Shawanda's ACL Surgery

by Shawanda
(Lithia Springs, GA)

Hi my name is Shawanda I'am a 36yr female; I completely tore my ACL left knee on 09/11/10 in a dancing contest. My first ACL reconstruction/repair surgery was on 10/14/10. A graft was taken from my patella and my quadceps. Since the surgery I have not been able to re-gain full range of motion. In mid November of 2010, my surgeon just decided to order the CPM machine and a Kneehab Sleeve for my left knee. Still no progress my knee would not been above 80-85 degrees; and that is me bending own my own. The Physical Therapist can bend it at about 94 degrees {painful} I might add, that is if I can keep my left hip down on the table. The extension is above 10 degrees. On Dec 16, 2010 I had my second surgery it was {manipulation of knee joint - knee Arthroscopy:with lysis of adhesions}. Some bleeding occurred then I was intubate during the surgery. Therefore, I was in a great deal of pain during the first initial surgery, now it is 2 times worst after the second surgery. I can't take any of the prescription meds because I have to drive to work everyday. Aleve only works for about 2-3 hours if that. I hate Physical Therapy even though I know they are just doing their job but, it should not hurt as much for you to cry of severe pain during therapy. Honestly, I don't know what else to do, I'm tired, stressed, depressed and irritable all the time. And the sadest thing is that, I know it is coming from the pain and discomfort of my knee. I would like to know if there is a better way to cope with the pain and how to re-gain full range of moton in my left knee!!!!


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Aug 23, 2015
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Education NEW
by: Anonymous

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Oct 27, 2011
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ACL
by: Shawanda

Hi Andy


I totally agree with you.......

Here I am 37 years of age with an ACL injury, the funny thing is that I do not play any sports or work out it was just a freak accident. I can't walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time without pain and stiffness occurring. Basically I can not do any normal activities that I used to do before the injury. My life has changed a whole lot, don't get me wrong I am very grateful for my health.

The best thing for anyone who suffered and ACL injury is to stay positive and move forward.

Sep 30, 2011
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Hello
by: Andy

Hello shawanda... I've posted on your page before but I'm about 7months out and I've gotten slightly better myself... I used to be able to play basketball, run all day long, climb etc!! Now it's stiff if I stand for a while or visa versa sit for a while.. I tore my acl in half, mcl and meniscus... But now I can only jog for a few min before it's get uncomfortable.. I can squat but if I have to get on my knees to work or even kneel on the bed or couch the pressure is immense!! Doesn't necessarily hurt right away but it does bother me... I agree I'm not "normal" anymore and curious if I will heal back so I can do my everyday activities!!!

Sep 30, 2011
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ACL Recovery
by: Shawanda

Hello everyone

12-month recovery

It has been awhile since I've last reported news on my ACL injury. Currently, I am pleased to say that I am doing ok. I'm not doing physical therapy anymore; only because my 30 visits for the year has ran out. So, I have been doing most of my therapy at home or the gym. I can now bend my knee at full extension but, I am still lacking about 2-3 degrees in bending my knee totally straight. At times I feel pain and stiffness when I'm standing for a long period of time. I still suffer from stiffness in the knee, and I'am unable to squat all the way. I no longer wear 2 or 3 inch heels anymore. My new lifestyle is flats or tennis shoes. I can no longer do what I used to do as a normal person before I injured my knee.

Can anyone tell me does this situation ever gets better? Will I ever be able to fully recover and walk without a slight limp?


I would like to thank everyone who posted their comments and suggestions on my page. Again, best of luck to all of you who have or had experienced the same type of injury as we all have.

Jun 12, 2011
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by: Shawanda

Hi Beth


Sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment....
Currently, I have been doing okay no PT my 30-dys are up for the year. Although, I still have pain and stiffness in the knee, so I'am taking 600mg of Motrin as needed for pain. My limp is somewhat getting better, I only see my Surgeon every 6-wks. I am afraid to ask for a second opinion only because I do not want to know if there is further damage within my knee. It has been 8mths now and I can not run nor play any minor sports such volley ball or tennis. I have trouble sitting and standing for long periods of time. I guess one day this all will past!!!

By the way thank you for your support and speaking out for all Women with sport injuries!!!!!

Jun 04, 2011
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by: bethyrocky

Don't give up....its easier said then done but you got to keep moving forward. I'm still having issues with my knee and pain. Since my last post, I left my 1st surgeon and went for a 2nd opinion cause i knew something was wrong. Again, don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. Another MRI was done and it was discovered my ACL patellar tendon graft was longer (laxity) than it should be and my knee cap basically has no cartilage and my bones are bruising. I'm about to start PT again 3x a week, along with a custom ACL brace, and a cortisone shot. Plus I now have Plantar Fasciitus in my right foot too. If this doesn't work then i'm going to have to have another ACL surgery to fix what the 1st surgeon did. Sooooooo....yes, it does take a toll on you mentally. I'm right there with you mamas. But, its okay to have your days when you are pissed, sad, upset, and want to kick someone with your good leg (lol) BUT....don't let it get the best of you and don't let it consume you. After you get it out then focus again and say "this won't beat me....I'll get through it." That's exactly what i do....just breathe and tell myself one day at a time. Combined with my dad having cancer and going through treatments while I'm working as a social worker, there are days when i think i will just crazy because of my leg. But...there will come a day when you will walk without a limp...when you are not in pain everyday and when your range of motion will come back. But until then, don't give up. Someday this will all make sense. And soon you'll be there for someone saying "I understand" knowing how much it meant to you when you heard those words.

Good luck mamas. = Beth

Apr 03, 2011
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by: Shawanda

Thanks for the tip!!!

Using the elastic band is what I'm currently doing at PT. To everyone that reads and comments on {Sports Injury Info.com} I'am sorry that I have not been much of a chat buddy, it's jsut that I have been busy with work and PT. My doctor has changed my schedule to twice a week instead of 5 times a week; for which is awesome to me. Although, the only problem that I'm having right now is getting that full extension back. I still can not fully extend my left knee. Sometimes when I'm walking my leg would buckle and I would fall. My flexion is great but, I still have this weakness in my quad muscle that I just can't seem to overcome. I'm somewhat mildly depressed about my temporay physical disability. It's like no one knows what you are going through mentally. My friends and family are saying "your leg ain't heeled yet" it really hurts my feelings. I did not break a bone, I tore a crucial ligament in my left knee that plays a very important role for stabilization of the knee itself. To anyone out there reading our stories, is there is any hope to my situation? Will I ever be able to be normal and walk without a limp?

Please, I'm open for comments and suggestions

Apr 03, 2011
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Knee stiffness
by: Andy

I tore my acl mcl and lateral meniscus on march 3 2011 and my doctor didn't schedule my surgery until the 31st of march... I still had a little stiffness when I went in the day before surgery. I could fully extend and I could bend it all the way ( very painful) and my doctor said unless I have full motion once I'm asleep he was only going to fix my meniscus during the initial surgery and have acl surgery six weeks later... He did say that it is very possible to have a stiff knee afterwards even if everything goes okay.... I suggest u stay with therapy.. One in particular exercise that helps my knee a lot is using an elastic band tied around something wrap the band behind ur knee and only using ur left knee bend ur keg straight... Hope it helps I do 3 sets of 10 3 times a day!!!

Feb 22, 2011
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ACL
by: Anonymous

Thanks BethRocky

Knowing that I'am not alone in this makes me feel much better. I know this type of injury usually happens to men at least 85% of the time. I'am still in PT and my ROM is now at 120 degrees after about 5mths of working hard and dealing with the pain. Although, we can't seem to get my extension to 0, right now it is about -4 on a good day. Meanwhile, I still have trouble with my left leg giving out when I'm walking are going down stairs. So far the pain is tolerable with over-the-counter meds. As the days and the months go by, I hope and wish to have full strength back in my left leg, since the surgery I've had extreme muscle atrophy above my left knee quadicep.

I have a question does anyone know where I can a find and purchase a knee brace with a medal hinge support; and one that is less bulky so that is less noticeable underneath clothing.

Feb 21, 2011
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I feel your frustration
by: Bethyrocky

Hello- just wanted to tell you that you're not alone mamas. We have a similar timeline on our surgeries. Tore my ACL in my right knee along with my lateral meniscus. My doctor DID NOT have me do any rehab before surgery. My injury was on 8/2/10, my surgery happened 8/20/10. I used a patellar tendon graft and the pain was crazy. I agree we should have done rehab before surgery so our muscles would be stronger. I've also had some difficulty getting my range of motion. I was pushing hard in PT when a complication occured. I had to have a Lateral Retinacular release done bc my patella was being pulled out of the groove...thus the pain I was in and my inability to stand long. They had to shave the back of my knee cap pretty good and clean out all the floating cartilage in my knee from all the grinding. This all took place 12/10/10. Now I'm working hard but still problems with my ROM. My calf is super tight so we are doing alot of deep tissue work but my strength is getting back. My ROM last week went FINALLY to 120 degrees. It's super frustrating and hard to be patient. But I have to keep reminding myself this wasm a major surgery. Keep working but REMEMBER you know your body better than anyone. If you feel something is wrong, advocate for yourself mamas. Sometimes these doctors/surgeons need some assertiveness in their face and a reminder that you are a person NOT a patient #.

Jan 28, 2011
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ACL
by: Shawanda

Thanks for your comment!!!!

Doing time of my ACL surgery there was about a 4 week gap before the initial surgery. My surgeon should have ordered me to do PT but she did not. I guess her perspective by looking at me, she probably assumed I was in good physical health. Wow!!! what a surprise to her. Therefore, I'am still doing PT 5 days a week, my ending result at the end of the day is 97 degrees on my back, and 100 degrees laying on my stomach with my leg bent toward my buttocks. However, I still continue to walk with a limp not being able to bend my knee straight. Going down stairs I have a hard time bending my knee, I'm afraid that I may fall again and cause more trama to my knee. Meanwhile, I'm fighting myself through the constant pain ranging from 7-10 per day.



Jan 25, 2011
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So sorry to hear!
by: Jamie

I would agree with the last post about doing re-hab before surgery. If you did not do any PT before, that was a big mistake (on your Doctor's part, not yours.) I tore my ACL on November 22nd, and had surgery one month later, December 22nd, however I had 3 weeks of PT (everyday) and had strength and full range of motion back before my Doc would even consider the surgery.

SOunds like you are active, so just keep up your PT and work through it as well as you can. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am only a month out and can already bend at 130 degrees. I believe that is only possible with the PT.

I hope things go better for you soon!!!

Jan 25, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Thanks for your comment, I really did not think about that at all!!!!!

Jan 24, 2011
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ACL
by: Adam

You know the reason why you probably were not able to achieve full range of motion is because you had the surgery too soon. It is usually recommended that the leg heal and full motion restored prior to surgery. Because you had it repaired a month or so after injury the healing process will take allot longer than normal because the muscles have not adapted to the healing process yet

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