Meg's volleyball ACL rupture

by Megan
(California)

I just found out I ruptured my ACL and sprained my MCL. I was playing beach volleyball a week ago and came down from a hit and heard my knee pop. It felt like my upper and lower leg went in different directions. Of course it hurt like crazy and started swelling immediately. I couldn't get an appointment with the doctor I wanted to see for 5 days after my injury. I actually saw the PA and she moved my leg in all different ways...let me tell you how much fun that was. I had almost no mobility in it and it felt like something was going to explode out of my leg when she bent it. So she ordered an MRI for me.


I got the news that I ruptured my ACL and sprained my MCL. She said that I can't do surgery until I get range of motion back and the swelling goes down. It was late Friday night when she told me and I was not prepared for that so I didn't know what questions to ask, but I do see the actual doctor this week. I have a couple questions for anyone who has been through this. One, the swelling does not seem to be going down even though I have been icing and elevating my leg. Does it take a while for that to go away? Also, my mobility is still horrible even though I have been resting it and now trying to do some simple stretching exercises and some straightening and bending. The last wierd thing is that my ball of my foot is tingly like it fell asleep and my lower leg and foot are freezing cold sometimes like someone put an ice pack on them. Is this normal? Any advice would be very appreciated.

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by: Bart - SII

It means a lot to know that the site has helped you deal with your injury. I just wish there was more time in the day so I could do more.

Bart

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Bart, I just wanted to let you know how helpful your site has been for me. I have never had any injury like this and had no idea what to do. I have gotten such great info here and it also helps to read other peoples stories. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us.

Nov 01, 2009
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by: Bart - SII

Meg, so sorry to hear about your injury. Thanks for sharing your story. The swelling will take awhile to go down - probably at least a week or more. Swelling from an ACL tear is an effusion, meaning it is inside the joint. So it takes the body awhile to reabsorb it. Also, because your injury was recent, your body is still in an inflammatory stage.

The swelling is what restricts your motion - so until that starts to subside, you won't be able to bend or straighten very much. Motion can also be restricted by the meniscus and torn ACL as well, which may not get better until surgery.

The numbness and cold feelings could be due to the swelling as well, which affects your circulation into the lower leg.

These are all good questions for you doctor. You should also look at Questions for your physician and all of the ACL Reconstruction Information on the site. It will help answer a lot of your questions.

It is a lot to take in, but stay motivated and you will do fine.

Bart

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