce back from! I give you a lot of credit. The experience is so tough that I would not even wish it on my worst enemy. I hope all is well!

Jan 22, 2015
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Re: Looking for advice also NEW
by: Amy

I'm so sorry to hear that! As hard as it is just tell him to be positive and never give up! The main thing I would tell him is that if he's going to try to continue playing is to not rush back. Make sure he takes his time with therapy and that before he even practices again, he is completely ready not only physically but mentally as well. I hope that helps! I also have a support page on Twitter (ACL_problems) if he has a Twitter he can follow me and reach out to me and tons of other people who have gone through the same thing. I hope he has a quick recovery!

Jan 22, 2015
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Re: Looking for advice also NEW
by: Amy

I'm so sorry to hear that! As hard as it is just tell him to be positive and never give up! The main thing I would tell him is that if he's going to try to continue playing is to not rush back. Make sure he takes his time with therapy and that before he even practices again, he is completely ready not only physically but mentally as well. I hope that helps! I also have a support page on Twitter (ACL_problems) if he has a Twitter he can follow me and reach out to me and tons of other people who have gone through the same thing. I hope he has a quick recovery!

Jan 21, 2015
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Looking for advise also NEW
by: Christen

My 15 year old son is facing a possible 3rd ACL injury in the same knee. In April 2012 he severed his ACL playing football. In Oct 2012 we did hamstring graft, 1st practice back the graft stretched out and was no good. In Feb 2014 he had the ACL reconstruction with patellar tendon... 1st Basketball game back in Jan the ACL tore again.... Not sure where to go from here.... Any advise or knowledge would be great...

Oct 29, 2014
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I understand. NEW
by: Anonymous

Mine weren't nearly as bad as yours, but I have had two knee surgeries in the past 13 months. In August of 2013 I found out that I had torn my meniscus clean off and had a bone to bone contact. We also found out that I had done it at the beginning of the summer, so I was walking around grinding two bones together for 3 months. The surgery only took a few hours and I was home pretty quickly but the physical therapy was a different story. It took 9 months for me to be 100% back- just in time for summer training. I went through this entire summer relieved that I was out of PT and playing volleyball again. Then, during practice back in September, I jumped up and landed at a weird angle. I could tell immediately that something was wrong. We went in to see the same people who did my surgery last year, and they welcomed me with open arms. My injury and surgery were both not as traumatic as last year, so I'm hoping the recovery won't be as long. I am now allowed to walk with a 30 degree range of motion and have to ride an elevator at school. I know this isn't nearly as bad, but I do have a glimpse of what you're going through. Two separate knees, the same injury, same position a year later. I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I know this must be so hard, but all I can say is keep going!

Oct 06, 2014
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Ouch! NEW
by: Andrea McCartney

Ouch! It's incredible that you've had to undergo five separate surgeries.

Aug 21, 2014
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never give up... NEW
by: Anonymous

i'm from india.i have had an acl reconstruction done in 2011 april and i tore the same acl in my left leg again this year.i had to undergo a revision and its almost 3 months post op.i'm actually a bit lazy on my physios...i'm not sure whether i can get back to active sports...i also had a hard time...infact stil having it...i find it very difficult to watch my friends play and me merely watching at them...whatsoever i believe we should never give up..if not playgrounds there are many other walks of life where we can come up...at last i jst love this page...wish we all could keep sharing our future experiences...feel so relieved after readind all that...thanks everyone...never give up

Mar 18, 2014
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best wishes NEW
by: Anonymous

i read your story and i really understand what you mut be going through or atleast i hope i do...i have been suffering from an acl tear,arthritis,PLRI,meniscal tears and then my graft was wasted on an extraarticular reconstruction.now being unable to walk properly,requiring a new surgery and all the pain aside becoming so dependent on others has me extremely stressed mentally as well...and in all this i find keeping a cheerful countenance is so impossible but i have to for the sake of all my loved ones...one thing i have learnt though is not to worry so much about everything...all things happen for a reason and what hasn't killed you has only made you that much more stronger,better...i hope all the best of wishes and luck to you...

Oct 29, 2013
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Patella NEW
by: Rich

I would recommend the Patella as well. Both of my knees are using that now and do ok for an old guy. Stay positive and focus hard on doing rehab! Do not slack off in rehab...the knee will feel pretty good after 4 months but if you don't finish hard the last 6 months you will pay for it.

Amy....I hope you are getting your college experience:) Sorry to hear about the meniscus but that will be easy for you! Good luck.

Oct 29, 2013
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Thanks for responding! NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your response! We need all the encouraging words we can get! Sucks about your meniscus tear! Not fair....no one should have to deal with knee issues that much!
Thanks again!

Oct 29, 2013
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RE. Advice? NEW
by: Amy

I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter retore her ACL! I know how frustrating that is, but my patella graft has by far been my strongest recovery. I haven't had any problems with my ACL since my 5th surgery, but unfortunately I retore my meniscus at one of my college softball practices and had to have a 6th knee surgery so I'm on the road to recovery once again. Please tell your daughter to stay positive and just keep working hard, she can get through this and comeback even stronger! Like I said before out of all of my surgeries I definitely had the best recovery with the patellar tendon graft. I wish your daughter the best of luck with her surgery and recovery!!

Oct 28, 2013
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Advice? NEW
by: Tara

My 14 year old daughter tore her ACL in April 2013 and we had he reconstruction surgery using cadaver tissue. 10 minutes into her first soccer practice after being cleared (6 months post surgery) and wearing a donjoy defiance brace, she retore the same ACL, her meniscus and sprained her MCL. Needless to say she is heartbroken. All that hard work for 10 minutes on the field. She is having the btb patella surgery on November 7 and we wanted to see how your recovery went. We hope you are doing well and can completely relate to the the devastation you feel. Please let us know any insights about your 5th surgery.
Thanks!

Aug 06, 2012
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RE. You can do it.
by: Amy

Rich, thank you so much for your support! That's like the first time somebody has encouraged me to play! I have been working very hard at rehab and my knee has never felt this strong. My surgeon said that i still have a long ways to go but not only should I be able to play again, but that I should be able to get released in time to play this coming season!

Aug 06, 2012
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You can do it.
by: Rich

If I were in your situation I would rehab to the best of my ability and go play in college. You are young enough and with the right rehab you can get your supporting musles SUPER strong to support your joint. The patella graft is the most secure and strongest in my humble opinion. I say that because it is the only one that has held up for me. Remember they might give you clearance at 6 to 8 months, but it takes a full year for everything to back in place and healed. So take it easy and build muscle the extra few months. College athletics is an experience unlike any other so take that chance. You can temper your lifestyle once you have that degree and a few more trophies:) Good Luck!

Aug 06, 2012
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Thank you
by: Amy

Thank you both so much for your support! Your stories are very relateable and inspiring! I just had my 2 month post-op check up with my surgeon and he said that I should be able to play again!!!! Although he also said that if I do play, I will probably end up tearing it again and needing a 6th surgery, but if I can play again I am willing to take that risk! Thanks again and I wish you both the best of luck!

Aug 06, 2012
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Thank you
by: Amy

Thank you both so much for your support! Your stories are very relateable and inspiring! I just had another check up with my surgeon and he said that I should be able to play again!!!! Although he also said that if I do play, I will probably end up tearing it again and needing a 6th surgery, but if I can play again I am willing to take that risk! Thanks again and I wish you both the best of luck!

Aug 02, 2012
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Keep your head up
by: Anonymous

I am just six months out of my 4th ACL surgery (two on each knee). I have had hamstring twice, patella once, and cadaver once. My first ACL tear was in 8th grade and I have been in physical therapy and had surgery throughout my whole high school life. I am just about to start my senior year and my surgeon told me that there is no chance that I will be allowed to play sports again..that absolutely killed me.
I know you don't want to hear my story, but I just started seeing a sports psychologist because I was definitely depressed about the whole thing. It was really hard for me to take the step to go talk to someone, but it is the best move I have made so far. I bottled it up, because I had no one to talk to and now talking to the psychologist is almost like a relief. If you have any questions or anything you can email me.. wood.elle@hotmail.com Stay Strong

Jul 29, 2012
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Good luck
by: Rich

I am currently rehabbing my 4th acl tear. Two on each side. I wish I had answers to why but I have come to accept it. What other choice do I have. I have tried to temper my lifestyle and stop playing sports as much. The competitive drive is hard to replace. I hope you have found something to replace your drive.....rhowes22@aol.com if you have questions.

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