The Trifecta

by Tim
(Sugar Grove, IL)

I am a 45 year young active male. I play basketball about 4 times a week in 3 different leagues. On Dec. 28th I injured my knee pretty bad. After a visit to the orthopedic she felt I only had a grade 2 sprain. Revisited after 3 weeks and she thought I was progressing as I should be after that amount of time. With being as active as i am I still requested an MRI. So after they told me it takes about 3 days for results, 4 HOURS later I had a message from the doc. Torn ACL/MCL and meniscus ligament. I head to the surgeon Wednesday for scheduling of surgery. As many have said in the stories above I am freaked out/nervous/scared. I can't imagine not playing ball at the same level I do now.

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Jul 26, 2015
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TRUE TRIFECTA NEW
by: Jared

Hello. My name is Jared and I was in a snowboarder vs tree collision at Keystone on November 18th. I did not initially have insurance so I waited until Dec 1st to see a doc. They thought I had only torn ACL and MCL with their hands on check but after MRI the doctors found my ACL MCL PCL and medial mensicus torn and my medial mensicus was completely detached. This is a very uncommon injury so I've been doing a lot of "prehab" to prepare for surgery. The idea is the better range of motion my knee has and the stronger I build my quad up the faster the recovery. Surgery is set for January 29th but at of my 4th physical therapy session today my knee is already at 0 degrees (fully straight) and 126 degrees (almost all the way bent). I'll be traveling 4 hours from my home just to get the surgery done right the first time. If your doctor seems hesitant for even 1 second about working on you then they are NOT the right person for your surgery. Take care of yourselves, read up on all of the information, and make physical therapy your life. I'm well aware after surgery I will be in even more pain than I was initially but I am still looking forward to it because it is the only way I will ever be close to NORMAL. Good luck everyone. I'll do my best to post after the surgery to let everyone know it was a success. One last thing. If your injury is even close to being similar to this you NEED to invest in a Polar Care unit and a TENS unit. One is for icing hours at a time and the other is for muscle stimulation to keep the quad active. They may seem like a rip off but they will make all the difference in your recovery.
Jared

Mar 12, 2012
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by: Anonymous

it should take about 6 weeks t get the leg fully straight if you keep it bent it could require anothe rsurgery because scar tissue could keep it bent in that postion.. strengthening the quad is key

Apr 28, 2010
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Complete ACL & MCL tear plus partial Meniscus tear
by: John

Very helpful to read the comments on this site - thanks everyone. Injured my right knee playing hockey on April 10th - another player fell on my shin so thigh & shin were at 90 degrees sideways. MRI showed complete tears of the ACL & MCL with partial tear of the Medial Meniscus. Doc said before he'd do reconstructive surgery I had to re-hab the knee to regain range of motion, strengthen the surrounding muscles and eliminate the swelling.

Went to physio for first time today - could only bend knee to 85 degrees inwards & was 30 degrees short of straightening it fully - too much pain to go any further. Physiotherapist wondered if cartilage rubbing against each other is causing pain. Got exercises to increase range of motion and told to ice knee 5x daily. Been limping (straight legged walk) with brace & without crutch for 2 weeks now.

Anyone know how long should it take to regain reasonable range of motion required for surgery ? I've heard 6-10 weeks. Any special exercise tips ? Its frustrating having to do re-hab before & after surgery.

Mar 27, 2010
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ACL and meniscus tear surgery
by: Mike P

Tim,

I can relate to your story. I tore my ACL playing b-ball over Christmas 2009 and had ACL reconstruction w a cadaver graft and meniscus ligament tear repair on both sides on 2/24. I was off crutches in 10 days and do without the brace for most of the day -- still baby it a little for fear of buckling the knee but it's better each day. I can straighten the knee but still have trouble with the full bend. I still walk with a limp after 4 weeks and started stationary bike but cannot do the full rotation. No pain so far. Hoping to be able to step up therapy and walk better and ride the bike. Hoping for golf this summer and biking. Maybe b-ball and tennis in 9 mos. Appreciate any comments and update on your progress.

Mar 03, 2010
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Week 3 Therapy
by: Anonymous

I have still had so swelling so I do not use any heat as of yet per instructions from the PT. She had me doing alternating 1 legged calf raises and I can do them relatively easy. Not much pain in the knee at all. I have been very lucky. If I have no reason to be on my feet I stay with my little butt on the couch and my leg up icing it 30 minutes every hour or 2.

Feb 26, 2010
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Another question
by: Misty O'Connor

Tim,
Do you rotate ice and heat? When do you ice? When it feels swollen or just all the time? Do you use a heating pad?

Thanks,
Misty

Feb 26, 2010
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by: Misty O'Connor

Tim,
I'm in sales also and have also been working from home on my laptop. That's the good thing!!

Did you ever find my story? I just got onto this site yesterday for the first time so I don't know much of how this site works. The bottom line is that I was making great progress my first 8 days and I got to 107 degree bend, but then I've completely stopped. I'm now at week 6 and can't get any further. I'm going to therapy 3 days a week and they just started me on aquatherapy which is helping my strength, but I still can't bend my leg much. I'm worried because it is always so tight and when I am trying to bend past 100 it honestly feels like acid is burning on the inside of my knee. I don't know if my surgeon got my graff too tight or that scar tissue has built up. I go back in to see my surgeon on Wednesday of next week so I'll see what he says.

Let me know if you find my story.

Keep up the amazing work and just be careful not to overdo it so soon. I've heard from several people that between week 2 and 8 that the graff is weaker than before the first 2 weeks.

Thanks,
Misty

Feb 26, 2010
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Misty's ACL Surgery
by: Tim

Sorry Misty I can not find your story. I see a "Missy's ACL Injury" but that is all!!

Feb 26, 2010
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Update #2
by: Tim

ICE ICE and more ICE. I have been to the therapist 3 times and she told me my recovery is amazing. She said whatever you are doing at home keep doing it. I sit with it elevated and have ice on it off and on ALL day. I have the luxury of being in sales and can work from home with my laptop so that has helped. In my evaluation visit with the therapist I was on at 83 degrees for my flexibility. After only a week and a half I am at 121 degrees. I am riding a bike, doing my leg exercises with 2 lb. ankle weights, doing squats and up and down a stepper. It's all about the ice!!!!!!

Feb 25, 2010
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My surgery and issues
by: Misty O'Connor

Tim,
Hello. I am a fellow athlete and also had an ACL tear. My surgery was on January 14. Unfortunately, I'm having a lot of complications and not much progress. Would you mind reading the story I posted, "Misty's ACL Surgery" and giving me some of your own feedback.

Much appreciated and I wish you continued luck with your rehab!!

Misty

Feb 19, 2010
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Good Luck With Therapy
by: Denise

Good luck in therapy Tim. I felt the same way you did after surgery (had an ACL reconstruction last year) and was beginning to question whether I'd made the right decision. I was so relieved when I found that the initial giving way in my knee post-surgery was due to weakness in the surrounding muscles and a general lack of balance on my part. A couple of months of physiotherapy made all the difference and my knee is stable again. I hope you can continue playing basketball like you did before.
Denise

Feb 19, 2010
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it only gets better
by: Bart - SII

The first few days are usually the worst, and it only gets better. Once you start therapy, you will have good days and bad ones, but overall, you will continue to improve. Don't give up, and stay motivated!

Bart

Feb 12, 2010
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UPDATE
by: Tim

Well it is Feb. 12th and surgery was Monday the 8th. The day of sugery I was on heavy meds so no issues other than nausea. Tuesday made me think the surgery was NOT a good idea. Don't give up, Wednesday was better and by Friday when I am submitting this I can walk with my brace on and can't wait to get to therapy early next week. I can bend my knee as if sitting on a chair and feet flat on the floor. They say therapy will be tough but I look forward to teh challenge.

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