Jeff's ACL Injury

by Jeff
(New York)

Hi, I'm a 25 year old male who underwent ACL reconstruction last Wednesday, 8.6.08. I also had a partial meniscus tear that needed to be repaired.


Two weeks ago I was playing full court basketball with a couple of friends. One a possession I drove to the basket, pulled up hard for a jump shot which fully extended my left leg. All I remember is my friend jumping into me and seeing him above me. Everything after happened in a flash. I heard a pop-scrunch sound and hit the floor. I just knew something was wrong and I immediately signaled my friends to carry me off the court. The next day I got an MRI and it was what I feared--a completely torn ACL.

It is now Day 4 post-surgery and all can say is that it's been tough. It's not really the pain that bothers me(I have more than enough meds for that), but the frustration. Simple things like getting up and going to the bathroom are difficult. I was very active before the injury and I think many of you can relate with me--I just want to be able to get back to the physical level I was prior to the injury.

However, I will remain diligent and optimistic about the future. I'm looking forward to starting PT tomorrow!

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Nov 11, 2008
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Helpful udates
by: K from SC

Jeff,
Thanks for the updates...it is very helpful for those who are trailing close behind you. I am 11 days post op and looking so forward to the time when things seem normal again. At first, all I could think about was getting back to my sport, now, normal life sounds like a very nice (short term) goal! K

Sep 10, 2008
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5 weeks out
by: Jeff

It's been exactly 5 weeks since I had my ACL reconstructive surgery and everything is going well believe. I stopped wearing the leg brace and started walking around. Man it's nice. My leg feels the most normal after biking or some walking but the stiffest in the morning. I still try to ice when I can. I have full extension but am still lacking in full flexion. My PT hasn't really concerned herself with that.

As far as PT, we've added one-leg balancing, step ups, wall squats, and the leg press(low weight).

Actual stairs are still a little weird for me and I'm feeling some nagging pain just below the kneecap sometimes. Is this normal?

Sep 10, 2008
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5 weeks out
by: Jeff

It's been exactly 5 weeks since I had my ACL reconstructive surgery and everything is going well believe. I stopped wearing the leg brace and started walking around. Man it's nice. My leg feels the most normal after biking or some walking but the stiffest in the morning. I still try to ice when I can. I have full extension but am still lacking in full flexion. My PT hasn't really concerned herself with that.

As far as PT, we've added one-leg balancing, step ups, wall squats, and the leg press(low weight).

Actual stairs are still a little weird for me and I'm feeling some nagging pain just below the kneecap sometimes. Is this normal?

Aug 30, 2008
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Get that Extension!!
by: Bart - SII

You sound like you are doing great! Get that extension as soon as you can - that should be your number one absolute most important priority - flexion will come with time, but the extension is the key to progressing your recovery - it lets you walk completely normal without a limp, it engages your quads and allows a maximal contraction, and it keeps everything else in line, like your hips and your low back.

For 3 weeks out, you are doing great!

Bart

Aug 30, 2008
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Jeff's update 3+ weeks out
by: Anonymous

Alright, I'm now a little over 3 weeks post surgery. Im still doing PT and home exercises diligently--they definitely help. Just taking Motrin here and there. I'm almost at full extension and flexion is coming along nicely. I'm off crutches but I still wear my leg brace when I go outside. When I'm in the apt I try to leave it off. It seems like there is a long road ahead of me haha. It is definitely weaker and just sore most of the time. Falling asleep is a little tough for me but the mornings are the worst 'cause of the stiffness.

As much as I want to speed up the process, I'm being trying to stay level-headed and realistic. My next goal is to ditch the leg brace.

Aug 13, 2008
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Good Luck!
by: Bart - SII

Jeff, thanks for sharing your ACL story. Best of luck with your recovery and the next 6 months!

Bart

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