Ryan's ACL Tear

by Ryan S
(Mobile, Alabama, US)

I'm 24 and also fairly active. I play on a flag football team (for fun) at the university I go to. Well, as we were warming up before the game, I had a conversation with a friend of mine. He tore his acl, mcl, medial and lateral meniscus 2 years ago playing basketball and is still recovering. I told him that tearing my acl would be horrible because once you tear something in your knee, it's likely that it will never be the same.(foreshadowing) As we were playing the game 20 minutes later, I caught a pass and was running up the sideline. I decided to run out of bounds at the first down marker. When i went to change directions, i felt my left knee partly dislocate inward. On my next step trying to slow down, i felt my knee go back straight and then partly dislocate outwardly. The next thing i knew i was on the ground in excruciating pain. I laid there for a minute while holding my knee. My teammates told me to try and walk it off. I tried to get up but was unable to without help. My friends assisted me to the bleachers where an emt came over to examine me. The extreme pain subsided into a dull ache after five minutes. There was also minimal swelling. He and I both suspected it was just a sprain. I carefully walked to my car to drive home and noticed how unsteady my leg felt. It kept wanted to give in on me. Iced my knee when i got home and went to sleep.


Im studying radiologic sciences in college and am currently in MRI school. I went to clinic the next morning with an ace bandage around my knee because it felt better with support. I asked my instructors if we could get an MRI of my knee so i could be sure I hadn't done more to it than I realized. They thankfully agreed to it. Upon completing the scan, I said "I suspect everything is normal." My instructor laughed and said, "You should probably come look at this. We cant find your ACL."
I thought they were joking until I saw the images. I knew this meant I had torn my ACL and could also see severe bone bruising. My instructor took my images to the radiologist so he could confirm that I indeed tore my ACL.

I saw an orthopedic surgeon four days later to find out my options. I told him that although my MRI obviously shows a torn ACL, I had my doubts it was really torn. I thought there would be more swelling and pain than what i had experienced. He did some physical test which included twisting my lower leg. He then informed me that tearing the ACL is actually painless, its the bruising of other areas that causes the pain. He immediately recommended surgery 4 weeks later. He gave me the options of a patellar graft or a hamstring graft. He described each to me and assured me he was very experienced in both. He recommended I do research on my own to decide which one i wanted. I talked to several people who had the patellar graft and they said they hate it. They have continued to have anterior knee pain even 10 years later. Apparently kneeling down causes pain from the nerves and scar tissue in front of the patella.

I have now decided to have the hamstring graft and am scheduled for surgery on Dec 2. I have had many surgeries repairing broken bones. However I am very nervous about this surgery for some reason. I feel like my knee will never be the same and I will always be afraid of tearing it again. It has been very interesting and enlightening to read others' stories on their injury and recovery. Rehab, it seems, is the most crucial thing to a full recovery.

Comments for Ryan's ACL Tear

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 03, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Awesome artcle NEW
by: Anonymous

This Article have great piece of information which helped me lot Mehndi design http://www.allanalytics.com/profile.asp?piddl_userid=790382

Jun 07, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
wonderful post NEW
by: Anonymous

You will find prints and designs which are available in the actual marketplace especially as soon as the holiday is fast upcoming http://mehandidesignsarabic.in/ mehndi designs.

Jun 07, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
wonderful post NEW
by: Anonymous

You will find prints and designs which are available in the actual marketplace especially as soon as the holiday is fast upcoming http://mehandidesignsarabic.in/ mehndi designs.

Dec 31, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Limousines hire Melbourne NEW
by: Limousines hire Melbourne

Nice Blog share. I like your post.....

http://www.vhalimos.com.au
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/to-from-airport.php
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/corporate-car-hire-melbourne.php
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/wedding-car-hire-melbourne.php
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/private-chauffeur-cars-melbourne.php
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/private-transport-melbourne.php
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/car-hire/tour-sight-seeing.php
http://www.vhalimos.com.au/car-hire/dine-out-night-clubs.php

Dec 18, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Big thanks to orthopedic surgeons! NEW
by: Lada Endresen

Orthopedic patients tend to nourish hope more than others. "The pain will soon go away", "I'm fine, don't worry", and "It just takes some time" is often what we hear from people who have troubles walking and running. Here, I just wanted to say thanks to orthopedic surgeons and physiotherapists with precise gestures and in-depth knowledge who make lives of others so much easier. Wherever they work - Australia, Canada, or Germany - their work is simply invaluable. Check out this http://imedicaltourismcenter.com/treatments/orthopedics/about.html to find out what questions to ask your orthopedic surgeon while choosing where to treat your knee, ankle, or shoulder.

Oct 31, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
health NEW
by: Anonymous

The nursing capstone project statements are good for students if it is written well. They can apply easily and get job.

Oct 28, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
early pregnancy tests NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had many surgeries repairing broken bones. However I am very nervous about this surgery for some reason. I feel like my knee will never be the same..early pregnancy tests

Oct 26, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Soft Gym Mats NEW
by: Anonymous

It is good to have information about sports injuries and their treatment. It is very essential for a sportsman.

Soft Gym Mats

Oct 17, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
RC lipo battery cells NEW
by: Anonymous

I have now decided to have the hamstring graft and am scheduled for surgery on Dec 2. I have had many surgeries repairing broken bonesRC lipo battery cells

Oct 11, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
great NEW
by: Anonymous

wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.http://finance.yahoo.com/news/talk-heart-review-samantha-sandersons-203000038.html

Oct 10, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
great NEW
by: Anonymous

buy youtube subscribers A good blog always comes-up with new and exciting information and while reading I have feel that this blog is really have all those quality that qualify a blog to be a one. youtube views

Oct 10, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Love Guru In India NEW
by: Anonymous

Interesting post it is .Very nice content is used in this post.
Vashikaran Mantra In Hindi
Love Marriage Specialist
World Famous Astrologer

Oct 10, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Blackmagic Specialist in Kolkata NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for share an informative post with us . I relly like it .
Blackmagic Specialist In Kolkata

Oct 10, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Vashikaran Mantra NEW
by: Anonymous

This is very informative post . I lkie it . Thank you to share this post.
Vashikaran Specialist
Vashikaran Mantra
Vashikaran Specialist Baba
Blackmagic Specialist
Lost love Back Solution
Love Marriage Specialist
Love Guru Specialist

Oct 10, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Vashikaran Prediction NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your efforts to making this type of informative post . Keep posting .
vashikaran specialist
Vashikaran Mantra in hindi

Oct 06, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
GAME HACK NEW
by: Anonymous

top eleven hack On that website page, you'll see your description, why not read through this. astuce clash of clans

Sep 30, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ryan's ACL Tear NEW
by: Anonymous

Just wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your post is just nice and i can assume you're an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.


lary


Sep 29, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
compupool salt cell NEW
by: Anonymous

yep good to discover that publish. maintain the item upon. i always locate that is style of work. i would be tell each of our close friends. thanks.compupool salt cell

Sep 19, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
internet privacy NEW
by: Anonymous

actually it's fantastic as well as well suited for a person. it is actually simply significantly. keep developing as well as with regards to. get pleasure from regarding speaking about a very good write-up.internet privacy

Sep 19, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Private Label Supplement Manufacturer NEW
by: Anonymous

Private Label Supplement Manufacturer can help your dreams of having your own product come alive. Intermountain Supplements offers a wide variety of custom formulation services including liquids, capsules, sprays, powders, and more.

Sep 16, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Interesting Post NEW
by: Abhishek

I like to read posts on this blog.
Jabong Promo Codes

Sep 14, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
autoasesor NEW
by: autoasesor

We have discover along with imagine me personally Image browsing away just for this comparable kind of post intended for prior 7 days along with rarely discovered this kind of.autoasesor

Sep 04, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice post NEW
by: Anonymous

Nice post you have an great thoughts that you have shared with peoples so they can learn from your experience and get information as well.

vinyl stickers

Sep 01, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice Post NEW
by: Anonymous

Security Guard Jobs


Security Guard Jobs - As the economy recovers and new businesses are being set up, the demand for commercial, private and event security guards is on the rise. A lucrative profession with decent pay, health insurance and other benefits - security guard jobs are ideally suited for you, if you are attentive to detail, enjoy some action and do not want a 9-5 desk job!


Aug 23, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Watersound Real Estate NEW
by: Anonymous

This is my personal new go here. From your numerous feedback on your own content articles, I reckon that I am not simply one possessing all the pleasure in this article!Watersound Real Estate

Aug 20, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
dragon city hack for gems NEW
by: dragon city hack tool

Thanks for sharing dragon city to get unlimited hack and tool.cheats,coins at zero penny than visit here. tool dragon city

Aug 14, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
steam cleaning NEW
by: Anonymous

Appreciate it due to this article I did delight in studying that, I am confident to be able to take a note of your own page. It is definitely good article therefore you would an excellent article.steam cleaning

Aug 11, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
dtc1111@gmail.com NEW
by: DT

DTC strives to impart quality education to transform students to become dynamic in their approach, thinking, attitude & life style.DTC always tries to improve learning process as a Center of excellence.
Best B tech college in delhi NCR
Top engineering college in haryana NCR
B Tech admission 2015 in Delhi ncr

Aug 05, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice Post NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing this interesting blog with us. My pleasure to being here on your blog.
I want to come back here for new post from your site. It is really good to read such a nice writing.
Top Hertfordshire removals Company

Aug 04, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice information NEW
by: Anonymous

You are a great writer and your All posts have something to learn. Your work is very nice and I appreciate your work. thanks for this nice post.
change order form free

Jul 31, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Great information NEW
by: Anonymous

I am addictive to your blog whenever go online I visit your blog because it keeps me updated.Brilliant analysis! Both informative and interesting. Very helpful for people like me who are also in the field of writing.
Custom Window Stickers foe Car Window

Jul 30, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Good work NEW
by: Anonymous

Just brilliant! I love your style, and the fact that you share your knowledge, as well as your life, with your readers.Very courageous you deal this sensitive issue very well I really appreciate you.
Hertfordshire removals

Jul 26, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
profit academy review NEW
by: profit academy review

This content is written very well. Your use of formatting when making your points makes your observations very clear and easy to understand. Thank you.profit academy review

Jul 23, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thanks for this nice post. NEW
by: Anonymous

The information and the aspect were just wonderful. I think that your viewpoint is deep, it’s just well thought out and truly incredible to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts so well. Good job and keep it up.
purchase hologram stickers au

Jul 23, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thank you so much for sharing this nice post NEW
by: Anonymous

Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, Got lots of great information and inspiration, both of which I need, thanks to offer such a helpful information here.

candle packaging boxes

Jul 15, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thank you so much for sharing this nice post NEW
by: clark

Thank you so much for sharing this nice post about this topic, I want more tips about this topic. Keep it up. die cut stickers

Jul 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Great Website NEW
by: Anonymous

Sports Injury Info is a good website for sportsmen. I like it so much that I have bookmarked it. Hand Made Bricks

Jul 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Great Website NEW
by: Anonymous

It is a good website about sports injury. sportsmen should be aware of common sports injuries so that they can handle themselves wisely. London Bricks UK

Jul 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Good Website NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for ssharing nice and valuable website. It is a very interesting piece of content. Rubber Gym Mats UK

Jul 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Good Website NEW
by: Anonymous

Sports injury information is a very important subject for sportsmen and athletes. They must possess necessary information on this subject. Gym Mats Company

Jul 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
water damage restoration dallas NEW
by: water damage restoration dallas

Now this is a wonderful books that describes a lot about family and relationship values and the need for it in life how much we feel it Is not needed nor we should neglect it. The inner struggle is depicted well here.water damage restoration dallas

Jul 11, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ryan's ACL Tear NEW
by: Martinez

I have a lot of content writing services for write these educational services and content writing services in this essay-on-time essay writers. So that I want to see more educational services for my college students. That is very important for write these educational services in your website.

Jul 10, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Awesome NEW
by: Anonymous

We have been searching for the kind like you. my friend send me the link of this Decent post, it’s a truly cool blog that you have here, keep sharing such awesome posts. shop window stickers printing

Jul 09, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I would like to thank you NEW
by: clark

I would like to thank you for the nice information you have made in writing this article. I am really so impressed to see your nice post.2 part carbonless forms printing

Jun 30, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Very Beautiful NEW
by: Anonymous

Mwen ta renmen premye nan tout di ou mèsi anpil ak di ou ke ou yo ap fè yon gwo travay. Sit entènèt ou a gen yon konsepsyon trè bon ak w ap fè yon bon travay. Mwen ta renmen yo di kenbe moute travay la bon ak kenbe vanse ak Dont tounen gade dèyè pawas.
Mwen ta renmen premye nan tout di ou mèsi anpil ak di ou ke ou yo ap fè yon gwo travay. Sit entènèt ou a gen yon konsepsyon trè bon ak w ap fè yon bon travay. Mwen ta renmen yo di kenbe moute travay la bon ak kenbe vanse ak Dont tounen gade dèyè pawas.buy from us

Jun 30, 2015
Rating
starstar
Good work NEW
by: Anonymous

Voldria en primer lloc gràcies molt i li dirà que vostè està fent un gran treball. El seu lloc web té un disseny molt bo i que està fent una bona feina. M'agradaria dir a mantenir la bona feina i seguir endavant i no et mirar enrere pupil.
buy here electrical matting

Jun 26, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Campbelltown carpet cleaning NEW
by: Campbelltown carpet cleaning

It is not a big issue in the case of kittens. It will be changed after few months and now you just allow them to bite. I have also two kittens and they are also like this. Just leave it.Campbelltown carpet cleaning

Jun 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Maharishi Markandeshwar University NEW
by: Anonymous

Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana - Ambala, erstwhile known as Maharishi Markandeshwar Education Trust was founded with the objective of social, educational and economic upliftment of society in the year 1993, in the name of Lord Shiva's devotee, "Maharishi Markandeshwar Ji.
Best University in haryana
Pharmacy College
B Tech courses in haryana
MBA courses in haryana
BCA Courses in haryana

Jun 08, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Digital tickets NEW
by: Digital tickets

Pretty nice post.Digital tickets I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

Jun 04, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
paper NEW
by: paper

The bestessays.com is ready to help the students at any time. The students are interested in getting help for the essays by the professional services because they are expert and have best skills for writing the assignments.

May 29, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
sydneyswimmers.com.au/triathlon NEW
by: sydneyswimmers.com.au/triathlon

sydneyswimmers.com.au/triathlon are the providing the best coaches in Sydney and if you are looking for free classes then call us now at 0431 571 161

May 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
spread across 9 acres NEW
by: Anonymous

Artemis Hospital, spread across 9 acres, is a 350 bed,state-of-the-art multi-speciality hospital located at Gurgaon, in the Capital Region, India. Artemis Hospital is the first JCI and NABH accredited hospital in Gurgaon.
Hospital in gurgaon
Heart surgery in gurgaon
Liver transplant in gurgaon

May 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Hi NEW
by: Mds

Mody School is an exclusively girls' English medium residential school from classes III to XII affiliated to the CBSE, New Delhi. Established in 1988 by Shri Rajendra Prasad Ji Mody, Our Guiding Spirit & Chairman BOG, the School produces individuals with a global outlook.
List of CBSE affiliated school

Apr 18, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
quite eventful NEW
by: Anonymous

Year 2013 has been quite eventful. SRSG also witnessed events and evolved in terms of business verticals, technologies, people and processes.
Radio station consultants
TV Studio designs

Mar 09, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
quite eventful NEW
by: Anonymous

Year 2013 has been quite eventful. SRSG also witnessed events and evolved in terms of business verticals, technologies, people and processes.
ipad service center in Kolkata
Mac pro service center in Mumbai
MacBook pro dealers in Delhi

Jan 22, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
hey man NEW
by: jimmy

Tear of ACL’s is actually a pretty normal one among players who do not properly warm up and stretch those muscles which they do not usually use. When you do not go for a good warm up this is what happens. visit the site

Mar 13, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
re
by: Anonymous

I hope you are doing better. You will be back to playing. It takes time, but your knee will be strong again. Mine felt weak at first, but once i got into doing everything again it felt fine. I played this basketball season with a functional ACL brace, but i recently tore my other ACL. So i will probably be ditching it pretty soon. I didn't think i would ever be comfortable playing without it, but it feels fine now. Hope your recovery goes well! Work hard, be patient, stay positive and you will do fine.

Nov 25, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
hello
by: Anonymous

Hi, im 14 and actually just had my ACL surgery yesterday on the 24th of November. I used the hamstring graft as well. There is nothing to worry about. The doctors are all excellent and will treat you very well. The first couple days will be a little bit painfull however. As long as you work hard in rehab, you will be playing football with your friends in less than 8 months. Rehab is the key to a full/speedy recovery.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Sports Injury Stories.