Question - Timeline for Recovery (ACL,MCL, PCL, LCL)

by Amy
(Ga)

7 months ago I tore my MCL, ACl, PCL, LCL and medial meniscus playing soccer. I had surgery 4 and a half months ago to fix it. Will I be able to go back to running and playing soccer? What's the usual length for someone being able to return to full mobility?

I have one more question which is different. I have pain in the upper right side of my calf just below the knee. What could this be caused by?

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Nov 05, 2012
Good Luck NEW
by: Pat R

I tore all four 29 years ago. Surgery was crude back then but it took 6 to 7 months before I was playing baseball. Never played football again, but have been active ever since. Running, baseball, basketball, softball, flag football. Left leg(the one I tore up) is still smaller than the right leg and if I don't keep active the difference get's worse. The biggest minor setbacks have always been pulled hamstrings. You have to create as much muscle balance as possible or you will have cronic problems with this. On the positive side I would think in today's world you could be back in less than 6 months as long as it is not a contact/collision sport.

Sep 28, 2012
Dr. Fanelli NEW
by: Jesse

Hey, I also had multiple ligament surgery back in November 2008 (acl, lcl and mcl-all cadaver allografts). Dr. Fanelli was my surgeon and I have to say he did a fantastic job. The only problem with me was the Pysical therapists I had, had never rehabed a multiple ligament surgery. Also, I was only able to do PT 3-4times a week for about 3 months because of the limits on my parents insurance.

Fortunately, I was able to get 0 degrees exstention but I was never able to get the exstention in my right knee (one operated on) to equal my left knee (hyperexstention).

Anyway, to this day I still have atrophy in my right thigh and I continue to work on it everyday.

My advice if you ever want to be able to run normal again or play a sport after having a serious accident like that?

1) Go to Dr. Fanelli and have your surgery done by him. When it comes to multiple ligament surgery he really is the best
2) FOLLOW YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY EXACTLY AS HE LAYS IT OUT TO YOU. I honestly cannot emphasize just how important it is to do the PT, and not only do it but giving it 100% when you do it.
3) Even when PT is over, follow his at home exercise routine that he will give you because that is equally as important as the PT itself
4) When your at home exercise routine is done...go to the gym 5 days a week and faithfully do any and every exercise you can to strengthen your quadriceps, ride the static bike, elliptical, etc....

Thats all I have to say about that. Good luck

Sep 28, 2012
ACL,MCL,LCL reconstruction-Dr. Fanelli NEW
by: Jesse

Hey, I also had multiple ligament surgery back in November 2008 (acl, lcl and mcl-all cadaver allografts). Dr. Fanelli was my surgeon and I have to say he did a fantastic job. The only problem with me was the Pysical therapists I had, had never rehabed a multiple ligament surgery. Also, I was only able to do PT 3-4times a week for about 3 months because of the limits on my parents insurance.

Fortunately, I was able to get 0 degrees exstention but I was never able to get the exstention in my right knee (one operated on) to equal my left knee (hyperexstention).

Anyway, to this day I still have atrophy in my right thigh and I continue to work on it everyday.

My advice if you ever want to be able to run normal again or play a sport after having a serious accident like that?

1) Go to Dr. Fanelli and have your surgery done by him. When it comes to multiple ligament surgery he really is the best
2) FOLLOW YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY EXACTLY AS HE LAYS IT OUT TO YOU. I honestly cannot emphasize just how important it is to do the PT, and not only do it but giving it 100% when you do it.
3) Even when PT is over, follow his at home exercise routine that he will give you because that is equally as important as the PT itself
4) When your at home exercise routine is done...go to the gym 5 days a week and faithfully do any and every exercise you can to strengthen your quadriceps, ride the static bike, elliptical, etc....

Thats all I have to say about that. Good luck

Sep 28, 2012
ACL,MCL,LCL reconstruction-Dr. Fanelli NEW
by: Jesse

Hey, I also had multiple ligament surgery back in November 2008 (acl, lcl and mcl-all cadaver allografts). Dr. Fanelli was my surgeon and I have to say he did a fantastic job. The only problem with me was the Pysical therapists I had, had never rehabed a multiple ligament surgery. Also, I was only able to do PT 3-4times a week for about 3 months because of the limits on my parents insurance.

Fortunately, I was able to get 0 degrees exstention but I was never able to get the exstention in my right knee (one operated on) to equal my left knee (hyperexstention).

Anyway, to this day I still have atrophy in my right thigh and I continue to work on it everyday.

My advice if you ever want to be able to run normal again or play a sport after having a serious accident like that?

1) Go to Dr. Fanelli and have your surgery done by him. When it comes to multiple ligament surgery he really is the best
2) FOLLOW YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY EXACTLY AS HE LAYS IT OUT TO YOU. I honestly cannot emphasize just how important it is to do the PT, and not only do it but giving it 100% when you do it.
3) Even when PT is over, follow his at home exercise routine that he will give you because that is equally as important as the PT itself
4) When your at home exercise routine is done...go to the gym 5 days a week and faithfully do any and every exercise you can to strengthen your quadriceps, ride the static bike, elliptical, etc....

Thats all I have to say about that. Good luck

Sep 07, 2012
Dr. Gregory Fanelli in Danville Pennsylavina NEW
by: Pug- Love

If you have done anything to you knee, that you need surgery on an ACL, PCL, or MCL. GO TO DR. FANELLI!!! He is the best!! From personal experience, I can't say enough good things about him! When I had my accident, ( I fell off a DDR machine and dislocated my patella, and my ACL, PCL and MCL tore, well there was nothing left them. Someone told me to go to him because I needed to have cadivar tendons put in. He did my surgery, and everything went fantastic!! My knee is as normal as It could ever get! He helped me walk again and I will never be able to thank him enough! Go to him if you have any sports related injury!!

Sep 07, 2012
I had to have a donor ACL, PCL, and MCL put in my knee. NEW
by: Pug-Love

Heey there. About 2 years ago I completely shredded my ACL, PCL, and MCL. I had to have all three of them reconstructed. Two years later, my knee still hurts everyday. I could run If I wanted to, but I would feel every step I take. I'm not trying to crush your dreams, but Theres no way in hell I would be able to play a soccor game. My advice to you is, try as hard as you can in physical therapy!!! I didn't do everything I was suppose to and I regret it everyday!! I hope everything goes will with you!

Aug 10, 2012
Need to speed up recovery tim NEW
by: Volleyball Player

Hi! My knee cap has popped out and popped back into place. The doctor said that it should recover in 1-2 weeks time, but it's been almost a week(Sunday) and I have volleyball tryouts on Monday. How can I insure that my knee will be able to take the physical recommendations require for the tryouts. My knee is able to bend, and I can walk. Around the kneecap it's still swollen, but not as much as it was when it popped out. If I tape and put a knee brace on my knee, will that be okay?

Jul 28, 2012
Basketball injury - 17 year old daughter with scholarships NEW
by: Anonymous

My daughter injured her knee this past Monday during a bball game. She did not hear the famous "pop" but was in extreme pain. We were out of town and the ER doc initially diagnosed her as having a dislocated knee. They took an x-ray and told us this. My daughter said she saw her knee go out and come back in very fast. We had an MRI yesterday and won't be able to get the results until next Thursday when both the sports doc and the surgeon can be there. My daughter has 7 bball scholarships on the table plus a few that were about to offer her. What happens to those offers? Do these schools walk away from her?

The sports doc did an initial test of her leg and said surgery is a must and it is most likely her ACL - our worst fear. What are the chances it's not her ACL? How often are they wrong? The knee is not as swollen today but she still can't straighten it out all the way nor can she put her full weight. We are expecting the worst but are praying it is not as bad as the doctors are indicating.

Jul 27, 2012
Dr. Fanelli is the best NEW
by: John

Yes, you're right about Dr. Fanelli. I have nothing but good things to say about him and his staff, they really have made the best out of a very severe injury. He's very involved in the whole process, I remember the first time I met him, I was escorted from the exam room to the X-ray room and Doc Fanelli came into the room to assist with the X-rays, I thought that was really cool. He's the best doc I've ever met and I'm delighted to be in good hands.

Jul 27, 2012
Dr. Fanelli NEW
by: Concerned Mom

My son had Dr. Fanelli, too. He is truly one of the best in the world. It was helpful to us that we had gotten one of his books on multi-ligament knee reconstruction and followed that as our guide on what to expect each week. Dr. Fanelli is ultra-conservative with his rehabilitation, but my son is back and better than ever. Dr. Fanelli even told us that my son's ACL and LCL recovery is not only the best he himself has ever done, but also the best he has ever seen. Lots of hard work after surgery. PT five days a week for one full year. Very fortunate to have such a skilled surgeon, as well as a knowledgeable physical therapist.

Jul 27, 2012
ACL, PCL, MCL reconstruction NEW
by: John

I tore my ACL, PCL and MCL in a dirtbike accident back on March 4th. After seeing several docs, X-rays, MRI, ultrasound I was referred to a multi ligament specialist, Doc Fanelli, in Danville, Pa. I had my surgery on May 14th, 3 cadaver tendons, 6 screws and 45 staples later my knee was completely reconstructed. I was under the impression that I would start therapy approximately a week later, I was going off of people I talked to at therapy with ACL injuries, but my doc said I wouldn't be able to do anything for 8-10 weeks, he said that it's very important the MCL is set really before bending the leg. I returned a week after surgery to have the staples taken out and much to my surprise there wasn't hardly any swolling or bruising, a testament to how great Doc Fanelli is. I then my leg in a locked out brace for the next 5 weeks, I did lots of cold water therapy, quad flexes and calf pumps during this period. My next visit I was cleared to unlock my brace and start therapy, a very passive and non weight bearing type of therapy. My therapist was impressed with my quad control, I owe to years of cycling and dirtbike riding and doing the quad flexes starting the day after surgery. I have been in therapy now for 6 weeks and my quad strength is coming back, my ROM is at 105 degrees and this past week I was cleared to start working on walking without crutches. My last therapy session I walked on the treadmill for 3 minutes, it wasn't pretty but I did it. I'm progressing slowly but surely and have come a long way so far and have a long way to go. I think the secret to coming back from this injury is listen to your Doc, do the therapy and surround yourself with positive support.

Jul 19, 2012
knee issues NEW
by: Anonymous

Rj I stepped in a hole Feb 21..I had an mri and found my entire knee was blown out and it left me with a dropped foot. Off subject but I had an open heart surgery march 14 and my first knee surgery april 27 for all of the "guts" that would stabilize my acl. I am having my second knee surgery july 27. At that time the nerve specialist will explore my peroneal tendon which is causing my drop foot. My injury was a 5 on a 1-5 scale.. I had made it to 100 motion in therapy which my surgeon required b4 he would proceed with my acl surgery. Best wishes and try and stay positive..my husband has been wonderful keeping my spirit up.

Jul 19, 2012
knee issues NEW
by: Anonymous

Rj I stepped in a hole Feb 21..I had an mri and found my entire knee was blown out and it left me with a dropped foot. Off subject but I had an open heart surgery march 14 and my first knee surgery for all of the "guts" that would stabilize my acl. I am having my second knee surgery july 27. At that time the nerve specialist will explore my peroneal tendon which is causing my drop foot. My injury was a 5 on a 1-5 scale.. I had made it to 100 motion in therapy which my surgeon required b4 he would proceed with my acl surgery. Best wishes and try and stay positive..my husband has been wonderful keeping my spirit up.

Jul 12, 2012
UPDATE... NEW
by: Texas Attorney

Thought to drop a note to update. Injured right knee in February, 1st surgery in March. Repaired MCL and meniscus, ACL was not repaired (completely ripped, but the ACL surgery was to follow)

Worked through PT for 3 months, and had motion up to a bit more than 60 degrees... and I was stuck. Surgeon recommended a 2nd surgery to remove scar tissue. Went in on the 24th of May, and surgeon removed a TON of scar tissue. IMMEDIATE improvement... I could bend my knee to 90+ degrees. Today, the knee remains stable and I can move to 145 degrees. ACL surgery is now a question (if the knee remains stable, the surgeon recommends I live without it).

Working on muscle strengthening now... regardless, I am no longer on crutches or cane; walking with a bit of a limp. Fortunately, also able to drive again.

Note- for comparison, I am a 41 year old male, moderately active.

Best of luck to all!

Jul 12, 2012
needing advice NEW
by: RJ

if anyone has had their acl,pcl and lcl reconstructed with donor ligaments please let me know how soon you started therapy and did they use heat before stretching and ice at the end of the session. also how bad was the pain during therapy. my surgeon would not allow any bending of the knee for 4 wks after surgery and now he wonders why i dont have as much motion as he would like, i've had one therapy session with slight bending of the knee and the pain was almost unbareable, but i know it is not going to be easy and i will have to suffer through the pain to get better. just wondering if maybe my surgeon waited too long to start motion therapy..i also suffer from a drop foot, so i have two problems going on...any info or advice would greatly be appreciated........

Jun 20, 2012
Tore ACL PCL and MCL NEW
by: Anonymous

I had sugery 2.5 months after injury and am now 4.5 months after sugery.. I am working out hard evry day with NO plyo and NO agility yet.. Dr will not release me for these until at least 6 months post OP. I had all 3 ligments replaced with cadaver parts and I am 50 years old so nomatter how old you are with alot of work you can get yourself back to what you love to do :-)

Jun 11, 2012
How much does age have to do with recovery NEW
by: carolyn

I am 70 years old with many other medical issues including addison's desease.

I fell off of a ladder (short) and completely tore in half my ACL, PCL, Medial Collateral Ligament, and one more on the outside of my knee. I had surgery and two cadavers were screwed in for the ACL and PCL. I was in a wheel chair for 8 weeks as the doctor did not want any weight at all on my knee.

I have almost the same range of motion with the knee that I had before but not completely.

My problem is soreness and it seems to have nothing between bone on bone. My other knee is experiencing the same thing so it might be something other than the surgery. I can kneel on it but have trouble running.

I am a very active person. In the last five months I have learned to sail a 34' sail boat and I have been riding my own motorcycle for 11 years.

Do you have any sugestions for the discomfort? I still take one pain med a day to sleep.

Thank you for your help

Jun 11, 2012
How much does age have to do with recovery NEW
by: carolyn

I am 70 years old with many other medical issues including addison's desease.

I fell off of a ladder (short) and completely tore in half my ACL, PCL, Medial Collateral Ligament, and one more on the outside of my knee. I had surgery and two cadavers were screwed in for the ACL and PCL. I was in a wheel chair for 8 weeks as the doctor did not want any weight at all on my knee.

I have almost the same range of motion with the knee that I had before but not completely.

My problem is soreness and it seems to have nothing between bone on bone. My other knee is experiencing the same thing so it might be something other than the surgery. I can kneel on it but have trouble running.

I am a very active person. In the last five months I have learned to sail a 34' sail boat and I have been riding my own motorcycle for 11 years.

Do you have any sugestions for the discomfort? I still take one pain med a day to sleep.

Thank you for your help

May 27, 2012
question about knee surgery NEW
by: Summer

I had surgery back in February for a torn acl,mcl, and meniscus. I went to thearpy for a month and a half. but the day i had my surgery a nurses aide let me fell. I could feel anything because my leg was still numb. I went back to went back to work two weeks ago but i noticed that i walk with a limp. To me it feels like i am bending my knee but it look like my knee sticks out. Is something wrong with my knee?

May 27, 2012
question about knee surgery NEW
by: Summer

I had surgery back in February for a torn acl,mcl, and meniscus. I went to thearpy for a month and a half. but the day i had my surgery a nurses aide let me fell. I could feel anything because my leg was still numb. I went back to went back to work two weeks ago but i noticed that i walk with a limp. To me it feels like i am bending my knee but it look like my knee sticks out. Is something wrong with my knee?

May 20, 2012
25 Years Later NEW
by: Bill in AZ

Tore ACL PCL MCL and LCL - along with rupture of biceps muscle and tear of muscle sheath and menial meniscus tear (intramural football - hit below right knee while in full stride). Since I was only 20 at the time and stuck to rehab, I was back to running in about a year and finished a 4.2 mile race a couple of weeks ago in less than 36 minutes. Bottom line - take care of your rehab and be good to your knee and you can continue to be active over time. That being said, anyone found a really good running shoe that helps minimize post-run discomfort?

May 07, 2012
did i re-tear?? NEW
by: Anonymous

Had surgery 9/28/11, I've gotten back into running again, and starting to feel confident again, but still couldnt sprint or cut. I just had a huge set back. I was dancing over the weekend and felt my knee "slip out". Its now a little swollen and very stiff...... I didn't feel a sharp pain or snap. I'm hoping I just overworked it, but any thoughts or personal experiences would be greatly appreciate.

May 01, 2012
ACL and MCL replacement NEW
by: Graham (UK)

My daughter tore both her ACL and MCL whilst skiing in Feb 2012 (a very small fall and we couldn't believe the damage). She had surgery about a month later. ACL was repaired with harvest from hamstring. MCL was repaired with teflon artificial ligament (we don't do cadaver repairs in UK). A screw was inserted and bone staples were used. She could abandon the crutches 3 weeks after surgery. She abadoned the leg brace after 6 weeks. 6 weeks into recovery now she is doing regular excercises twice a day and has been told to step up her swimming and try some cycling. Knee flexion is about 100 degree mark. She has been told it will take up to 9 months to get back to where she was which for a 17 year old is a hard message. You need to really focus on your exercises and physio. We were told the replaced MCL elongages the ACL recovery time almost twofold.

Apr 27, 2012
It gets better! NEW
by: Beth

I completely tore my ACL, MCL and PCL in 2009. About a month later I had surgery to reattach my MCL and replace my ACL and PCL with cadaver grafts. I was in on crutches for about three months after surgery and in a brac for a while after. I was in physical therapy for at least nine months after and under care for a total of one year. Three years later, I feel like I can do everything that I ever did before. I returned to Tae Kwon Do, I run, do a lot of cardio/pylometric training and pretty much anything else I want to. I am cautious about the risks I take because my surgeon always warned me that if I tear out my grafts, she can't drill bigger holes in my bones, so a total knee replacement would probably be the result. I just want everyone to know that with time, exercise, rest and patience you can go back to doing anything you want to do. My knee is tight feeling at times, especially when the weather changes or rain is coming, but if I keep up with working out fairly often, I feel good. Hang in there - you WILL get better!

Apr 25, 2012
Acl,pcl,mcl miniscus NEW
by: Jay-uk

I tore my acl ,pcl and grade 3 mcl aswell as meniscus playing football(soccer) in feb 2012. 8 weeks later and today I have seen my sergeon, he tells me he will be using doner and sythetic grafts , I am 23 and fairly active on a day to day basis . I play football 2 times a week minimum (amature level) like to run and occasionally work out, also I am a carpenter wich is quite labour intensive, I would like to hear about people's experiences with similar injurys and types of grafts used. From your experiences is it possible to return to football and other sports.
Thanks in advance .

Apr 10, 2012
Response to Nick- NEW
by: Texas Attorney

Nick;

Thanks for the words of encouragement. Good luck with your recovery as well- prayers sent!

Regards,
Brian

Apr 10, 2012
Similar situation NEW
by: Nick

I have a similar situation about the same time and had surgery on March 6. Weird huh? I had (all at one time!) my MCL, ACL, replaced with cadavers and my PCL and pattelar femoral ligament re-anchored. Although I;m not in physical theropy yet I am however doing the bending exercises and am at about 70 degrees. I feel your pain and empathize with you fears and depressions.

Apr 10, 2012
Similar situation NEW
by: Nick

I have a similar situation about the same time and had surgery on March 6. Weird huh? I had (all at one time!) my MCL, ACL, replaced with cadavers and my PCL and pattelar femoral ligament re-anchored. Although I;m not in physical theropy yet I am however doing the bending exercises and am at about 70 degrees. I feel your pain and empathize with you fears and depressions.

Mar 26, 2012
Frustration NEW
by: Texas Attorney

Blew out my ACL, MCL and meniscus on 24 February 2012. Had surgery on the MCL and meniscus on 6 March 2012, and am now in physical therapy. I have the ACL surgery in 6 weeks.

Trust me... I am frustrated and depressed. The knee is locked up tight, although I went from 30 deg. motion to 53 deg. motion last week. Second PT scheduled for today, and I'm pushing to get motion. I'm doing the exercises, but man... the pain is horrible and I'm concerned I won't get the full range back in my knee.

AAARRRGGHHH... prayers, please...

Jan 29, 2012
LCL injury NEW
by: Chuy

I popped my LCL about 5 weeks ago playing soccer, i didnt really stopped playing until 3 weeks in, ive been off almost 3 weeks, my question is when does it start feeling like its getting better? My chiropractor says i might have tore my LCL but only a slight tare and diagnosed me 8 weeks resting. When will i know to start exercising again?

Jan 08, 2012
torn ACL, MCL, LCL, Lateral Meniscus, Medial Meniscus, Total Knee Dislocation NEW
by: cristian saldivar

I tore up all my knee this year in october, its january and im still going through my rehab Just keep working on your patella tendon, keep moving it, and work on your range of motion, work alot on a stationary bike for quad muscle

Dec 07, 2011
Hit by a car... NEW
by: Maurice

At 23, I was in an accident resulting in completely tearing my ACL with some bone matter stuck to it, and tore my MCL, and damaged my PCL. I was an avid weight trainer, I was able to bench press 365lbs and squat a good 800lbs. I was in pretty good shape before the accident. I had to go through surgery in Feburaury, 2011. I was in extreme pain for a couple weeks but I forced myself into getting better. I did exactly what the doctor advised me to do. I didn't quite make to all of the Physical Therapy sessions. Since I had read about knee injuries and therapy, I was able to do it on my own. I was used to doing things on my own, such as training and weight lifting. Around March of 2011, I was able to walk ok and slightly bend my knee. By April I was able to jog and kinda run, not sprinting. In April I was able to obtain my Red Card for Firefighting. I was able to pass the Pack test which was, being able to make 3 miles under 30 mins with a 45lbs pack on my back. I was called for 3 fires and was successful. I trained again but not too extreme. I lost alot of weight and muscle over the time but slowly getting it all back and can nearly bend my knee fully and sprint. I'm able to gain back what I had lost. Today, December 2011, I am in boxing and training regularily.

Nov 17, 2011
pcl NEW
by: Matt

i injured my pcl. at a football game about a month and a half ago. i had surgery october 20th to repair my pcl from not a full tear but a a big tear kind of. i ca walk and run now and it does not hurt as much. would i be able to come back and play basketball in december? its my senior year and schools are looking at me.

Sep 30, 2011
do u ever fully recover?
by: Anonymous

I tore my acl/lcl/mcl and pcl about 4 years ago playing football, the doctor cleared me to play competitive sports but i really cant compete like i use to is it just me, is there an excersice i can do or will i never be the same?

Sep 30, 2011
do u ever fully recover?
by: Anonymous

I tore my acl/lcl/mcl and pcl about 4 years ago playing football, the doctor cleared me to play competitive sports but i really cant compete like i use to is it just me, is there an excersice i can do or will i never be the same?

Sep 21, 2011
All the ligaments!
by: Anonymous

I torn all the ligaments in my knee in february 2011. I was playing volleyball. I also have nerve damaged and have to wear an afo. My first surgery was a week after injury and my second surgery was in June 2011. It has been a long road, I still have pain and swelling. I just wonder if I will get back to normal.

Sep 19, 2011
ACL, MCL, 2 screws removed and partial arthritu
by: sergio

16 years ago, I injured my knee playing basketball. At that time only 18 years old, I had ALC, MCL, PCL and LCL reconstructive surgery. I had 2 screws placed which to this day I had no real understanding as to its purpose. I was young and recovered well. Within 16 weeks, I had full ROM and felt very strong. In retrospect I wish I waited a few more months before going back and playing competitive sports. Within a years later, I started having really bad knee pains but I prolonged going back to see the surgeon for a long time to avoid the inevitable, new surgery. I'm now 3 weeks into a new surgery. I had 2 screws removed, ACL and MCL fixed up and arthritus build up removed. I'm 16 years older in my late 30's and Physical Therapy is much harder. I have about 90 degrees ROM but I still don't feel comfortable puting much weight on it. I will definitely wait an entire 9-12 months before doing any competitive sports. Unless you're a professional athlete, there is no need to push yourself and have to be in the same position a few years later, TAKE YOUR TIME!! It's not worth ha ing to do a redo and go through this pain and discomfort all over again, trust me. I have always been in shape and fairly strong, 6 ft, 185 lbs. I work out a lot and yet sometimes our pride gets in the way. I don't want to have anymore knee procedures so good PT and lots of strengthening so I can really trust time and not my emotions. Good luck everyone!!!

Aug 31, 2011
Torn Mcl
by: Justin

I have torn my mcl in my right knee due to suffering from a bull riding injury. what are the chances i will have to have surgery to repair it?

Jul 22, 2011
Keep bending/stretching your knee
by: Anonymous

It is so important to focus on ROM after reconstruction. The exercises can be painful and annoying but it worth it.

If you are an athletic person, you will be able to get back to whatever activities you were doing prior to your injury. It will just take time and commitment. Lots of muscle strengthing and working on ROM!

GOod Luck. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Jul 22, 2011
reply: running
by: concerned mom

My son is 7 months past ACL/LCL reconstruction and has been straight-line running for three weeks. His surgeon said, however, NO TREADMILL.

Jul 22, 2011
acl pcl lcl recon.
by: Anonymous

anyone with multiple ligament reconstruction, been told not to run ever again? also has anyone had to have scar tissue removed because they weren't able to get motion back?

Jun 27, 2011
9 Months after LCL, my knee continues to pop
by: Lacey

I had surgery to repair a torn LCL 9 months ago. When I walk my knee pops after about 10 steps. If I keep the knee in the bent position for too long when I straighten it out it makes a BIG pop. I'm going back to the Ortho Doc in a few days but I am wondering what the problem could be.

Jun 14, 2011
acl/lcl 6 mos. post op. returning to sports?
by: Concerned Mom

My son tore both his acl and lcl and had knee reconstruction six months ago with two allografts. (Thank you, donors!) Had return appointment today and was told by surgeon that, although he would clear my son to return to football in August, he would not recommend doing it. I must note that his surgeon is world-renowned, ultra-conservative and insanely cautious. My son was completely non-weight bearing for two months but dove right into therapy as soon as he was cleared to go and has been going to rehab. five days a week for the past four months. His therapists have insisted he will be ready to go (and should play) when football season rolls around. Now the surgeon has recommended waiting until basketball season to return because it will be one full year from his surgery date. My son is devastated by this news. Of course I am urging him to listen to his doctor, but was wondering when most people with these injuries return to sports? Thanks in advance for the input and opinions!

Jun 09, 2011
the pain
by:

acl pcl and pedeller where repaired with donor parts, also medial maniscus repair all done on may 2011 i have been too pt 4 times and im at 45 percent r o m . pt again tommorow and not looking forword to it . the pain is terrible and it does not feel like i will ever get full r o m . i take pain meds before pt but it does not help.. any body have any words of hope for me ?

Jun 07, 2011
frustated
by: Aderito Carlos

hey there... i had my ACL MCL reconstructed 3 weeks ago, iam able to bend 90,, i can't go further than that,,, i tore my ligaments while playing soccer, i bad landed,

Jun 02, 2011
Just the Beginning
by: Thosha

I wanted to do some research on my injury and boy did I get a head full here. My foot got caught in a ripped pocket of carpet on some steps, May 21, 2011, causing me to fall from the porch. Seriously it threw me 3 feet underneath the bushes. I found myself laying in the wet mulch with a fractured tibial, fractured fibula, completed disruption of the acl, mcl, pcl, and tears in the meniscus without a bruise, cut or scrape!!! My Dr. wants the fractures to heal, then we will work on the other issues. I'm truly frustrated, I am trying not to get depressed as I was looking forward to a summer of riding. I learned how to ride last summer, bought my own motorcycle, now it looks as if my summer is shot down for riding!!! I know everyone's case is different but one thing I learned from the above comments is that it's alot of work geting back to normal or your new normal. I'm 51 and female and I've got the heart of a giraffe and an elephant since their suppose to have the strongest hearts of all animals. I gotta do what I gotta do to acheive what I must acheive- walking without this brace and full motion of MY knee. I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their experience and strength, reading your comments brought this into perspective for me. Press on everyone press on and move forward. I know that whatever I put into this is what I'll get back!!!

May 21, 2011
ACL, MCL, PCL and Medial Meniscus
by: Bhavik

I had my ACL, MCL, PCL and Medial Meniscus repaired on May 12, 2011. I tore them all back on Oct 6, 2010 in a football game but had to wait for surgery. I was out of walking initially after getting hurt for about 3 weeks but after that I used a knee brace and then was completely back to normal, just could not run. I am now at a little over a week after surgery with about 70 degrees of flexion and discomfort at times in the knee mainly from the staples. I have been told 6 weeks of non-bearing with crutches and my muscles have definitely atrophied. Hopefully Im right on track.

May 12, 2011
reconstruction surgery 11 years ago
by: Andrew

I tore my acl, lcl, and mcl all within the span of 5 minutes 11 years ago when I ran into the wall knee first in a squash tournament. I required 9 hours of surgery and close to a year of full recovery from the surgery. Believe me for those needing surgery, it is the worst feeling out there having one of your legs completely immobilized, although once it fully heals, your leg will feel 10 times stronger.

Mar 25, 2011
I have no hope.
by: Dawn

I fell at home 2009 completely tore my mcl,pcl,acl and lcl was hospitilized for 3 months
had afixator put on and physical therapy,could not do therapy from being so drugged up.Got sent home.Have been in a hospital bed in my livingroom since then and now after getting off the drugs I learned to walk with a walker no weight on left leg.I weighed 454 pounds(my own fault)now i weigh 367 pounds and can not find a surgeon to help me until I weigh 300 or less. I am so depressed and feel hopeless my life is over. I know I will never walk again...I just need someone to listen to me.dawndoll53@yahoo.com

Mar 07, 2011
Bored Silly!
by: Anonymous

Hi On the 12 Jann 2011 i dislocated my knee, i went to the hospital a day later because my leg was badley swollen. When i told them i had a history of my knee giving way, they decided to do a MRI this showed i,d actually chipped a smallpiece of my patellar and torn my acl. So i was booked in to have it done that day, but on doing the surgery discoved i'd also torn my patellar tendon and my mcl so abandoned the surgery. He put me in a leg brace and said he'd book me in to have it all sorted in one go. Which at the time was fine, but i have now been told i will have to wait a min of 6-8 months and in the meantime do basic leg eercises like leg lifts and knee bends. Is it normal to wait that long? I can use most of my leg as normal except for walking on it feels asleep and gives way i also can not lift when straight but if you asked me to bend and lift i could touch my nose!

Feb 27, 2011
Acl, mcl, pcl, lcl, meniscus
by: Anonymous

On friday august 20, 2010 i was playing basketball with my brothers friends. I tried to get the rebound but instead my knee bent backwards. I automaticly felt a sharp pain. During the next 4 months my knee kept on dislocating. After i went to get my MRI, my doctor told me that i have a torn acl and torn meniscus. He sugested that i should have two sugerys. The first surgery was to repare the meniscus and also to see how badly damaged my ligaments were. After the surgery, my surgon told me that i torm my acl, mcl, pcl, lcl, and the miniscus on my femer bone. He also said that it was hard to keep my knee stable from moving. My next surgery will be during august 2011. I am wondering what is the recovery time is?

Feb 20, 2011
ACL, PCL and posteriolateral reconstruction
by: Andy

Had a major ski incident in jan 2011. At first they thought I had just torn acl and it could be pinned but MRI showed more damage.
I had surgery 2 weeks after injury and had grafs for PCL and LCL and they were able to pin the ACL.

Overall the whole experience has not been painful, I think that is to come! It has been frustrating as I am not allowed to put any weight on it for time being. I know I could, it is therefore hard to remain patient. At this point all I want is to be able to walk however slowly so as I can get up a around!!
I see this as the first major hurdle and then I am prepared to work as hard as necessary for the rest of the rehab.

I see the surgeon next week, 2 weeks post op and I am so hopeful he will allow me to start walking albeit with a brace. The skiing can wait!!!!


Jan 24, 2011
been there
by: Beth

Hello all,
On May 28, 2009 I tore my ACL, MCL and PCL completely. I had surgery on July 5, 2009 to repair the MCL and to replace the ACL and PCL with cadaver grafts. I was on crutches until the end of September 09(no weight bearing to partial weight bearing by third week of Sept.) and in physical therapy until July of 2010. I won't go into all the details, but it was hard and long and frustrating. I will never again take the ability to walk on two legs for granted.
Since then, I have slowly returned to doing most of the things I used to - exercising, running, Tae Kwon Do and bending my knees. I can't say that I am back to where I was before the accident, but with all that it took to get fixed, I am thrilled with what I can now do. The hardest part was regaining flexion and I am still working on sitting on my legs folded under me (they say I will never do it - but I am close!). I am trying to get back into my best shape, but both illness (stomach flu, colds) and other life issues have kept me from returning fully to my previous level, but with time and dedication I know that I will get there. The hardest thing of all is the fear that I will re-injure myself and only I can make the decision of what I will all try to do or not do.
Please do not ever lose heart with this injury. You may not ever be the same as you were before the injruy, but you will return to whatever you want to do if you are compliant with your Dr. and PT and stay committed to your exercise. It will not be easy, but don't ever let anyone tell you that you cannot do all of the things that you used to.
Take heart and have faith. This too will pass and you will be all the more strong and wise for it. ( sounds like cold comfort, I know, but belive me and yourself).

Jan 24, 2011
Frustrated but it can only get better, right?
by: Anonymous

I had a complete tear of my ACL and MCL in my knee from a soccer game. I waited almost 5 months to have surgery - in that time, I was able to gain back some muscle strength, was rock climbing, biking and even did a hot yoga class the night before my surgery. In mid-November I finally had my surgery - my MCL never did heal properly so I ended up not only having my ACl replaced by a graft but I had my MCL fixed as well. I was put in a hard cast for 8 weeks without weight bare. Now, I am in my 10th week, in a locking brace, at 60 degrees, 25% weight baring and still in crutches. Its been the most frustrating couple of months knowing that if I only had my ACL done - I could be walking by now. Hearing other stories have helped me get through this. Seeing friends surpass this and get back on the field is hopeful. But its hard to stay positive when I've lead such an active lifestyle to watch it fade away as I sit here waiting to be allowed to walk without crutches; when I hear of others who've had surgery after me and are progressing faster than me too.

Jan 17, 2011
ACL Recovery
by: Anonymous

On Dec.9,2008 i had my acl replaced with a graft. I had a soft cast on for 10 weeks and then started p.t. I was not able to return to work as a police officer full duty until July 2009.
Now on Jan. 13,2011 i had my mcl replaced with a graft. Back to square one again. Ten more weeks in the soft cast. See the docter on Jan.25th hopefully to take out the staples.

Jan 15, 2011
ACL MCL TEAR
by: Anonymous

i need to know how long it take to recover from acl and mcl tear?thankz

Jan 14, 2011
ACL, LCL Tear with Foot Drop
by: Jersey Boy 999

I dislocated my knee playing basketball and ended up tearing my ACL, LCL and also getting a foot drop fromt he injury. I had LCL repair surgery in the second week of december 2010 and i am scheduled to have ACL repair at the end of January 2011. The foot drop i was told the nerve is ruptured so i am not worring about that right not. I have a foot brace on so that is taking care of the drop up until i get the knee stabilized.

Does anyone have an estimate of how long it will take to walk without crutches? I am crutches at the moment and yet to have ACL surgery. I am not sure if the foot drop will require me to use crutches for longer than normal so as to get the knee stabilized before incorporating the AFO brace.

Thanks for your help!!

Jan 10, 2011
Dislocated knee, tore ACL/PCL/LCL cartilage and a partial torn MCL
by: Brendon

On december 12th I dislocated my knee and tore pretty much everything in my knee playing football, I'm 25 years old and I'm an electrician, iv had one op to fix my LCL and I'm now in a leg brace set at 10-50 degrees. Its been 3 weeks since my op and I'm pretty much pain free, iv got another op in two months to reconstruct my ACL and PCL. I'm really unsure on my goals? I dunno if Im gonna walk, run or play football again, also my jobs quite physical so I also want to know when i ll work again? It's been a very hard experience due to having bills to pay with no work and a 1 year old daughter, so any info on recovery tine would be great.

Jan 08, 2011
Completely torn ACL and MCL/ partially torn LCL
by: Anonymous

My girlfriend just found out that she tore her ACL and MCL completely and partially tore her LCL. She was also told that she more than likely tore an meniscus, but they couldn't be sure because of all the blood surrounding her knee.

She seems to feel that this injury is the end all. I've seen a lot of posts about a torn ACL PCL and etc, but I haven't really seen anything about this combination. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I know each injury is unique but about how long do you think it should take to recovery? Will this affect her for the rest of her life, as she seems to think it will?

Dec 05, 2010
MCL, PCL LCL
by: Anonymous

I tore my MCL, PCL LCL and hyper-extended my knee. all while playing a tennis 4.0 match. I sprinted for a short ball, knee locked, hit the asphalt with my face first tore my nose and blew my knee-- freaky.. After 60 stitches on my nose and 2 months after knee surgery, i can bend 120 deg but a -4 on straight knee. I did the mistake of placing a pillow under my knee when resting -- BIG mistake... I just got out of my post-op brace (i HATED IT) and now have a townsend premier OA brace. It made me wonders and soooo happpy!!! Instantly, I can now walk w/o crutches or cane. I have a good ROM, i do stat bike for 20 minutes twice a day, do the PT routines to a "T" 3x/week, full weight bearing and today was the first time I went for a walk around the block. You may think a block is nothing but for knee recovery it is a big STEP. KEY is doing your homework by doing "RICE" and learning from your PT. ASK all your questions to the PT, do what he says believe me, they do this ALL the time. DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS OR CHEAT. you are only cheating yourself. Eat right (fruits, veggies, a lot of protein AND VITAMINS--KEY) I increased my intake of fish oil to 2000mg and 2000mg of Flaxseed oil with omega 3. I'm taking it diligently every day. Those of you who do not see a light ; be PATIENT, PLENTY of REST and do your homework. Your are strong, you are an athlete and you will survive. Remember The human drama of athletic competition, The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. You want to feel the thrill of VICTORY. Your knee will be back to normal.

Nov 27, 2010
To the person above
by: Mike k

Will you post how snowboading goes for you? I'd love to hear how that brace helps

Nov 26, 2010
I think I need help!
by: Anonymous

I tore my acl about 5 months ago due to a basketball injury. This is the 2nd time I've torn my acl. I went to the doctor and they gave me a bledsoe brace that is supposed to offer excellent support. I am going to have the surgery towards the end of January and went snowboarding again today with the knee brace.

I am 25 and do not hit the parks anymore. I just ride the trais. Are these braces strong enough to support my knee with no acl while snowboarding?

Nov 26, 2010
I think I need help!
by: Anonymous

I tore my acl about 5 months ago due to a basketball injury. This is the 2nd time I've torn my acl. I went to the doctor and they gave me a bledsoe brace that is supposed to offer excellent support. I am going to have the surgery towards the end of January and went snowboarding again today with the knee brace.

I am 25 and do not hit the parks anymore. I just ride the trais. Are these braces strong enough to support my knee with no acl while snowboarding?

Nov 23, 2010
Complete tear of ACL,LCL, partially Tear of the PCL.. Bone bruises..and a CYST
by: arroyoroger@hotmail.com

i completely tore my ACL,LCL, partially tore my PCL, i have a cyst on my knee some bone effusion....large bone bruise on my inner knee platella near my MCL...this all happened playing tackle football with my friends i was 165 pounds and got tackled from behind by a 300 pound beast it wasnt like a tackle he liked jumped on me..what i shouldve done is just fallen down im very strong for my weight and age benching 15 more pounds then my original weight....i tried to withstand the impact but his weight what just to much for me and his speed also hes not one of those fat guys that cant run i mean this guy can run fast.... i looked down on my knee and it was just bent like a boomerang.... since money was tight i have no insurance i was deciding whether or not to call and ambulance...i did and they idiots told me it was broken and they had to fly me to palm springs...after everything they told me it wasnt broken and they couldve just taken me to my hospital...i was pissed and they charged me 40,000$ for nothing but i activated my insurance i havent used for years till now....right now i can fully my knee like my right knee i just cant run..i hear a pop everytime i take a step....i cant cross my legs...etc idk what to do i love playing sports its my life.... how long will it be to fully recovered

Nov 23, 2010
Timeline for Recovery (ACL,MCL, PCL, LCL) To KATIE
by: max

Itorn my LCL and ACL playing soccer and I also have foot drop due to injury to the peroneal nerve. I had the LCL surgery done and I am 3.5 months after surgery. i am at 110 degrees of flexion and the remaining 20 to 25 degrees seems impossible. i am exercising and doing physical therapy but i am worried about the foot drop as there is no sign of improvement. There are surgical procedures for that like nerve grafting but according to doctors I saw you have to wait about 6 months after surgery to give the chance to the nerve to regenerate itself before considering surgery.
I am not sure what to do about the remaining 20 degrees for the knee flexion.

Nov 20, 2010
Acl, Mcl Pcl and mnemonics
by: Mike K.

I got in at car crash in march of 09 and i'm have surgery on the 3rd of Dec 2010 for the above. I really miss snowboarding. I have Osteoarthritis now because it's been so long without having it fixed. I plan on working my butt off after the surgery so that hopefully i can go boarding at the end of the season. I have high hopes for this to work. I'm going boarding but no back flips. =) I Feel for you all and i'm very great full for this blog. Blessing to you all

Nov 11, 2010
Advice to Katey Jo
by: Anonymous

Hey Katey Jo:

I have been in your position and I have to say that 1. it just takes time
2. You must stay committed and dedicated to exercising and rehab
3. Stay positive

These three things got me through it.

Almost a year ago to the day, I was playing soccer. A defender collided with my knee when I was running full speed and it caused my knee to fully dislocate.

I tore my ACL, PCL, Menisci, IT Band, and semi-tore my LCL. I had surgery about 2 weeks later and my Ortho repaired my ACL, IT Band and put sutures in both of my Menisci.

The first 6 months were the hardest. I was committed to doing rehab exercises everyday for about 2 hours. After that, things started to get easier and easier. I have 98% ROM back, which i think is the most important thing. My VMO still has a way to go but I am optimistic!

So stay strong and keep working at it. Get some rubber bands and rehab it as much as possible.

If anyone wants exercise recommendation and words of encouragement, shoot me an email.

pgolfer321@gmail.com

Nov 08, 2010
Lcl pcl meniscus tear. Calf muscle tear
by: Jack

I recently tore my lcl , medial meniscus,My posterior lateral corner and my calf muscle. The doctors said it would be 12-13 months before I'd be back playing basketball and baseball. My surgey is scheduled for this friday. Does anyone know what I can do to speed up the recovery?

Nov 07, 2010
KEEP POSITIVE and be patient
by: Jeanette

Hi

I just had MCL/ACL reconstruction (from my hamstring) and mcl/meniscus repair. The week after surgery were the hardest but 4 weeks on, I am walking without crutches, I can bend my leg 90 degree. Here is what I do each day I take homepathic medicine - Immune support and Ligament support (http://www.innersourcehealth.com/peter.html) You can find them on this site. I also right after the surgery started taking arnica 3 times a day, and put Traumeel on the leg once the staples came out. It has helped recovery so much, my doctor was in shock at how quick i moved to 90 degree. Each day I do the leg exercises on this site - http://www.nismat.org/orthocor/acl_postop.

Its alot of hard work but each day it gets better. I bought myself a stationary bike for when i can use it and tomorrow I will try and swim. you have to try and work through it and ice and elevate as much as you can !!

Keep the faith !

Oct 27, 2010
I had PCL replacement, miniscus repair, LCL repair, and my ACL is still torn.... to top that off I had nerve damage to the nerve
by: Katey Jo

Okay.... in may I tore my ACL, PCL, LCL, miniscuc, and damaged the nerve that controls the ankle and toes. I was pushed away by 8 doctors who said they could not do the surgery! Finally found a wonderful doc and in July he fixed my LCL PCL and miniscus. He wanted my body to take to my new cadaver PCL and due to my nerve damage he said that the ACL could wait until next summer.
I am REALLY worried! I had screws, and anchors, and holes drilled into my bones! I had a horrible recovery because I had no clue I was allergic to latex! IT has been horrible!
To top that! I am a senior in college and I am getting ready to start student teaching! I still wear my huge leg brace due to instability and I still use crutches!
I cry all the time because I feel that I am not getting better! I can straighten my leg to 0.... I can bend it to 120 degrees I think.... I have a decent quad musel... I can stand on it without a brace or crutches....
My foot drop is what feels as though is making this recovery so difficult!
Has this happened to anyone else?
Please someone!
I just need someone to tell me about nerve damage that perhaps they had when doing a similar injury....
Anyone?

Oct 12, 2010
ice and heat
by: Just want to skate again

Hey James be patient its a process. At the start of my workouts I used a heat pad for 15 min. and cold at the end of the workouts. At the beginning of I was doing it every hour. Keep your head down and keep up the hard work it will pass in time.

Oct 12, 2010
James
by: Anonymous

James,

Where is your ROM at?

That, by far, is the most important thing. The muscle around your knee will take about 8-10 months to get strength and atleast a year to have the tone and definition as you other leg.

Oct 11, 2010
It takes time
by: James

I tore my ACL,MCL, LCL and PCL, miniscus, and fractured my tibia, skiing in March of 2010. I had the surgery a week after my accident where the Doc replaced the ACL, MCL and LCL with allographs and was able to reattach my PCL. I was out for 10 weeks, then started PT. It is hell! I am an active guy, skiig, Mountain biking , boxing, and lifting weights 4 times a week.
Now I still can not run or bike, and I am getting so frustrated because I can not exercise my leg without it swelling up. I know it takes time, but how long will it be before I can ski and bike again?

Oct 11, 2010
It takes time
by: James

I tore my ACL,MCL, LCL and PCL, miniscus, and fractured my tibia, skiing in March of 2010. I had the surgery a week after my accident where the Doc replaced the ACL, MCL and LCL with allographs and was able to reattach my PCL. I was out for 10 weeks, then started PT. It is hell! I am an active guy, skiig, Mountain biking , boxing, and lifting weights 4 times a week. Now I still can not run or bike, and I am getting so frustrated because I can not exercise my leg without it swelling up. I know it takes time, but how long will it be before I can ski and bike again?

Oct 02, 2010
Knee reconstruction to the 3 rd degree(acl,mcl,patella tendon,removed some cartliage
by: Just want to skate again

On Saturday Feb. 20 I completely tore my mcl,patella tendon (knee cap)acl, on the ski hill. On Tuesday Feb.23 I had my surgery and was laid up in bed with no movement for a good part of 5 weeks. My knee was rebuilt and put back together with screws.
I had my first physio assessment March 25 and continued to do physio 3 days a week until July 12 when my range of motion was at 98 deg and I returned to work.
I spent hours on my first stat bike. It took me 2 months 7-10 hours a day to get 1 turn on my bike. In doing so I broke the rubber foot handles on the peddles.
I didn't have my acl repaired yet because of the scare tissue and it would only make it tighter than it all ready is.
My range of motion is 125deg and I'm sqauting 100 pounds with my healing leg. I have no pain and going to start skating next week.
The biggest thing for me was keeping positive and determined and not listening to negative people who said I'll never skate again. It drove me!!!

Aug 30, 2010
Rugby Player
by: Anonymous

If you have an aggressive PT schedule. You might be able to start doing that type of work 2 months post surgery. Your knee will be about 50-60% at that time and you should be able to walk and get around.

Its a hard to stay, but everyone is different.


Aug 26, 2010
Dislocated Knee, Knee cap, Tore ACL, PCL & MCL
by: Richard

Hi Guys!!

Well On July 24th 2010 I Badly dislocated my knee and knee cap playing rugby!! All I did was jumped up to catch the ball but when I came down I got my leg caught in between another players legs he fell one way I went the other and thats how it happened!!!

Well I spent week and a half in Hospital before they did the first surgery to repair the MCL which was really bad! So I've had that surgery now and I'm home in a ROM Brace which is locked straight I have to keep weight off it and keep it elevated so I'm doing all that! It has been 4 weeks now since that surgery and I meet the surgeons in a couple of days hopefully for them to tell me when they going to do the second surgery which is for the ACL PCL which surgeons have already said it will be done by key hole surgery.

What I really want to know and concerned about IS! How long it'll be before I am back at work??? I don't do hard work I am a Rep for my company so i drive from customer to customer talking to them showing new products and seeing if there any technical problems I can help them with so its not stressful on the body!! Its an engineering firm I work for.

So can anyone help me with the answer to this???

Aug 24, 2010
I tore acl,lc,pcl,meniscus too
by: Brendon

i tore all the above in a soccer match aswell and had surgery feb 10, 2010 6 months later ive been running slightly and kicking a ball carefully.. hope you have good progress.

Aug 18, 2010
Info please
by: Steo

I ruptured my ACL, LCL, CARTLIAGE and also cracked a bone in my knee joint 4months ago playing football. I had my mri results given to me yesterday and my specialists told me that it could be another 18months before I play football again ( if i ever do play again ).Of course I am completely gutted but I'd really appreciate any info/experience that could be shared with me about their same injury. I'm just trying to gather a more in depth understanding of what I'm about to face.

Aug 09, 2010
basketball
by: Anonymous

im back the basketball player im 5 weeks post up from mcl reattchment and im passed 120 degrees flexion with full extension doc said im doin great 1 month ahead of schedule gnna have my acl pcl arthriscope in 3 weeks and finnaly have a stable knee wish me luck to get back to 100 and play ball like i did before

Aug 06, 2010
PCL HIGH GRADE OR COMPLETE TEAR
by: Anonymous

Just got MRI back and feel very blessed to only have PCL tear after bull riding accident. I start college (on rodeo scholarship) at the end of the month. My coach is so proud!!! Does anybody know about how long it will take a to recover after this surgery? Does anybody have any good recommendations for somebody in Texas. Dr Tandy Freeman does not take my insurance, both doctors in his office do, but they all seem to be in high demand.

Jul 22, 2010
acl,mcl with bucle handle tear
by: Anonymous

i have gone through acl,mcl with buckle handle tear reconstruction before nine months and still I am not able to recover.My knee become stiff just after half an hour of my physiotherapy I am doing all possible exercises I am know frustrated can anybody there tell me how much time more require for full recovery

Jul 15, 2010
acl,mcl,pcl,knee capsule
by: Anonymous

i tore my acl,pcl,mcl,and my knee cap went out of place which made it swim lol thats what the doc said, i had surgery about 2 weeks ago reattached my mcl to my bone with strands and also my knee capsule, now my next visit he will open my brace to 90* motion which i have no idea how im going to bend im having my acl and pcl surgery 2 months from now because i play D1 basketball so they didnt want to do it at the same time wanted good results have no damage to cartilage which saved me doctor said should be back at full strength one year after my acl pcl surgery which means a year and 2 months from injury to be 110%.

Jul 10, 2010
ACL PCL MCL full tear with allograft
by: Anonymous

i severed my ACL PCL and MCL playing football. i had a reconstruction done 10 weeks ago, they used three strands of donor tissue to replace the 3 former ligaments.
i have little pain, nearly all of my movement back, i am jogging already and doing simple. weights. i am happy with this progress and owe it to a good surgeon, strict rehab excersizes, lots of sleeo and good food.

Jun 30, 2010
High garde partial PCL tear
by: Saleh

Please someone give me an advice. My knee has been hurt by a motorcycle 4 month ago, I took an MRI of my right knee. I have still a bit pain when I want to go up stairs or when I want to kneel. I'm 24 years old, 90 kilo heavy and male

My question is that do I need an Arthroscopic surgery.
Also, is the result of MRI exact to diagnose whole injures of my knee. What should I do to treat My knee?

This My MRI result :

MRI OF KNEE JOINT :
High grade partial tear of PCL is noted.
Normal configuration and signal intesity of bony structures are seen.
The medial meniscus appear normal
No abnormality is noted in the ACL

Jun 21, 2010
Healing Question
by: Angelo

My injuries were extensive including a tore ACL,PCL,MCL and stress fractures in my right tibia. I had surgery in March. I have been working hard on therapy and my walking has improved but I still have what feel like shin splints when I try to run. Has anyone had this surgery and does the pain ever go away?

Jun 21, 2010
acl,mcl and lcl
by: Anonymous

i had a complete acl tear and my mcl as well as lcl is torn 2/3.this incident happened last week and my doctor advised me not to go for a surgery as i'm only 18.however,he has put me in cast for 2weeks at the moment.he said i will have to be in cast for a minimum of 2months after reassessing my knee after the 2weeks.i'm just wondering when will i be able to walk normally again.any idea?

Jun 18, 2010
Probably Not....
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear about your injury but the reality of it is that you probably will not be able to play football your senior year....

But sports are not everything! Be thankful for what you have and try not to dwell on the things you not have or can not do :)

Jun 18, 2010
Damaged knee
by: Anonymous

I tore my acl, pcl, mcl, patellar tendon, and lateral meniscus playing football in the spring. The surgery repaired everything. Will I be able to play in the fall, it's my senior year ?

Jun 17, 2010
Excellent Exercises to get your leg muscle back
by: Anonymous

Hey Ya'll:

I consulted with a college athlete about strengthening my legs and he recommend some exercises which really have had results.

Here is a run down of my typical nightly workout.

1) 10 mins bike
2) 15 mins knee stretch

3) Side Leg raises until you feel the burn
4) Front leg raises until you feel the burn
5) 1 legged back bridges. Do both sides, 3 sets, for 20 secs a piece.

6) 2 legged back bridges with your feet on a medicine ball. 3 sets, for 20 secs a piece

7) Stand still front lunges. Do as many as you can
8) Sideways lunges. Do as many as you can

Next, on to the Bosu ball

10) Front lung into a 1 legged balance on the Bosu ball. Do 3 sets of 5 on both sides

Next on to the BOX

11) Using a box were you can put your leg on and make a 90* angle, do 20 1 legged step-ups. Do both sides and 3 sets.

Next on to the Rubber Balance Disk/Leg press machine.

12) Put the balance disk under your foot and use light weight on the leg press machine. Do 3 sets of 10-20 reps. You should get a good hip and thigh burn if your doing it right.

13) Cool Down on the bike for 5 mins.

14) 10 mins on the eliptical, or stairmaster with no hands.

AND YOUR DONE!

Take Note! I am just a recovering athlete. I am not a personal trainor, Physical Therapist or an expert. Please consult with a professional to make sure a routine like this would be suitable for you.



Jun 10, 2010
ACL/PCL/Meniscus
by: AJ

hi everyone:

I tore my PCL, ACL, and meniscus (and broke my arm) about three years ago in my first (and last) softball game. Turns out all that quick stop/quick start is hard on already iffy knees. :) I have a grade 3 PCL, but I don't know the levels of the other injuries.

After doing three years of diligent rehab, PT, and quad work, however, I've finally convinced myself and the docs that conservative treatment isn't cutting it for me.

My knee is very lax and instable, and it's getting to the point where I need to wear my Bledsoe functional brace (which is a great brace) almost all the time. I like the brace, yes, and it works very well for my knee--but I don't want to have to wear it all the time.

I'm very grateful for the brace, but when the ortho said I could either wear the brace for the rest of my life (no thanks) or have the surgery, I went for surgery. :)

So--I'm finally set for PCL/ACL surgery in six months (due to HMO, doctor wait list, my work schedule).

To prepare, I'm doing a ton of PT prescribed propioception/ balance exercises to keep up my quad strength.

So--I'm reading your rehab stories with great interest as I plan my return to work and rehab in Dec 10. It looks as if patience and diligence will be key (along with likely a generous sprinkling of swearing and frustration along the way), so I feel better prepared now.

Thanks for sharing your experiences, and I hope your recoveries are going smoothly, effectively, and quickly.

Jun 01, 2010
Knee Pops......
by: Anonymous

My knee pops. My doc thinks it could be a number of things..

Most likely it is getting caught on some scar tissue... I am sure it will go away with time.

Jun 01, 2010
MCL, ACL, IT band
by: Dawn

Just had my screw removed from my MCL. It was causing like a electric shock feeling. plus it was loose, I could feel it. It was a half hour surgery. Healing good. Still having problems with the IT band popping over my hip. Doc thinks they might have to lengthen that. ACL is stable. that is good. Knee is still POPPING! I don't know what is causing that!! Can any one answer that??

May 31, 2010
Check Up
by: Anonymous

Hey Amy,

I posted some stuff a while back.I tore my acl, mcl, and pcl playing soccer. Its been 9 months since surgery and Im cleared to play again as long as i wear a brace! I was just wondering if you are playing again?

May 28, 2010
ACL, PCL, LCL, Menisci, & IT Band.......
by: Anonymous

Hey Ya'll:

Back in November, I fully dislocated my knee playing soccer. From my title, you can tell I did a lot of damage. My doc reconstructed my ACL, left the PCL alone, sutured my Menisci and my IT band is stapled to my knee..

The real truth is - This type of injury takes at least a year to come back from. I do leg workouts and cardio about 1.5-2 hours a day, 7 days a week. I am currently 6 full months out and I can tell i still have a long way to go. My VMO is about half the size of the good leg. And there is still scar tissue in there. I have very close to full ROM, but I only get that after I bike for 5 mins and stretch it for 10.

Stay positive, it takes time.

May 28, 2010
in need of hope!
by: Anonymous

Five weeks ago i dislacated my kneeon a trampoline and after mri scan found i had needed recontruction of acl mcl and pcl and the carlidge removed. I have 3 children under 4 and am finding it so frustating that i cant do much. my opp is in 3 weeks how long after till i can walk without crutches and brace? im feeling a little sorry for myself!

May 25, 2010
PCL and MCL
by: Jessi

Gosh I know how all you guys feel. I'm currently recovering from a complete tear of my PCL and a torn MCL due to a snowboarding injury where I fell with my knees bent after landing from a jump. I had surgery about 8 weeks ago and my knee is just about at 80 degrees. It's so frustrating. I'm 19 and a really active person. I so wish that it would get better already. I've been doing my exercises that I have from the PT but it stills hurts a lot. So I feel your pain. Just keep following doctors orders and I'm sure we'll all recover in no time. I just wish the recovery process was shorter than like 3-6 months. Good luck peeps.

May 25, 2010
PCL and MCL
by: Jessi

Gosh I know how all you guys feel. I'm currently recovering from a complete tear of my PCL and a torn MCL due to a snowboarding injury where I fell with my knees bent after landing from a jump. I had surgery about 8 weeks ago and my knee is just about at 80 degrees. It's so frustrating. I'm 19 and a really active person. I so wish that it would get better already. I've been doing my exercises that I have from the PT but it stills hurts a lot. So I feel your pain. Just keep following doctors orders and I'm sure we'll all recover in no time. I just wish the recovery process was shorter than like 6 months. Good luck peeps.

Apr 27, 2010
MCL, ACL, IT band
by: Dawn

I fell 9/09 and tore my ACL, PCL, MCL, fractured my tibia plateau, tore my mensisus, and fractured my hip socket all on the left side. I had to do thearapy for 6 weeks to get my knee to bend before the doc would do the surgery. I finally had surgery in 12/09 and they reconstruction of the ACL, PCL and repaired the MCL. They said the fractures would heal on their own. I had to go back to therapy for another 3 months which i ran out of insurance money for. I am still having problems with my knee. I have a screw that is coming out on the MCL, causing my pain all the time, sometimes like an electic shock. I have pain under my knee. My knee pops and snaps all the time, they tell me this is normal, is it? I have had surgery on the same knee before for torn mensisus, and a lateral release 20 some years ago. My hip hurts, when I do straight leg raises, they thought I tore the labrum, I had an MRI with injection in the joint and it showed nothing. Now they are thinking it is the IT band that is sliding across my hip when I walk. My doc was going to do surgery on my hip to lengthn the IT band but, I just had a injection of cortisone in my hip, it made matters worse. I am in more pain than before. I am scheduled for surgery on my knee to have the screw removed. I just called him yesterday and told him my hip was in such pain, he told me that he now could not do the hip surgery, but give me another shot of cortisone. Is that the fix all? Give cortisone injections? This would be the fifth one. He told me he didn't want to make things worse. I was walk/running 5K's, I am lucky to walk around the block, or hold my grandkids. I just want my life back.

Apr 26, 2010
LaCrosse
by: Anonymous

You risk blowing your knee out and having problems the rest of your life going back too soon. Train your upper body and work on strategy fir 9 months then go back out for next year
accept this and be smart

Apr 26, 2010
LCL ACL PCL ect
by: Anonymous

I was hit in a lacrosse game in the back in January. My first doctor told me it was just a tear in my lcl but it turned into completely torn LCL and ACL, tears in my miniscus, PCL, itb, and almost completely dusted my nerve. I didnt undergo surgery till April 7 which was upsetting cause I'm already missing my senior season and now missing fall lax at the college I plan to attend. Of course being young I want to speed my recovery but also be safe about it so I dont have to worry about any reoccuring injuries. I want to be ready and 100% by 5-6 months although doctors said it looks like 8. I'm wondering if anyone has ever had freakishly quick recoveries or any ideas to help bring my knee as close to what it used to be.

Apr 26, 2010
LCL ACL PCL ect.
by: Josh

I was hit in a lacrosse game in the back in January. My first doctor told me it was just a tear in my lcl but it turned into completely torn LCL and ACL, tears in my miniscus, PCL, itb, and almost completely dusted my nerve. I didnt undergo surgery till April 7 which was upsetting cause I'm already missing my senior season and now missing fall lax at the college I plan to attend. Of course being young I want to speed my recovery but also be safe about it so I dont have to worry about any reoccuring injuries. I want to be ready and 100% by 5-6 months although doctors said it looks like 8. I'm wondering if anyone has ever had freakishly quick recoveries or any ideas to help bring my knee as close to what it used to be.

Apr 25, 2010
Am I too optimistic?
by: Angelo

I had the stress fracture, donor acl amd ripped pcl and mcl as mentioned a few days ago. I was in a straight bracr and therapy almost immediately to build the quad. I am walking and is is very painful where the knee dislocated. How many of you had post op MRI's done?
Is that worth the investment to see if things are correct or wait more time. 8 weeks since surgery.

Apr 25, 2010
acl,pcl,mcl reconstructions and repair
by: Beth

Hello all - I have written here a few times - my last entry was "There definitely is hope" but I forgot to put my name in. Again, I hope that anyone who has this injury will feel free to post questions about my injury/surgery/progress if I can help with information for my experience, I gladly will. It is so interesting to hear how differently people with the same or similar injuries get such wildly different treatment and recovery as well as prognosis for the future. After my surgery in July of 2009, I was in a straight brace for 6 weeks, then had a painful and frustrating process of trying to re-gain flexion ( still working on that ) and then having to use crutches for the next 3 months plus! I am now 9 months post -op and just got permission to return to martial arts ( with a brace) and no sparring permanently. My bad knee reached a strength level by January so that they let me start a running program, which I followed over almost two months to work up to 35 minutes of continuos running. It was supposed to take only one month, but I found that my leg got too stiff to push that hard, so I took it slower. I am amazed when people say how quickly they are back to walking or other activities. I will go back to PT as soon as my custom brace arrives and work on cutting. I don't ever plan to play soccer or ski ( never have done them) but I want as much rehab as they can possibly give me. Meanwhile, I continue to work on strengthening my legs - especially the surgery one - to create as much muscle stability around my knee as possible. As far as what I will be able to do ultimately and proficiently? That is the question that knaws at me - and if I do attempt things that I feel good enough to do (like martial arts) am I risking a new injury? My surgeon always reminds me that the holes drilled in my bones to attach the grafts won't be able to be used again in I rip them out, so ...?
Good luck to all and never lose hope!

Apr 25, 2010
Knee F-ups
by: Anonymous

i had an ACL/PCL/MCL and meniscus repair in addition to a tibia fracture last August. I had surgery in september and it is not April. My progress stopped and after a repeat MRI I need to have the PCL and the LCL re-done along with the meniscus. This is going to be another 6 week sraight leg recovery and then 9 months of rehab - again. I was told that Soccer would never be my game of choice and neither would tennis. My docs told me to be happy riding bikes (when I could eventually) and that light hiking and walking would be about all I would do. I thought that was ludicrous until my leg wasn't even able to climb a single stair after this long and so now I guess I'm willing to go another 9 months to be able to handle the basics and even be able to do some hiking. My Doc was blatant about soccer though so I would ask him/her. My answer wasn't what I hoped for but yours might be ? Hang tough and keep your chin high. When I see people without legs, I am very grateful. Take care and best wishes.

Apr 24, 2010
My situation
by: Angelo

I dislocated my knee skiing, tore the acl and mcl and I believe the pcl. My tibia was slightly fractured. It has been 7 weeks since my surgery. I am walking slowly, flying and carrying luggage, riding a bike for 10 minutes but my leg hurts like hell. My knee is swollen and I am frustrated.
I am worried I will always have pain.
I am not taking any medications. Nothing
Thoughts?

Apr 24, 2010
PCL, LCL, ACL, Meniscus Surgery in China
by: Anonymous

On March 20th I was climbing in a lumberjack show when I fell from 30 feet and severely dislocated my knee. I completely tore my PCL, LCL, and ACL and had a lot of damage to my Meniscus as well. I had cadaver graft surgery here in China because my company's insurance only covers me here. Surgery was 10 days ago and now I'll be returning to the U.S. with no insurance and only a vague recovery plan given to me by the chinese surgeon. I was a competitive gymnast before I started doing stunt shows and dive shows, and my last location also required that I climb in that godforsaken lumberjack show. I'm only 21 and this is the first time I've ever been injured beyond a bruise. I really just don't know what to do. I guess I'll need to see a doctor when I get home to take the stitches out and then we'll go from there. I just really don't know what to expect, but reading everyone's stories is helping.

Apr 24, 2010
PCL, LCL, ACL, Meniscus Surgery in China
by: Anonymous

On March 20th I was climbing in a lumberjack show when I fell from 30 feet and severely dislocated my knee. I completely tore my PCL, LCL, and ACL and had a lot of damage to my Meniscus as well. I had cadaver graft surgery here in China because my company's insurance only covers me here. Surgery was 10 days ago and now I'll be returning to the U.S. with no insurance and only a vague recovery plan given to me by the chinese surgeon. I was a competitive gymnast before I started doing stunt shows and dive shows, and my last location also required that I climb in that godforsaken lumberjack show. I'm only 21 and this is the first time I've ever been injured beyond a bruise. I really just don't know what to do. I guess I'll need to see a doctor when I get home to take the stitches out and then we'll go from there. I just really don't know what to expect, but reading everyone's stories is helping.

Apr 15, 2010
Day 35 after PCL Surgery
by: Anonymous

I am on day 35 after having my PCL replaced with a cadaver achilles tendon. My MD is having me keep it straight and probably will not allow me to start PT yet. I am wondering how long it will take forme to walk without cruches. If anyone out there has had a PCL surgery, can you tell me about how long it took YOU before you could walk without crutches. I am on leave from my job and don't feel comfortable going back until I can at least walk without crutches as I am fearfull that I may fall an re-injure it again.

Apr 12, 2010
ACL, MCL, Meniscus, 2 Tibia breaks - can't bend
by: KarenP

In a skiing accident I tore the MCL completely, ACL with an avulsion (break off piece of the Tibia tied to ACL, meniscus tear and a secondary break in the back of the Tibia.

I am almost 2 weeks post op. ACL was replaced with a cadaveor (sp?) ligament, and Avulsion was repaired with 2 screws into the Tibia.
I am very frustrated with my range of motion. Can only bend to 35% (barely). I can completely straighten my leg to 0 degrees. Can do leg lifts and weight shifts galore, but cannot bend my knee.

The MCL repair is way more painful than anything else. Doctor wanted me to be at 90 degrees by 1 week and I'm at 35.
Anyone else have a similar experience?

Apr 02, 2010
hardly hurts anymore but still weak
by: cindy

I had ACL, PCL reconstruction, MCL repair, Meniscus repair and bone fragments removed last May.... I worked really hard and am back at the gym freely exercising with a brace on when I run. I still have soreness when I really overdo it but for the most part no pain. I never needed a painkiller after the first week post op. My biggest problem is the weakness in my knee. I think it was stronger when I first finished physical therapy since I don't do as much strictly strength training. I am not close to back to where I was before the surgery but it isn't holding me back too much anymore. Anyone else have ideas for strengthening? I really notice the difference in a single leg press or if I try to jump on one leg.

Apr 01, 2010
There is definitely hope!
by: Anonymous

Hello all,
Thanks to everyone who has posted on this page. Just being able to read other people's stories, no matter where you are in the process, is enormously encouraging. My injury is torn ACL, PCL and MCL. I am now 9 months post-op (reconstruct acl and pcl with cadaver grafts, tack mcl to the bone) and can report a perspective that some of you just starting out might be wondering about. That has been one of the hardest things for me with this injury - so few people have this same injury that finding people whose experience I can learn from has been really hard. I recently completed a "return to run" program - working up to running continuously for 35 minutes - and will soon return to PT for cutting ( need to get a brace first). My surgeon just gave me the ok to return to Tae Kwon Do with no sparring permanently ( I can't wait to tell the grandmaster - I can't fight, I have a note from my doctor!). I am happy with the flexion that I've gained, but still working on it to some day match the other leg. I am still very cautious about how I move, but feel much more "normal" than before. Another person I have contact with who had the same injury ( and a bunch more) went skiing for four months after one year post-surgery.
There is most definitely hope for all of us! Keep your chin up and don't be afraid to ask or complain to those of us who are farther along in the process. I would love to give you hope!

Mar 30, 2010
ACL/PLC/LCL 2000
by: Anonymous

In July 2000 i ruptured my ACL, PCL and tore the lateral ligaments off the bone when i dislocated my knee. Ten years later i am rumnning fine and able to do large amount of excersize but experience some swelling when i over do it. My range of movement is very poor but after ten years you get used to it. I still can not kneel and i dare say never will. I'm guessing the surgery is more advanced these days than ten years ago so you would like to think if you have had a similar injury you will recover well enough to continue excersizing and playing sport.My biggest tip would be work hard on range of movement.

Feb 24, 2010
meds
by: Ace

i dislocated my knee by fight with my brother about 5 years ago,we are both big people; however i had to have an emergency room pop it in but before the did it reminded me of a football.after they popped it in i didnt have surgery,but i did recover for about 6 months, with no surgery.occasionally i would tripp or jump and pop it back out and i can pop it in, but i would have to stay off of it for a couple of days. It keeped happining , and then started doing it in my sleep just from being to loose. so i finally had surgery turns out ive had a torn acl mcl, and pcl and they did allogrifts and and they fixed my meniscus, however i have been out of surgery for 10 months, and i am still having pain and worring my docter may stop prescrbing my pain pills how long do you noramally get pain pills or will it be for the rest of my life.

Feb 19, 2010
There is always hope
by: Allison

I am 24 and have been playing soccer and snowboarding my whole life. I had my third ACL surgery (my second on my right knee) 6 weeks ago. My first knee injury was almost exactly 5 years ago and I completely blew out my knee (ACL, MCL and PCL). I had surgery that summer and was playing college soccer a year later. It took me about 4 months to start running and training but my motivation and dedication payed off.

This being my third surgery it has been the easiest but the longest recovery considering I used a cadaver and my meniscus was repaired. I am still on crutches but will be off next week. I do my strength and ROM exercises multiple times a day, since it is VERY IMPORTANT if you ever want your knee to feel "normal" down the road.


A positive attitude also makes the process a lot better...good luck to everyone!

P.S. Despite what people keep telling me I WILL keep playing soccer and doing the things I love:)

Feb 07, 2010
Ideas
by: Bernie

I fell skiing on Friday, I fell becuase i felt something in my knee snap or pop. After I fell I tried to get up and fell when it felt like my knee slid to the side and would not support my weight, I'm a little short for my weight 5'7" 220lbs, however I am a expert level skier and was racing when this happened. It was no consolation but I won the race.

I was never in any pain but terrified to walk i tried three times and fell all three when the above happened. I went to the hospital had some xrays and nothing broken,( i knew that). I have been elevating and icing all weekend and hope to see an ortho on the morning. Any words of advice. The knee is very swollen. However still no pain to mention.

Feb 01, 2010
full knee dislocation acl/pcl
by: Anonymous

my 9 year old daughter is 5 weeks post surgery for complete reconstruction of all her ligaments following a sledging accident on 29th December 2009.

she has a cast on just now which is due to be replaced by a full leg brace at week 6. reading these comments give me hope for her to get full range back.

would be great to hear any comments on how long she has to wait before she starts weight bearing. as you can imagine it has been heard for her to go from gymnastic training 5 times a week to nothing.
look forward to hearing from anyone who can give us a light at the end of the tunnel

Feb 01, 2010
full knee dislocation acl/pcl
by: Anonymous

my 9 year old daughter is 5 weeks post surgery for complete reconstruction of all her ligaments following a sledging accident on 29th December 2009.

she has a cast on just now which is due to be replaced by a full leg brace at week 6. reading these comments give me hope for her to get full range back.

would be great to hear any comments on how long she has to wait before she starts weight bearing. as you can imagine it has been heard for her to go from gymnastic training 5 times a week to nothing.
look forward to hearing from anyone who can give us a light at the end of the tunnel

Jan 28, 2010
acl, mcl, pcl
by: Anonymous

i have a similar story to yours. i play soccer too but i tore my acl, mcl, and pcl due to a dislocation. my surgeon said about 9-12 months recovery where ill be back where i was. im still wondering too if ill be able to go back. soccer is such a wonderful game and not being able to play would be a great disappointment.

right now im 21 weeks past surgery and i have about 130-132 degrees of bending. i still have occasional pain but its mostly bcuz pt or over using it.i started building my quad up again; my pt said thats going to take the longest. ive been dong mostly strengthening stuff and recently started jogging/swimming. ive been doing all my exercises so that really helps.

good luck to everyone! and everything happens for a reason!!

Dec 30, 2009
torn acl,pcl,lcl
by: howie

its been 7 months since i underwent the multi ligament reconstruction...i just returned to my job which consists of me working aloft lifting and climbing.. my knee and leg has become stronger, however,still significantly weaker than my healthier knee which only underwent a medial meniscus repair...my balance and agility is well below par..the nerve along my lcl still gives me funny sensations on my ankle and foot. i can walk up and down the stairs better but still cant take the stairs like i used to...basically still a long way from home but heading in the right direction 4 sure...by the way Beth u made me smile.thanks.. good luck to everyone with grade 3 knee injuries..and if you feel down some days, just know u should..u screwed up your mobility!! :0)

Nov 02, 2009
Timeline for Recovery(ACL,MCL,PCL,LCL)
by: Anonymous

In Feb. 2007 I tore my PCL, MCL, partial tear of my miniscus and partial tear of my ACL. I was 48 years old at the time. In April of 07 I had an allograft of my mcl and pcl with a repair to the miniscus and acl. I completed P.T. in July of 07, by that time I was jodding and biking with a brace on. By October of 07 I was once again playing ice hockey with a brace. I only wear the brace for hockey, otherwise I run, hike and bike without it and work as a professional Fire Fighter. Hang in there and work hard and work throught he pain in P.T.

Oct 19, 2009
acl pcl lcl
by: Anonymous

Hey! I tore my ACL PCL and LCL completely playing soccer about 4 years ago. I knew something was wrong immediately and of course the trainer at the game came over and showed me that I had at least torn my ACL and PCL for sure. Pretty depressing.
A month later I got surgery replacing all three with donor ligaments attached with screws.
Had physical therapy for nine months. I went 6 out of 7 days of the week for nine months. It was incredible that I could do it for that long. But its a very slow process and if you have a therapist with any sports knowledge they'll really get you going in the right direction.
What comes first is getting the swelling down. This entails biking with no resistance, just for the movement. The PT will manually bend the knee to keep track of mobility and measure it. You'll get lots of electrical stimulation and ice to help with swelling as well. The main thing with knee injuries (ankle, wrist, elbow...) is that swelling causes pain. So, when swelling decreases you automatically have less pain.
After you get some movement in there you'll start lifting and bending your knee on your own to start using your muscles again. Don't be afraid at how little they've gotten in all the months you're off your leg on crutches and what not. The muscle will come back with the right exercise and protein.
Make sure you don't try anything stupid like running before the doctor says its okay because someone else told you they did the same thing. These people go to school to learn how to effectively treat patients, and they get to know you so that they can treat you accordingly.
Once you get some strength in there its up to you to keep getting more and more back into shape and keep adding muscle to that puppy. Just compare it to your other leg. Most likely it will be smaller. The main muscles to work on (that still bug me sometimes) are the quad, hammie, shin muscles, and inner and outer thigh muscles. It is so important to keep icing that thing to get rid of swelling because a) swelling causes pain and b) swelling weakens the joint and gives way to injury.
Within nine months I was back playing soccer with my team and played for the remainder of high school. I can now work out and run with ease and don't really worry about my knee becoming totally injured again. Though I wouldn't play football or rugby, just to be safe. If someone ran into that thing shit would go down. It does hurt when it rains (some weird effect of pressure change due to surgery) and it hurts when I don't exercise enough because it starts to get weak.
Good luck with everything. Find the right physical therapist and don't sacrifice anything early on because you have your whole life ahead of you with this new joint. Eat right, exercise, take care of yourself and have fun! You'll end up great

Oct 18, 2009
acl reconstrution
by: j

whats up everyone i had ACL reconstruction with a medial meniscus repair and a lateral meniscus removal. i slightly tore my ACL playing football (didnt know) then blew it out playing basketball, none contact, just cut the wrong way. my doctor used my patella tendon for the reconstruction. everything went well after surgery which i had early september. i wasnt allowed to go past 110 degrees for the first 4 weeks because of the extent of the damage and repair of my meniscus(normally they give you 2-3 stitches, i received 6). last week was the first time i was allowed to remove my brace (which is the most annoying thing ever!!! no sleep, cant get comfortable) as of now i am walking good and can put full weight on my bad knee. the recovery time is annoying because of how long it is. since i was allowed to go past 110 degrees this week PT was horrible last week (the PT was bending my knee back to my butt and all you hear is scar tissue breaking away, lots of pain) i saw my doctor about a week ago (my doctor is the lead surgeon for a NFL team, i actually saw him on TV today lol, luckily he took my insurance so to say the least i went to the best doctor money, not mine, can buy) i asked him how long until i can return to basketball and he told me 6 months which i found odd cause my first dr i saw said 9-12 months so i asked him to explain. he said they did a study on a 29 male who died. he was 5 1/2 months in and his knee was 95% back to normal, so i said isnt everyone different which he agreed but if you pass all his tests at 6 months which 90% do you can return to full sports. i truly believe your recovery time goes hand and hand with how good of a dr you get so i urge you to get the best dr you can afford if you want this thing to go smoothly. just as important as your dr is your therapist. if yu ask your doctor they will refer you to the best place they trust, so again if you can afford it listen to him.her and go to where they say. so to rap this up, im about 5-6 weeks out of surgery and i am just starting to get back to even keel. if anyone wants to know anything about the actual surgery i.e. what to expect day of and after and how long and how much pain your in just ask, ill check back in a few to see if i have any takers but everyone on this page keep going, youll get back soon just hammer out the PT!

Oct 18, 2009
Torn ACL, MCL, PCL, Medial meniscus
by: Anonymous

I tore my ACL, MCL, PCL, and Medial Meniscus four months ago and had surgery right away. They replaced my ACL and PCL with donors, and repaired my MCL and meniscus. It took me three months to walk without anything, I'm still only on a stationary bike, and went for a couple "hikes".

I still have pain every day and my knee makes all sorts of noises. I have full extension and 130 flexion. Yoga has helped with extension. Patience, diligence, and a lot of swearing got me to my flexion.

I was given a year to full recovery, when hopefully I'll be able to trail run again in the mountains. Yoga has been helpful, acupuncture has been amazing, and swimming, both laps and aquajogger has kept me sane. The aqua jogger was great for mid-level flexion.

It sucks to be sidelined, and it takes time. Finding new outlets is key to keep sane. Good luck.

Oct 15, 2009
REPAIRED ACL AND MCL
by: SHAWNA CHANEY

My daughter had her acl and mcl repaired on Sept 4,09 and I want to know will she be able to play basketball this year.How long will it take for her to heal.

Oct 06, 2009
torn acl, mcl,pcl, meniscus, tibia fx,
by: sunrise

I was playing kick ball with my grandson and fell and torn my ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscus, and fractured tibia and fractured socket in the hip. I am currently in therapy to get my knee moving before they can do surgery. They expect it will take 6 months or longer for recovery. They have to replace the meniscus and repair all damage to the knee all from one simple fall. And I didn't even get a cut scrap on me.

Sep 09, 2009
Dislocated Knee Recovery
by: Natalie

Hello All,

I dislocated my knee (tibia and femur) playing rugby last October, tearing my ACL, LCL, PCL, Hamstring, Meniscus, Popliteal Tendon, Iliotibial Band, Peroneal Nerve, and some other stuff I can't remember - 11 things in all.

It has been 11 months since the surgery. I have full range of motion in my leg, but very little stability. I gained full range within 4 months, I would say - able to put full pressure on the leg within 5 - able to walk more or less within 5 or 6.

I may never run again. This is due to my torn nerve however, in combination with the knee problem. Although this injury has turned my world upside down, I am thankful for the experience because it has given me (forced, actually) trust in others, patience, reflection, and faith in God to use it for good.

Anyway, don't despair, even though it can be boring and awful! I have several friends who tore their ACLs, and they were back into rugby within a year. They say that the repaired knee (in ACL cases) is often stronger in the end than the other knee!

- Natalie


Aug 23, 2009
A change in plans...
by: Anonymous

My 17 year-old son unfortunately sustained a serious knee injury this past week during football practice, tearing his ACL, MCL and LCL. Our orthopod is still determining the surgical approach (1 or two surgeries). It looks like his football career is over, but he's also a sprinter. Wondering if anyone on this board has experienced a full recovery or knows of someone who's recovered to their pre-injury competitive sports level with this injury? We're in the info gathering phase right now and accepting that God's plan for our son has changed. Thanks to all.

Aug 11, 2009
Recuperation Timeline????
by: Anonymous

My daughter had MCL repair surgery on Aug 4/09, also patella realignment, debridement and some scoping. She's currently using a CPM machine twice daily and using crutches while wearing a straight brace. The CPM machine goes back on Monday and she doesn't see her surgeon until Friday - so what can she do in the meantime? Can she ride a recumbent bike yet? She has quite a bit of range of movement with the CPM machine and does that relatively pain free, just tightness. When will she be able to walk or drive (right leg) as university starts back up Sept 8/09 and she needs to be able to get to the campus. She knows very little right now as she got into surgery on a cancellation and didn't even see the surgeon until the operating room. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Aug 07, 2009
Hoping for thei best
by: Anonymous

I know what you mean about being down & not knowing if you'll be able to return to your normal activities. I for one have many concerns & hope that I'll be able to run, hike, snowboard, etc., just as I have in the past.

I'm still waiting for my surgery, but I've walking with a brace. Painful, but necessary. Good luck to us all!

Aug 07, 2009
Thanks for the hope
by: Beth

"Good luck to everyone who has sustained this injury. One thing is for certain, we will be better human beings in the end; for whatever that is worth. :0)"
This is a quote from Howie that makes me feel a lttle better. I have been pretty depressed about my chances for returning to my "normal" life of activity after MCL, ACL and PCL reconstruction. I still don't know if I will ever be able to return to my former activities ( martial arts and running) but I guess being a better human being would be a benefit as well. Any one who has been through this - can you give us some idea of what to hope/fear? Thanks Howie - your comment is one of the few things that has made me feel better about this situatio.

Jul 31, 2009
impatient!
by: Cindy

11 weeks post op now from acl, pcl reconstruction, and meniscal repair among other clean up stuff. Other than some hamstring pain, I feel ready to do a lot that I am still not "allowed" to do. I have been doing the stairmaster and riding a stationary bike for 1 hour daily along with balance and strength exercises for my leg but I am anxious to start jogging , using the elliptical, jump rope etc. What have some of you experienced with this and when did you start doing more intense cardio? I really miss doing cardio interval training but dont want to screw up now!

Jul 31, 2009
knee injury
by: howie

I was involved in a motorcyle accident April 18, 2009. As a result, I tore my acl, pcl, and lcl. I waited until May 27 to undergoe surgery. Reason being, to give my leg time to reduce in swelling and regain whatever mobility I could possibly muster. I began PT as soon as I was approved which began July 22. I progressed from crutches to a cane. My mobility is at cc120 degrees. I limp when I walk and my knee has buckled a few times. I can't help but to think when my knee used to be healthy. I could only hope through time and excercise my knee will be close to what it once was. I have to face the fact that this was a profound injury that removed 35 years of experience... I could only hope and meditate for the best outcome.. Good luck to everyone who has sustained this injury. One thing is for certain, we will be better human beings in the end; for whatever that is worth. :0)

Jul 31, 2009
knee injury
by: howie

I was involved in a motorcyle accident April 18, 2009. As a result, I tore my acl, pcl, and lcl. I waited until May 27 to undergoe surgery. Reason being, to give my leg time to reduce in swelling and regain whatever mobility I could possibly muster. I began PT as soon as I was approved which began July 22. I progressed from crutches to a cane. My mobility is at cc120 degrees. I limp when I walk and my knee has buckled a few times. I can't help but to think when my knee used to be healthy. I could only hope through time and excercise my knee will be close to what it once was. I have to face the fact that this was a profound injury that removed 35 years of experience... I could only hope and meditate for the best outcome.. Good luck to everyone who has sustained this injury. One thing is for certain, we will be better human beings in the end; for whatever that is worth. :0)

Jul 31, 2009
LCL donor
by: jen

5 weeks post LCL donor replacement...never thought this would be like this...not weight baring and not sure when they will start me to walk. they say around 16 weeks i should be able to walk with crutches, but i hate not knowing how long things are gonna be. had a game plan when they did ACL(donor), MCL, MENISCUS and LCL repair back in jan, but this LCL donor, well i have no clue what to expect!!! they said i will learn how to walk again...im so confused on all this!!

Jul 30, 2009
acl pcl lcl mcl
by: Anonymous

hey there,

I would definately get another opinion, if the lcl is completely severed then it needs to be replcaed, if not you can end up with severe arthritis down the road not to mention instability. The mcl can somtimes go without being reconstructed because it carries the most bloodflow of all the ligaments so it can sometimes left to heal, in rare cases the lcl can as well ut only if it is not completely torn, your most likely dealing with a sergeon who is unfamiliar with lcl reconstruction which can also be refered to as "plc" or post lateral corner which is made up of a bunch of different small ligaments and muscles that surround the lcl. check out the KNEEGURU site and they have tons of info there.

goodluck

Jess

Jul 30, 2009
acl pcl lcl mcl
by: Anonymous

hey there,

I would definately get another opinion, if the lcl is completely severed then it needs to be replcaed, if not you can end up with severe arthritis down the road not to mention instability. The mcl can somtimes go without being reconstructed because it carries the most bloodflow of all the ligaments so it can sometimes left to heal, in rare cases the lcl can as well ut only if it is not completely torn, your most likely dealing with a sergeon who is unfamiliar with lcl reconstruction which can also be refered to as "plc" or post lateral corner which is made up of a bunch of different small ligaments and muscles that surround the lcl. check out the KNEEGURU site and they have tons of info there.

goodluck

Jess

Jul 30, 2009
ACL, PCL, MCL & LCL all shot!!!
by: Anonymous

I dislocated my knee & tore all four ligaments on 06/21/09. After dealing with the incompetent & inept PCP & HMO I was able to get to a sports medicine specialist/ortho on 07/29/09.

He told me what I already knew (need surgery), but he said he would only repair the acl & pcl and possibly the mcl, but not the lcl. He said the mcl seems to be healing judging by some movements/exams he made with on my leg. He said he might repair the mcl if necessary once he was in (surgery scheduled for 08/06/09).

However, he said he wouldn't repair the lcl because it may not be necessary. WTF? And that it might cause complications. I don't understand how I'm supposed to walk again if the lcl is not repaired.

This is extremely frustrating. I'm seeing another MD on 08/03/09 and see what he says.

The first MD said it will be about 4-6 months before I could return to normal activity. This is not good.

Jul 27, 2009
Sports after acl, pcl, mcl reconstruction?
by: peg leg B

Hello all,
I am three weeks post-surgery after having allografts to rebuild my acl and pcl and also a reattachment of my mcl - all were completely torn. My PT says that I may never run more than once/week or return to Tae KwonDo at the balc belt level. Can you tell me what you have heard or experienced as far as returning to high-level sports after this type of injury and surgery?
Thanks.

Jul 06, 2009
LCL donor reconstruction 5 months after ACL donor reconstruction
by: jen

in jan i had total disruption of the acl, grade 3 lcl and mcl, and grade 2 meniscus. did donor acl and repaired everything else. after 4 months of very hard therapy, my knee was still unstable. my LCL did not heal back, so as of June 26 they had to remove scar tissue, fluid, set my knee cap straight and remove my LCL and use donor. had NO clue how this surgery was gonna be different the first, but not being able to bare weight and being completely dependent on someone to help with everything is taking a toll on me!! did 4 months of therapy for NO reason, my quad is completely gone and never would strenthen...no sure how long this recovery is but being told not to get in hurry!!! if anyone has an idea please write me cause they only tell you bits and pieces.
cenlasluggersmom14@yahoo.com

Jul 04, 2009
Speed
by: Anonymous

After 2 weeks im at 105 bending and walking with a small limp.. I do what the terapist has me to do, and my own at home very hard.. and i was told even tho the knee feels like it is about to bust, it never will, so i just push as hard as i can.

Jul 03, 2009
post PCL reconstrction pain
by: Anonymous

i had my left knee PCL reconstructed last November.
it's been 7 months now i still feel a lot of tightness and sharp pain in my knee, whenever i jog, swim and especially when i bend/squat. the pain limits my exercise to a very short time (e.g. a maximum 10min jog with a lot of pain) I've stopped physiotherapy 2 months ago as there was no improvement for sometime already.
any clue what is wrong? will the pain go away in months time? did something went wrong during the surgery? please help me out. thanks

Jun 28, 2009
surgeries sucks and the road to recovery is long
by: justin

ive had 3 reconstructive knee surgeries in the past year 2 replaced acls and 1 acl and lcl reconstruction and all 3 had major meniscus damage the bottom of my femur is ground flat from not having those ligaments all of you that have doubts keep your chins up acl surgeries can take up to a full year or more to recover im looking at a 2 year recovery time after a surgery 3 months ago! keep your heads up high and try to be optimistic i know it sucks but youll be get better

Jun 19, 2009
acl pcl lcl
by: Anonymous

Adam I'm suprised your going without physio for so long I had the same ligaments done and I was in physio a couple days after. I'm sooo struggling with range of motion even at 7 months so i;m pushing to have a second surgery to remove scar tissue. You guys should join the kneeguru site it has so much info and great people.

Jun 19, 2009
acl pcl mcl meniscus
by: cindy

hey adam,
I have spent countless hours researching this stuff and my understanding is that if it is acl alone, the rehab is much faster than your surgery. I had acl, pcl and meniscus along with 2 other clean up procedures and because of the pcl, i have to wait the 12 weeks of healing before i can really work it hard or bend it too much. They told me that if it was the lcl as well, it would be even longer of a wait before rehab. I returned to work after 2 weeks and started rehab the first week after surgery. However, I am only allowed passive exercises, no hamstring work, and no bend more than 90 degrees. I am 4 1/2 weeks out and started riding the stationary bike this week with the seat really high.
Good luck..... for me, it started getting much easier when they allowed me other stuff to do, like abs, and arms....... i was also allowed to do a cardio bike that you use your arms for..... not too thrilling but better than no exercise!

Jun 18, 2009
PCL/ACL/LCL 2 Weeks out
by: Adam

Hello everyone, I had PCL/ACL/LCL all allografts and I am two weeks out. Doc says no physical therepy until week 6 and then the fun begins. How long did most of you stay out of work for? I feel pretty good and going back to my office job on monday, 2.5 weeks out from surgery. Just wondering if I'm rushing it too much. I have a straight leg immobilizer and will be able to post up at my desk for most of the time. Any tips? This is my second time around on this one so I am really hoping it all works as planned...

Jun 18, 2009
acl pcl mcl meniscus
by: cindy

I am 4 1/2 weeks post op now from acl pcl reconstruction, and medial menisectomy, as well as 2 other clean up procedures. I am finally feeling much more encouraged. My PT has unlocked my knee brace, I am riding the stationary bike for 20 minutes 2x daily, can do all the arms, abs, and straight leg raises that i want to. I can even do pushups again if i lock the brace. My quad is still pretty atrophied ( it is freaky how fast that happens) but it was very strong to begin with so i have good stability now. I am also doing brisk walking in the pool. I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I haven't had any pain since week 1, just major stiffness. The hardest part is not pushing it too hard while it heals..........waiting game, for sure.
Good luck to all of you dealing with this stuff!

Jun 17, 2009
acl pcl mcl
by: Anonymous

I'd go with the surgery.....the mcl has good blood flow and can repair itself in many cases but the cruciates cannot and you will have huge instability, but honestly the rehab for ligament reconstruction is not a walk in the park so make sure you have a good sergeon who has done multiple ligament reconstructions and a good physiotherapist.

Jun 17, 2009
ACL, PCL, MCL complete tear
by: Sara

2 1/2 weeks ago I completely tore my ACL, PCL, and MCL with non-displaced tear of my meniscus. I managed to do all that damage from my ankle rolling out when I was jumping on our trampoline. I go see the sports medicine surgeon in 2 days. In the meantime my local orthopedic surgeon prescribed a jointed knee brace. He recommended the "passive" treatment that was to live with the brace and not have surgery. I chose surgery. Has anyone gone without the surgery? If I take off the brace,my knee cap will dislocate with slight movement.(dislocated 3 times in the first 2 days) I'm 30 with 6 kids and can't imagine living like this the rest of my life.

Jun 10, 2009
acl lcl pcl
by: Anonymous

hi there............the brace your talking about is either a brace to get you full extension or a brace to protect your new ligaments, it all depends on your surgeons post-op plans. I had one for extension for the first 2 weeks, once I got to 0 degrees (straight) I was given a brace for flexion to wear at night. They are both very uncomfortable.......most of the time mine ended up chucked across the room in the morning. Let me know how you are doing, I'm really interested in others progress with this type of injury.

jess

Jun 10, 2009
Brace
by: Anonymous

I am recovering from ACL, PCL, MCL replacement surgery... I am currently at around 6 weeks post-surgery, and I have a large rehab brace on which I keep straight at all times, but I also must sleep wearing it. Did anyone else need to sleep with the brace on, and if so, for how long? I see my doctor in a few weeks and will ask him as well, but it is getting quite frustrating I dare say...

Jun 09, 2009
acl lcl pcl
by: Anonymous

wow thanks so much it gives me much hope for my recovery and I wish your daughter a great recovery this is a horrible injury for anyone to indure.

Jun 08, 2009
understand your pain
by: Anonymous

My Daughter had a ACL, LCL, and PCL injury, almost 1 year to date.


Her recovery was slow to start with, before her 3rd month after surgery she had not regained enoungh range of motion to satistify her Dr.
He then schedule a scope , they went in and cleaned out scare tissue, and manipulated her knee while she was under. THIS WAS very successful, she has regained range of motion to 120*. We are very hopeful that she will be released from The Dr. care in Aug. which will be one year from her surgry.

Jun 08, 2009
understand your pain
by: Anonymous

My Daughter had a ACL, LCL, and PCL injury, almost 1 year to date.


Her recovery was slow to start with, before her 3rd month after surgery she had not regained enoungh range of motion to satistify her Dr.
He then schedule a scope , they went in and cleaned out scare tissue, and manipulated her knee while she was under. THIS WAS very successful, she has regained range of motion to 120*. We are very hopeful that she will be released from The Dr. care in Aug. which will be one year from her surgry.

Jun 07, 2009
acl pcl lcl
by: Anonymous

it's such a long process.....i'm 6 months post op from acl pcl lcl and some post lateral corner reconstruction and i'm havimg major ROM problems cannot bend my leg more than 110 degrees with major painno matter what i try. The sergeon says i have scar tissue and can't do anything cause it will just return. I also don't have full extension. Anyone experince this?

May 28, 2009
ACL MCL PCL surgery
by: EG

I was injured 03-31-2009 in a ATV accident and recived surgery 4-16-09. Its 2 weeks post op. I had acl & pcl grafted and the mcl reconstructed. So far the hardest part is being laid up. In my case I am a firefighter and my surgon told me 1 year befor I could return to active duty. Currently I am in a imoblizer locked. My next visit I should have the brace unlocked and begin regaining movement. So far this is the most challenging injury I have ever had. What type of Pt will I be facing and will it be at home or profecionaly done in a office type setting?

May 26, 2009
patience is the hard part
by: cindy

I am brand new to this process....... one week post op. I had reconstruction of my acl and pcl, menisectomy, and 2 other procedures to clean stuff up in my knee. I have seven incisions because the surgeon said there was a bit more complexity to the surgery once he got in there. I am not in much pain, stopped taking the pain killers after the 3rd day, just 1/4 of a dose at bedtime because i am having trouble getting it comfortable. I worked out at the gym daily before the surgery and am getting restless. I can tell that I am able to do alot more than i am allowed to do at this point. The hardest part for me right now is just waiting for the healing process so I can get back to working out. My leg is in a locking brace to walk and that is relatively pain free.

May 25, 2009
not so speedy
by: slowmoving

I just had my ACL PCL and MCL replaced and have been talking a great deal with a seemingly highly competent doctor... He has made it very clear to me how different every surgery can be. Even repairing a single muscle can be done in 100 different ways, and there can be 100s of different styles of tears, pulls, etc....

It is for this reason that I must state that even if one is diligent in their exercises, if 9 months does not bring you to complete recovery, don't fret! Everyone is different, and I for one will absolutely not recover in that amount of time... So Keep your chin up, and good luck!

May 20, 2009
speedy
by: mike

I had Acl, Lcl and Pcl surgery. Im at week 3 of my recovery and my knee is at 90 degrees and im walking(slowly. Your recovery should not take 9months if you work hard and do what your suppose to do.

May 06, 2009
I am so Real
by: Anonymous

It seems you got my message in a wrong way, i told you not to stop excercising and to be patient. You have to keep on rehabing, and to be commited to the medical instructions. i was just telling you to have faith in ALLAH at the end, that was not the whole message.

May 06, 2009
be for real
by: Anonymous

i did not tear the allah, i will keep faith in the medical profession. keep religion to the proper forum. this is not the place!!!!!

Apr 29, 2009
Be Patient
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel sad foe being away for 10 months. I want you to know that those who have torn acl and meniscus take up to 9 months to come back, and someone who had torn acl told me it takes about year and half. I am not tellling you so to stop excercising, i just want you to know that it takes time and work. Look at ronaldo and think of the number of operations he did, and you will know you will be able to do it. Rehabilitation differs from one person to another, Have faith in ALLAH and don't stop

Apr 28, 2009
ACL/MCL/PCL/Meniscus
by: Matt

I dislocated my knee, tore the acl,mcl and pcl and also the meniscus whilst playing football. I underwent surgery 10 months ago which included a replacement of the acl with an artificial ligament attached with a screw, the pcl removed and replaced with muscle fibre removed from my hamstring and also 50% of the cartlidge removed due to the damage done to the meniscus. I subsequently had to undergo a further 4 operations in the following month due to an infection that was picked up during the original surgery. It is now 13 months since the I sustained the injury and I am still some way from returning to full action. I follow everything given to me by the physios including plyometrics and weights and am also regularly taking part in light running and rugby training. However, I am still lacking in muscle mass and power in the affected leg and still can't 'open-up' when running. Turning is also a huge problem and there is pain when attempting to do so. I am feeling extremely frustrated and was wondering whether anyone had been through anything similar and had any tips they could pass on?

Mar 30, 2009
DON'T GET FRUSTRATED
by: Anonymous

Don't get frustrated, u must know that it is a matter of work, not a matter of time. Keep on doing the sets the therapist told you. It needs patience and don't give up. I have passed through all this, and i know how painful it is but as long as you are commited to the sets, be sure you will be able to come back isa.

Oct 19, 2008
fed up
by: Anonymous

I have had every thing but the meniscus. I am only at 70 degrees in my 5th week of recovery. I absolutely do everything I am suppose to do at home to. This knee is just not wanting to do anything. Im very frustrated. Is there something they can do to speed the process up.

Oct 09, 2008
what did they fix
by: Bart - SII

What kind of surgery did you end up having? Did they repair more than just the ACL?

An ACL reconstruction usually takes 6-9 months to recover from and return to activities - if you have other injuries and surgical repairs, that can change the timeline a bit, but most likely still somewhere around 9 months.

The pain in the back of your knee is likely due to the surgery and the healing you are going through.

Bart

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