Second ACL Injury from Soccer

by Jael
(Pa)

I am a sixteen-year-old junior in high school. Last year in September I completely tore my left ACL and had some meniscus damage playing soccer in a Labor Day pre–season varsity soccer tournament. I had to miss the rest of the season, did pre-op physical therapy and I had surgery in October last year. I rehabbed for about 4 months afterward. I got cleared at 4 months and started playing at 6 months on a club team. I was getting back into it and was getting my game back. I was playing in a Memorial day tournament. I rocked the first half and was just starting the second half. I was kicking a ball with my right foot and I brought my foot back down really quickly. I don’t remember how exactly I fell but I ended up on the ground and it hurt. I am told that I landed with my knee out. So my coach and a EMT came out. I lied there just calmed myself down. I was thinking “oh no not again”. They pulled me up and I told them I could walk by myself. So I walked off the field. My knee did not feel unstable and it felt completely different then last time. It hurt more on the outside. I sat out the rest of that game and my friend texted our High School trainer. He eventually came out. I explained what happened and he did a bunch of tests on it. They all hurt just on the outside. He gave me ice and said that he thought it was a lateral ligament sprain. He told me that I should see my physical therapist. So I sat out the rest of the tournament and saw him the next Tuesday. I told him what happened and he did a bunch of the same tests. He though it was a lateral collateral ligament sprain. He said to take our next game off and practice and then come back to see him. I did and he said that I could practice with a brace. I did and it felt good. Then next practice felt good too. When I went to see him a few days before our game to see if I could play he asked me if I thought I could. I told him that I was not sure so he said I should not. So the Club season ended and I started conditioning with the brace and checked in with my physical therapist. I did that through the summer. They started to think it was more of a meniscus injury. Then in July I was supposed to go to a soccer camp. He said to go to the camp with no restrictions but to stop if it hurt at all and to bring their number just in case. So I went to camp and was doing pretty good, only a few little pains. On the second day I was playing the evening game and I was chasing a ball on defense. I was running down the line toward our goal to turn it and when I did, I pivoted hard of my right leg. I felt a pop and it HURT so I quickly sat down. I laid back and was trying to calm my self down. My coaches came out and I told them not to touch me and to let me calm myself down. I rolled on my stomach and was about to get up and my coach said to just relax and take it easy. Eventually I scooted off the field and the trainer came over. My coach said she heard a pop too and that the other coach said that she had heard a pop. The trainer examined it and said it looked like more meniscus. She asked about my previous injury. I iced and she looked at it again. She said to come see her tomorrow. I tried calling my therapist but could not get through that night. So my coach called in the morning to get there original prognosis of what it was. They said lateral meniscus. I saw the trainer and told her. She said she thought it was medial meniscus this time but that did not explain the pop. She said to see a Dr. when I got back. She said I could play that day but that she did not recommend it! SO I watched.

When I got back I saw my therapist and he said that I should see a DR. So I scheduled an appointment about a week later. When I saw him, he messed around with my knee moving it different ways. He said that because my legs were so strong he could not do the regular tests that he usually did, so he did some special ones, but he still was not sure. I got an x-ray, which didn’t show anything. So he said that he wanted me to get an MRI. I did the following day, Tuesday, (my birthday) and scheduled an appointment for the following Monday. I filled out this paper that my therapist gave me so that they would get the results too. Since soccer started on Monday we asked if they could call us with the results. SO I had my MRI and then the next day they called and told me that I had torn my other ACL and some meniscus. They said I could come in the next day to talk. After my mom hung up with my Dr, my therapist called. He asked if we heard what happened and she told him yes. They talked a bit. She told him that I still wanted to play. He said it was possible but that I would risk further meniscus injury, but I did not want to miss another season. The next day I saw my Dr. and he told me my options. I could do nothing about it, get surgery or play with a brace. I told him that I was not quite ready for surgery again. We told him that we would get back to him. After my parents and I talked about it they decided that they would be ok with me playing. Since I still wanted to get it fixed eventually I think I will have surgery some time in January then I will still have enough time to be ready for my Senior year! So we scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic place. Practices started and since I was not re-cleared I could not do anything yet. I was a little worried about not practicing because we have cuts and I was not able to do anything. Then Wednesday I went and got fitted for my brace. They said it would take a few days but it’s been a week and one day and its still not here yet. We called and they said it could be here today so hopefully! Anyway three days ago were the cuts and I still made the team. My coach said that he knew I was a good player and that I could begin when I got my brace.
So I am just waiting, and watching our 4½ hour practices and 2 a days till I can play.

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Mar 11, 2015
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Oct 30, 2012
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by: Jael

So two days after I reinjured my right knee, I went to see my therapists. They looked at it and agreed that it could be meniscus. They said that since this knee was not perfect before this happend that it was not as much of a concern that it was hurting. He said that if the knee had not been injured before he would be more concerned. They asked me if I thought I could play in the game that day and I told them yes. They said to warm up and see how it felt. so they told our trainer to tape my knee to give it extra support. So I got my knee taped and then wore my brace over top of that. I warmed up and it was pretty rough so I did not play in that game. But I worked through it and the next game I got to play. My knee was sore and it stayed swollen. But I made it through the season. We had our last game a week from yesterday and it is only now sstrtin gto now be swollen. SO we had out banquet yesterday and I got the "Player of the Year" award. I was so surprised. Coach went through and talked about all my injuries and how I overcame them. he was really funny cause he said that if he tore even one of his ACL he probebly would not have come back! SO I was very honored!!

I definitely think that my surgeries changed the way I look at soccer and it really made be better in the long run!

I have always wanted to major in Sports Medicine but all of my injures have made me want to all the more!!! So I think I have decided that I won't play spring soccer:( It just seems like it would be better for me to stay healthy. But that is really sad for me because I could not play last year either!! But I am planning to do track instead, I figure that it is straight running and would be better for my knees! I tolld my therapist and he laughed in agreement!

Oct 09, 2012
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Hey, so I have notwriten in a while:)

So, things have been going pretty good. My knees both felt pretty good for the past games we had played. I was still having a bit of troube with my left knee hurting. So then yesterday was senior night and in the first half I hurt my right knee agin. the weird thing was that I had my ACL brace on at the time and it seemed like it was on right. I was going to do the step on move but after I steped over the ball my right leg planted and my knee went in. that kinda hurt. I told my coaches that I needed off. so then out trainer looked at me and at half time i joged a bit and warmed back up. I went back in and played the rest of the game. so then today our trainer re-evaluated it and it was kinda swolen and painfull. he said that it seemed like some meniscus. he wantes me to see my therapist so I'll probebly do that tomorrow! Anyway we have about 5 more games left and a chance at maby playoffs. i'll keep ya up to date.

Oct 09, 2012
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Hey, so I have notwriten in a while:)

So, things have been going pretty good. My knees both felt pretty good for the past games we had played. I was still having a bit of troube with my left knee hurting. So then yesterday was senior night and in the first half I hurt my right knee agin. the weird thing was that I had my ACL brace on at the time and it seemed like it was on right. I was going to do the step on move but after I steped over the ball my right leg planted and my knee went in. that kinda hurt. I told my coaches that I needed off. so then out trainer looked at me and at half time i joged a bit and warmed back up. I went back in and played the rest of the game. so then today our trainer re-evaluated it and it was kinda swolen and painfull. he said that it seemed like some meniscus. he wantes me to see my therapist so I'll probebly do that tomorrow! Anyway we have about 5 more games left and a chance at maby playoffs. i'll keep ya up to date.

Oct 09, 2012
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Hey, so I have notwriten in a while:)

So, things have been going pretty good. My knees both felt pretty good for the past games we had played. I was still having a bit of troube with my left knee hurting. So then yesterday was senior night and in the first half I hurt my right knee agin. the weird thing was that I had my ACL brace on at the time and it seemed like it was on right. I was going to do the step on move but after I steped over the ball my right leg planted and my knee went in. that kinda hurt. I told my coaches that I needed off. so then out trainer looked at me and at half time i joged a bit and warmed back up. I went back in and played the rest of the game. so then today our trainer re-evaluated it and it was kinda swolen and painfull. he said that it seemed like some meniscus. he wantes me to see my therapist so I'll probebly do that tomorrow! Anyway we have about 5 more games left and a chance at maby playoffs. i'll keep ya up to date.

Aug 20, 2012
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by: Jael

So, its been a while:)

Anyway, I did end up doing the athletic enhancement program for 4 weeks. It was really good and I could tell that my knees and everywere else was so much stronger. I did end up going to camp and participated in everything except the games. So I went to see my doctor on Aug 4th and.... HE CLEARED ME:) i was so happy:) so that was just over 6 months:) 2 weeks later I started official soccer practices and things were going well. At a practice last week I was playing a full feild scrimage against our own team and the feild we were playing was really holey and bummp. I went to kick and steped in a hole with my first injured knee (left). I felt it shift and then home back, but it stayed solid, like it did not go all the way out. it hurt and I talked to the trainer and he looked at it after practice. He said it might be meniscus. so then i played my first game saturday, Aug 18th, Exactly 7 months after surgery:) My recenty reconstructed knee did very well and felt pretty good. my other one kinda hurt. So at practice today our trainer said to no do any sprinting and see how it goes.

But all is going pretty good:) I am playing and happy!

Jun 16, 2012
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by: Jael

Wow, so I have not writen in forever. Things are going really well! I just got discharged from PT this week so that is great! I am running. 9 weeks ago they put me on the ACL running plan to help me get back into it. I am just about done with that. Also, the last two therapy sessions I did some plyomeric stuff. At my last Dr. visit I got some upsetting news. SO all along my Doctor has said that I would be ready in 6 months. So then at this last visit he was talking about it being 8 months. I have no idea where that came from but it was kinda upsetting. And he was saying that I would not be able to play games till mid September, which is right in the middle of the season! Not cool! We are still talking about it though and he might let me go at 6 months. He was also talking about me doing an athletic enhancement program to strengthen my knees! It sounds really cool and it would be really good for me but it is expensive!!!!!

Anyway, I am feeling pretty good. My right (most recently reconstructed one) still has some pain in the inside, which might me meniscus. My left knee still has the bump on it that is annoying. But for the most part I am back to normal.

Mar 21, 2012
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by: Jael

So I got my functional brace yesterday! Its shiny and black:) Its so much better than the post Op brace:)
I was at therapy and they were watching be do a one leg squat and knoticed tat my knee goes in when I do that but if I turn my foot out a bit it does not do that as much. they had me do it so many times and then with the other leg and then they drew on me to see which way my tibia went:)There were 3 guys analzing this for like 10 min. It was kinda funny! They still don't know what is the deal though:) my other leg does not do that either;) but anyway, things are going very well so far. I am having a bit of soreness on the inside front of my knee though but we are working through that.

Mar 15, 2012
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WEll everything is going well still. I still have yet to get in the pool, but my PT says that when I do all I will be doing is running:) SO I am excited for that! They have an underwater treadmill so that is going to be great. I still won't be able to run on land though. This week we started the leg press and some little lunges. But so far all is well!

Feb 24, 2012
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by: Jael

Ok, so I am just over 5 weeks out. UP till yesterday I was still non weight bearing and on cruches. I have been doing therapy 3 times a weeks and things have been going pretty good! SO yesterday I had a Dr. appointment and he said that I could walk now!!! I was so happy!:) So today in therapy we got to do a bit more. I am going to start doing some pool therapy next week. My Dr. was very happy with my full extension and good flexion. He said still no weight on my knee when its bent past 90 degrees. Anyway, things are going great!

Jan 27, 2012
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by: Jael

My Doctor said that my meniscus tear was a pretty large tear and he fixed it because he didn't feel like he could leave it or cut it off. soo... :)

Jan 27, 2012
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by: Jael

Well, I got to see my knee for the first time yesterday:) Its a little bit swollen and there is some brusing forming on my shin, but my Docetor is very happy with my surgery. He said I am ahead of schedule. I have compleat extension and 90 degrees of flexion, which is all I can right now because of my meniscus. I get to take my first shower tonight!!! I am so happy:) washing my hair in the sink was kind of a hassle:) I start therapy on tuesday. so I am on my way and doing good!

Jan 18, 2012
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by: Jael

Well, I had surgery this morning. Everything went well! Before surgery my doctor came in and explained some things, like that I would be able to walk on my knee with cruches as I could. He said that they were going to look at the meniscus and see how it was. So I woke up from surgery in not very much pain. Just a bit achy. When I finaly saw my dad he said that he had talked to my Dr. and he said that my meniscut tear was on the outside and that it could be repaired, so he had fixed that too. So now because menicuse was repaired, I can't walk on it for 6 weeks:( oh, well. SO now I am on the other side on my way to recovering. I have a big brace on and my leg is bandaged all the way from my foot to my thigh:) I am in a bit more pain now, but doing good. I won't start therapy till after my follow upin 7 days.
I'll keep you all updated.

Jan 12, 2012
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by: Jael

OK so... I had an appointment on the 9th and I met with a new Doc. He confirmed that my ACL was torn and then he told me that he did not do this type of surgery anymore so he refered me to this other doctor. I had an apointment with him today and now surgery is schedualed for next WED. the 18th. I a bit nervous even though I have been throug it before!! This time i will be having the cadaver, which makes me a bit nervouse too!

Dec 30, 2011
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Well, I have an apointment to meet my new orthopedic Doctor on Jan. 9th. so once that happends I don't know how long it will be till I have surgery. Probebly not long.

Dec 22, 2011
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Well, insurance is worked out now, but I have to change Doctors because my other Doctor dose not acept this insurance:( (my first surgery was covered by the school because I got hurt playing a schiil sport but since this happend duirng a pre season event they can't cover it) that makes me sad. I was really comfortable with him and knew how he worked so now I have to go to another one. I think we have found one though. For insurance purposes, I have to be “referred” to him, so I actually have an appointment to see a regular doctor tomorrow so that they can review everything and send me to the orthopedic surgeon. So now the ball is rolling :) I just want to get everything over with so I can start to get better!

Nov 30, 2011
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by: Jael

Bart,
Well, as of now I don't have a date. Insurance is being slow, and we have to wait for that to go through first. I was hoping to already have surgery by now, but it look like it will be in the middle of Dec. hopefully! Last time I was cleared a 4 months but I want to give myself enough time to recover for my senior season next year. I have already missed a lot of my high school soccer seasons, so I want next year to have no issues!
Thanks for asking:)

As far as questian go, having been throught it before is a big help in knowing what to expect, But if I have any I will defanitly let you know!

Thanks

Nov 29, 2011
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by: Bart - Sports Injury Info

Just wondering if you have a date set for your surgery. I see you've made some friends in the other posts, but didn't see a date for when you were to have your ACL reconstructed.

You've been through this before, so you probably don't have many questions, but if you do, send me an email through the contact us form and I'll try to answer them...or post on here and I'll try to answer.

Bart

Nov 22, 2011
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by: Jael

Well, soccer is compleatly over now. We made it to playoffs too! I am still going to see our trainer everyday so he can do ultrasound and stim on my left (last years reconstructed knee). I still am haveing pain where the anchor or screw is.
I am waiting for insurance stuff to go through then I can have surgery. I kinda wanted to have surgery this month but it has not worked out. i am hoping to have it before christmas!

So thats where I am right now. My right knee is feeling pretty good! I still have to wear the brace to run and other things. But all is well.

Oct 23, 2011
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Well, the season is almost over and my knee has been doing really good! Besides that one time I really have not had any trouble. The brace is keeping things in line too!

Recently I have been having this burning pain in my other knee (the reconstructed knee from last year) our trainer and my Physical Therapists think its tendonitis from the patella where they took the graft. Also I have this bump which they think is an anchor from the surgery. Besides that and shin splints everything is going well. Am still planning to have surgery sometime soon so that I’ll be good for next season.


Sep 22, 2011
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Well I got my brace, its a beast!! But its working ok! I have only had one indecent so far. I was practicing and we were in a scrimmage against our own team, I was on defense and was fighting for the ball I kinda felt my knee shift and it hurt so I stopped and iced. The next day it kinda hurt to run but it had gotten better!
All is going well so far though!

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