Surprisingly GOOOOOOD so far (:

by June Lim
(Auckland, New Zealand)

I'm a sixteen year old girl and i played badminton competitively. I played almost 7 days a week sometimes twice a day. Training 5 times a week on court + interclubs and tournaments and even went to the gym.

Mid June this year during a singles match for interclub, i took a shot at the back where i put all my weight on my left leg and bent it but must have slightly twisted it. My knee gave way with a pop and i was on the ground. Apparently it looked like i was laughing but i'm pretty sure i was in pain... I was carried off court and had my knee iced. Luckily we had a physio still at the hall so i got crutches from her and she told me to just go home and rest.

I saw her the next day and she said it was possibly a MCL strain and ACL rupture. After an MRI scan and seeing a specialist then a surgeon ACL rupture was confirmed + possible meniscus tear. It required surgery and i would be out the rest of the season and maybe the next one too.

I took it bad for the first month, it felt like all that time and effort was for nothing. But eventually i got over it. I saw the physio regularly for the first month was doing exercises but got a bit lazy as it got closer to the op due to exams.

My surgery was scheduled (30/09/11) about 4 months after, due to all the waiting (swelling to go down, full ROM, appointment, mock exams etc).
On the day of surgery i was not as nervous as i thought i would be (esp after reading heaps of stories about the pain that would follow). I had to be injected 3 times because they couldn't find my veins >< but as i was given the anesthetic, one moment i was awake and the next i wasn't.

I woke up in the recovery room but still half asleep while i was given pain killers and had my blood pressure taken. I was taken to the wards about half an hour later. The nurses were lovely and regularly came in. I was really tired struggling to keep my eyes open while i ate dinner and watched rugby. My entire left leg was still numb and i had a cyro/cuff cooler over my knee the whole time and so far no pain.

The next morning i was still feeling pretty good. The surgeon came and said the surgery went well, he stitched my meniscus and constructed me a new ligament (hamstring). I was discharged but had to stay in the car as my mum was running errand and my knee started to feel a bit uncomfortable due to having it bent and without ice for a couple of hours but it wasn't too bad.

I'm now resting at home and taking a week off school.
3 days postop i was completely off painkillers.
It's now 4 days postop i am able to walk without crutches when i want to.. no sure if i should be...

So far post-op has gone A LOT better than i thought and i think it's thanks to
My very experienced surgeon (who i heard right after my surgery was a doc at a RWC match that night)

And taking very good nutritional supplements for many years (esp increased from post injury til now)

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May 10, 2015
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Dec 20, 2011
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by: June

Hey :) yeah I'm doing great. I've been going to physio and doing leg exercises regularly.. well as much as I can (not too consistent due to exams and going away for holiday). Range of motion is pretty much completely back to normal. Looking forward to when I'm allowed to run again!

Dec 01, 2011
by: Bart - Sports Injury Info

How are you doing now - its almost 2 months out from surgery - recovery going well?


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