Ruptured ACL, no 'popping sound'. age 17. soccer injury.

by Bethenney Thuurman

I am a 17 year old female. I am pretty athletic. About a month ago, Oct. 8, 2011, my ACL was ruptured. I was playing in the first district game of soccer. I was kicking the ball with my right leg and a girl came running over to try and get the ball. She accidentally ran into me. She hit the outside of my knee. My foot stayed planted and my knee twisted in. I did not hear any popping sound. After my injury before my Dr's appt. I was trying to figure out what an ACL tear was like and I kept reading everywhere that you would hear a popping sound when your ACL tears. Mine ruptured, meaning it is in half, and I didn't hear a thing.


At first I couldn't remember what really happened. When I asked my friend she told me that my knee twisted in. When this happened, I fell to the ground on both knees. Then my knee hurt REALLY bad. I was going to stand up but the pain worsened. So I went on my hands and knees trying to wait for it to get better, but it didn't.

My goalie came over and asked if I was ok. All I could say was, "no." So then the ref asked the same, I gave the same answer. Then they allowed our team Dr. to come out. He asked what happened, but I was flustered and in a lot of pain so I couldn't really explain through the sobs.

He kept asking if I heard a pop. But I didn't. All I said was that "It just hurts REALLY bad." So they took me off the field and he examined it and said he was worried about my ACL. They put ice on it, but it swelled quickly. I could hardly walk. It hurt so bad. probably a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

It was swollen for about the first week and a half and I could feel something moving in my leg, a good indicator that something is not longer connected. We saw a professional, and he said my ACL was ruptured. He didn't even have to take an M.R.I. He said that it was all squishy where my ACL was supposed to be. And he bent my knee in an awkward way it wasn't supposed to go.

For the first five days I walked SO SLOW. Little baby steps VERY slowly. It hurt too bad to go any faster, and my knee just didn't feel at all stable. On the sixth day I could walk faster, but with a limp. And that pace was still pretty slow.

Then I was limping around very slowly for about another two weeks. I probably should have used crutches those first two and a half weeks. I really haven't been able to walk even kind of normally till about last week. It still hurts most of the time ranging from a 2-8 on a scale of 10. It always feels uncomfortable. I don't like to straighten it, cause it feels like it is going backwards.

If I put too much pressure on it, it hurts like it did the first day and begins swelling again. Examples of too much pressure would be: dancing, basketball, pivoting. Basically, I can't do anything but walk, bicycle, and swim, and I was told by the Dr. that I shouldn't do anything other than these things.

My knee kind of feels like it's falling apart. So I like to 'hold it together' with my hands. I also feel something still moving in my knee occasionally. Sometimes I get sharp pains going up and down my leg. They hurt very bad. On a scale of 1-10 probably a 7.

I have been bicycling in the weight room after school to keep my range of motion ok. But I can only do it on resistance level 1 and it still hurts. I put a little band under my knee so that my knee does not pop so much when I'm bicycling. It still pops with the band, but it pops much more without the band. I cannot run. My knee does also randomly give out on me.

It has tired my other knee out, having so much extra pressure on it. It now gets sharp pains occasionally. Compared to my other knee though, they barely hurt. With decreased activity, my bad knee has felt a little better.

I am not able to get surgery until February because it just doesn't work out with our insurance and with school until then. So I will be putting up with this injury for 4 months. It is my senior year and I wasn't able to play with my soccer team in the state tournament, which we won, and I cannot play basketball this year. It's very frustrating, but it's life.

I do have breakdowns occasionally. It is hard to realize that my knee will never be the same. I will admit that the first month I was, for me, pretty depressed. It is normal to be depressed when injuries happen, but just remember not to dwell on it for TOO long. Life goes on. Tomorrow is a new day.

Recovery time for this injury is usually 6-9 months, which isn't a huge chunk of time out of your life. These are all the things I've had to accept and realize, I hope it helps. Good luck to everyone else suffering with this injury. God bless!

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Nov 02, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I finally found someone that I can relate too! I didn't hear a pop either so I figured without the "pop" it wasn't as severe. All I did was stand up while squatting and my knee gave out. Immediately swelling. I put it off for 2years thinking I could tough it out but I'm tired of my knee locking, poping( sounds like poping your knuckles) and feeling like my knee separates. I quit softball and squatting barbells because I'm afraid I might blow my knee out..am I over exaggerating or did I do more damage than I think?

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by: Anonymous

waiting to have the surgery is annoying because you have to deal with your dysfunctional knee, and not being able to do the things you love, but in the long run, it shouldn't make much difference in your overall recovery. And it will give you time to get as strong as possible before the surgery.

Most people hear or feel a pop with an ACL tear - it is the "classic" sign - but not everyone does. And sometimes it happens so fast and hurts so much, you can't remember the "pop". wedding caterers goa


Let us know how the surgery goes, and good luck with your recovery!

Feb 19, 2015
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it might not be an acl tear NEW
by: billgax

If you are having a ACL injury it need not always pop. If the knee is not twisted more than a certain degree, then it would not pop. You might be just having an internal muscle stretch, which might be almost at the tear point. If you put on any more stress then there is a great chance that the ligaments are torn. ICD 10 Preparation

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Ruptured ACL and horn tear meniscus NEW
by: Natalie

Hi, I'm 32, mother of 2 beautiful children and live in South Africa. We ride a lot of off-road motorbikes here.So we thought it would be fun to enter a scooter race. I put my leg out for the corner (as we all do). Took the corner too sharp and my boot caught the tar...all I remember was pop and pain exploded. I give it a close pain to childbirth. LOL. Don't even remember crashing. That was the end of the race for me. When the medics got me to the hospital my knee was bigger than my thigh(and I'm not little:))I've now since had the meniscus repaired and waiting for my surgery on the 2 June to have the Hamstring replacement done for the ACL. Can anyone tell me how long I will be in hospital for? The Meniscus was only 2 days here. The good news is that my doc said he would have back as I was before the crash. I have loved reading everyone's stories and it's good to know that I'm not alone in the worry side of it. Still a daunting process to go through.

Mar 24, 2013
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Torn ACL??? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi!
My name is Sara. I severely hurt my knee in a soccer game three days ago. My knee just completely buckled as I was trying to make a very sharp turn. It felt like my knee just completely gave out from under me. I did not hear a pop but it swelled immediately and the day after, was so large that I could barely make out my knee cap - there was so much fluid in there! It was unbearable to walk the day after. However it's gotten better since then and the swelling has even gone down a little. I saw a doctor but not a knee specialist, and she said she either thinks I either tore my ACL or dislocated my kneecap for a split second. Any thoughts??
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Jan 24, 2013
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No popping NEW
by: Annie

Last December I completely ruptured my right ACL tearing it right off the femur. I managed to do this at a state try out for the U/18's basketball team (I live in Australia and am 16).

When I did mine I was twisting and as you said, my foot stayed planted but the rest of me moved. It felt like the top half of my leg had moved to the left of the bottom half and that there was a massive clunk, but there was no popping noise. I fell into a heap on the ground crying, the pain lasted only 20ish seconds. I began icing immediately but about an hour later my knee started swelling. I ended up walking out of the try out though. My knee didn't really hurt for the first two weeks and no one thought it was as bad as it has turned out to be.

An MRI three weeks after sustaining the injury revealed exactly what had happened. I'm devastated about what I did but I know there is nothing I could have done to change what happened. But I'm terrified about having surgery and I'm also scared that I won't do the physio enough and will end up having major troubles when I'm older.

Jan 18, 2012
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I'm lucky. NEW
by: Bethenney

I went to get surgery on my ACL and when the surgeon scoped it he found that I had not torn my ACL all the way. It had barely been holding on. He said that it had was beginning to pull off of my femur and that it also partially tore, leaving 2 millimeters still connected. so the past three and a half months that I had been waiting to get surgery, it had been healing. It is now all the way healed but very weak. I now have permission to strengthen it and if it feels good in 4 to 6 weeks, which the surgeon is pretty sure it will, I can go back to sports just like before. The Doctor talked to me and he said that it was very rare to not tear your ACL completely since it isn't very wide at all. So it turns out that I was very lucky. I'm sorry that you tore you ACL. I do know a few people who have that are healthy and they were walking within weeks. But I have heard from them that rehab is a bit painful at times. But if you're healthy I think you will heal just fine. good luck!! keep me posted!

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by: Scott

Hey I'm Scott, I'm from the uk, I ruptured my left acl an tore my mcl October 2011, I was playing football, soccer to you Americans lol, I was running with the ball when I heard a pop and my knee just gave way, I hobbled around the field for a few minutes and then felt good enough to carry on! About 10 minutes later it popped again, only this time I couldn't get up. I thought I'd just twisted my knee but an MRI scan showed what I'd done, it's now January 2012 and I'm seeing my surgeon on the 20th to get my surgery date, I'm finding it really hard to come to terms the fact I can't play football, it's so frustrating and it's making me depressed, I lost my job the day after I ruptured my acl, so that didn't help, I go to physio once a week, but I can't wait to have my operation and get things going, thank you for reading and please comment any help would be great.

Nov 25, 2011
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Keep Moving Forward ! :)
by: Grace

Hey! After you read my story I had to read yours :) It's crazy how similar they are !! Although with my knee, I was able to walk at a pretty good pace, even after I injured mine for the second time I was still able to limp-jog over to my soccer team after we won haha. I know exactly how you feel; like nobody really understands what you're going through and that you're going to miss out on so much. All I can say is that it does get better! It's been about a month for me and I found that I can now go to the gym and still do fairly hard workouts on the bike which keeps me in shape. I think I've learned that these things happen for a reason and something good will come out of it eventually. You'll come back stronger than ever ! Let us know how it goes :)

Nov 22, 2011
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oh ya!
by: Bethenney Thurman

I will remember to keep everyone updated when I get surgery!

Nov 22, 2011
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thanks for the support!
by: Bethenney Thurman

thankyou to both for all the support and thanks for commenting! your comments do help! :)
and good luck with your insurance too! I enjoyed reading your story! thanks for sharing :) it's a good story :)

Nov 22, 2011
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Me Too!
by: Jael

Hey,

Last year (sophmore) I tore my Acl playing soccer too. I am a defender and I was going for the ball to get it from the other team, when this girl came and ran into me from the left side. We all fell down. I did not hear a POP either, but it kinda hurt and after that my knee felt weird. Since it did not feel to bad I got up, but I waved at my coach to take me off, but I guess he did not see me so I keeped playing. It started to feel better so I was like "ok". Then this girl came running down the feild with the ball an I turned to chase after her. I had almost caught her but then my knee just colapsed.

I had torn my ACL and I had not heard a POP either. I had surgery a month later.

That was last year. So then this year I tore my other one, but I did hear a pop. I was pivoting to kick the ball when my knee just poped and really hurt. So I guess it just depends on your knee. Another thing could be the situation. My first time it was a big moment in the game so I was more focused on that. THe second time it was a less pressure game.

This time i compleated my season with a big brace. Now I am waiting for insurance issues too!
It is really hard to wait but it build character!

Keep your head up and don’t get down on yourself because it will all come together in the end if you put your mind to it. People will give you a lot of sympathy and tell you that you are going to be out for so long. Just brush it aside and don’t let other people get you down. Use your support system and know that you control your own destiny.

Remeber, the anterior cruciate is just a ligament. The heart is a muscle

Nov 22, 2011
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Hang in there!
by: Bart - Sports Injury Info

waiting to have the surgery is annoying because you have to deal with your dysfunctional knee, and not being able to do the things you love, but in the long run, it shouldn't make much difference in your overall recovery. And it will give you time to get as strong as possible before the surgery.

Most people hear or feel a pop with an ACL tear - it is the "classic" sign - but not everyone does. And sometimes it happens so fast and hurts so much, you can't remember the "pop".

Let us know how the surgery goes, and good luck with your recovery!

Bart

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