Jason ACL & Meniscus tear IRELAND!

by Jason
(Ireland)

Hi guys,thought id share mine too. Im 20 and football, is MY LIFE!


I play GAA football here in Ireland, and on August 24th, things changed dramatically for me. I play on the main team for my club and also on our county under 21 and senior team. Quite an achievement for someone who is 20 may i add lol. I had just broken onto the county senior team and was looking forward to progressing again. he injury happened in a meaningless league game, we were already qualified for the knock out rounds. 10 mins in, ball was going out of play, i ran full speed towards the line, jumped, caught the ball landed on my right leg and tried to push off it and turn at the same time. All i heard was snap, and i hit the floor screaming in pain. Never felt pain like it in my life. I was carted off the pitch, and initially the physio thought it was a torn MCL. Back in 6 weeks. WAHEY! not so much. Had an MRI 2 weeks later to make sure, results came back a day later, Ruptured ACL, complex tear in meniscus, torn LCL and MCL. Op needed on cartilage and acl. Devastated is not the word. Op being done by the top surgeon in Ireland, set for November the 7th. At the moment I'm with the best rehab specialist in the county, doing gym work every day to strengthen up my quads and hamstrings. Can walk okay on it, i turn wrong though and the pain is horrible. Can straighten it fully also. Horrible feeling to be honest, nervous about the surgery, but more nervous about when i get back. My biggest fear is not being able to get back to where i was, my game was all about pace and movement. My attitude to the rehab work is that I'm just gonna work as hard as i can to get back, I'm obsessed with coming back, this will either make me or break me, and I'm making sure, it makes me. Hard work and dedication to the progammes is all I'm thinking of at the moment. I felt like i was getting everything right in my career, then this. Its only a stepping stone to being the best! and, as i tell myself everyday, i will be back.

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Jun 10, 2015
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by: Anonymous

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May 06, 2012
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Do you think the surgeon made the difference? NEW
by: Caroline

Jason, well done, sounds like you're doing great.

I'm going to have an ACL reconstruction in August over here where I'm living the past 3 years, in Australia. I'm Irish thiugh.

Do you think the surgeon made the difference, you mentioned you were going to the top surgeon, who is that?

Australian ones are supposed to be v good but I've had two different opinions, both operating but one will take my patella tendon, the other suggests hamstring. I don't know yet, but it's my decision. Did you do any research into this?

Anyone has any comments please feel free to add.

Caroline

Oct 27, 2011
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graft!
by: Jason

They used a hamstring graft from my own hamstring! Which has made my hamstring very very very sore. its gradually getting stronger though!

Oct 26, 2011
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Graft Type?
by: Bart - SII

What kind of graft did they use for your ACL reconstruction? If I had to guess, it was a cadaver graft of some kind based on your progress so far... otherwise, you are a healing machine!!

Oct 26, 2011
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Update
by: Jason

Well guys, all the talk about how bad the op is, wow how wrong were you all..today is 2 weeks, 2 days post op!

woke up very drugged up, couldnt feel the pain really..had the op on monday at 5pm, was walking out of the hospital, unaided by crutches at 11pm the next day. Straight away i could weight bear on the leg, i could also fully straighten the leg, and bend about 100 degrees. The hospital were shocked i had such good movement and were more than happy to see me walk with one crutch out of there. (the crutch really did nothin)

Came home, iced it every hour for 20 mins every hour for 5-7 days and had my foot up on pillows to reduce swelling, bruising came out after a few days and by far this was the sorest part of the whole thing. My knee didnt hurt once after the op, the stitches did.

Never took pain pills, didnt need to, only anti-inflammatories.
Had a few exercises to do, leg lifts, leg straightening and bending up and down, done them 5-6 times a day for the first week.

After the first week of resting it up, was walking normal. Went to see my physio the next week, he said im 3 weeks ahead of schedule, resulting from all the work on done on strengthening my quads and hammers before the op.

Its 2 weeks now, im currently able to bend my leg fully getting my heel to touch my bum, stitches are all clean and out, bruising is all nearly gone, im pain free and flying with my rehab. Currently doing split squats, heel raises, hamstring strengthening exercises twice a day as well as cardio in the gym.

Overall, im very happy with how things went, my knee feels great, feels normal, pain free, and hard into my rehab work. I was worried beforehand, but i shouldnt have been. Im going to get through this, with a little luck, and a lot of hard work!

Oct 25, 2011
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Great Attitude!
by: Bart - SII

Jason, you have the right mindset - work as hard as you can with your recovery, follow the guidance of your doctors and therapists, and good things are bound to happen. It is a long road, and will be filled with lots of ups and downs - but it sounds like you can will make it.

Let us know how the surgery goes and how you are feeling.

Bart

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