Motorcycle wreck causes ACL injury

by MC Crash
(Boise,ID)

before acl surgery

before acl surgery

I was minding my own business riding my motorcycle to work when a car decided to turn left in front of me - hit it broadside at over 30mph. Rushed to the hospital with a compound fracture of the left femur. (I was wearing a helmet, gloves, heavy jacket, etc.)


Surgeon put a rod in my leg - left hospital after 4 days on crutches. At first followup, (knee in constant pain) - doc informed me that my knee was also damaged, sent me for an MRI. MRI showed torn ACL and damaged meniscus - sent me to pre-surgery physical therapy to try to regain strength and Range of Motion (ROM) before surgery - went 3 weeks - could only achieve 90 degrees flexion and still 10 degrees from extension. Have had issues with swelling since the accident.

Had surgery on outpatient basis (about 2 months after the injury), first few days felt really great - then the swelling took over (again) - at 1 week visited physical therapy again - 18 degrees from extension and 87 degrees flexion. Also saw doc that day - said he did an allograft of the ACL and trimmed the meniscus. Now doing physical therapy 3x week - at 5weeks I am 8 degrees from extension and 111 degrees flexion.

Advice

The stronger your leg is and the better the ROM going in, the faster you will recover. Do everything the Physical Therapist tells you to. I have been visiting a massage therapist - that helps get the muscles moving again too.

Even when it starts feeling "normal" don't push it - give your body the 6 months to heal before doing anything risky. ICE - 20 minutes every hour or use a circulating ice machine - essential the first week - and everytime it feels hot, 20 minutes every hour.

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Sep 14, 2015
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Oct 19, 2008
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old injury
by: Bart - SII

Waiting 4 years after an ACL tear shouldn't be a problem. You likely have a bit more wear and tear on the meniscus of the knee, but once the ACL is torn, it doesn't come back - so a reconstruction, even 4 years later, should help with your knee for the long term.

Definitely worth talking to your doctor about, now that the surgery is covered.

Bart

Oct 19, 2008
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Old ACL injury
by: Casey M

My ACL injury happended almost 4 years ago but I didn't have insurance to cover the surgery. I got back on my feet asap and have done everything posible to strengthen my knee.

Lately though, through a series of unfortunate steps my old injury has flared up and is giving me grief.

Question: is it too late for the surgery? Does the muscle atrophy if it isn't fixed directly after the injury? I now have a medical plan that may cover the operation and I would like to know before hand if I am going to receive bad news, like, you waited too long.

Please, I don't know how I found this sight, May never find it again.(email illiterate)If you have an answer please direct me back here or write to me directly by contacting me at Coastaleddy48@yahoo.com.

Thank you and take care,
Casey M, Riverside, Ca

Jun 14, 2008
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Great Advice and exactly right...
by: Bart - SII

You are exactly right - when it comes to ACL surgery, the better your range of motion beforehand the quicker the initial recovery.

It sounds like you are progressing with your motion. Hang in there - you should do well, considering all of the other stuff going on with your leg!

Thanks for the great picture - keep us posted on how you progress!

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