ACL tear and surgery

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Gunny J Gunny J
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 I have torn my ACl ,left knee twice in my life First time 30 years old Second time age 46.  First time total tear ,if you did that ,your knee should have been the size of your waist the next day. MRI will tell you partial or total
    Get a Breeg OA or a Bledsoe knee brace for this ski season and get it fixed  after the season . SInce Jerry Rice is the only NFL player to really make a true comeback within a year. If you want to ski in 2018  wait till Spring.
       AFter my first ACL surgery I rehabbed 4 days A week for 16 weeks , knee was great for 16 years ,boomed tore it again and now after knee scopes  and rehabs and cortisone and  synvisc . I settled on Regenerex out of Wayne NJ, got plasma rich platletts   and stem cells and that Bregg knee brace. That got me out on the snow.
   
     
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Sick Bird Rider Sick Bird Rider
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Lots of good stories and advice here already but here is my two cents.

Long story short, in Dec. 2004, I experienced a full ACL tear and partial MCL in a skiing accident. Started physio as soon as possible and was skiing carefully in March 2005, with an off-the-shelf brace. With MD's advice I ordered a custom Donjoy brace and did not get surgery right away. By the next winter I only used the brace when skiing or snowshoeing, and though it was kind of a pain to put on, you don't really notice it.

Five years later, the knee seemed to be losing stability, so I consulted with the Doc and ended up getting ACL replacement surgery (hammy graft). Best decision ever. As others have noted, be religious with rehab but don't overdo it. Be particularly careful seven or so months after surgery, that is when you start to feel pretty normal again and are most likely to do something stupid and re-injure yourself.  If you are inclined to visit TGR forums, check out "Gimp Central" as there an annual ACL injury discussion thread.

Amusing reading regarding my surgery:

My wife's take on surgery day:
http://jonnyjay.blogspot.ca/2010/04/sbr-and-blue-toes-run-of-year-2010.html

My take on the day after:
http://jonnyjay.blogspot.ca/2010/04/when-i-woke-up-there-were-all-these.html
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marznc marznc
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I have torn my ACl ,left knee twice in my life First time 30 years old Second time age 46.  First time total tear ,if you did that ,your knee should have been the size of your waist the next day. MRI will tell you partial or total
    Get a Breeg OA or a Bledsoe knee brace for this ski season and get it fixed  after the season . SInce Jerry Rice is the only NFL player to really make a true comeback within a year. If you want to ski in 2018  wait till Spring.
       AFter my first ACL surgery I rehabbed 4 days A week for 16 weeks , knee was great for 16 years ,boomed tore it again and now after knee scopes  and rehabs and cortisone and  synvisc . I settled on Regenerex out of Wayne NJ, got plasma rich platletts   and stem cells and that Bregg knee brace. That got me out on the snow.
Disagree that the swelling is always major for an ACL rupture.  Really depends on what type of collateral damage there is to other ligaments, the meniscus, and/or bone.  The level of pain varies too.  Some people talk about lots of pain immediately afterwards while other have relatively little pain.  In my case, I was weight bearing with no acute pain immediately after injury.  I walked up some stairs and for 15 minutes back to the van my group was using for transportation that day.  The only part that hurt was the MCL sprain, which healed in about six weeks with no Western medical intervention.  I could easily avoid any pain after the first week by sticking with walking carefully with no twisting motion.

Some people hear a pop when an ACL goes, some don't.  Every ACL injury is complicated because there are a lot of elements related to how a knee functions.
campgottagopee campgottagopee
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I concur with marznc

I had no pop, no pain, and minimal swelling after I blew my knee out.

It's the craziest damn thing ---- my buddy on the other hand could barley walk due to the pain.

All my issues were post op

Never should've had the surgery. Someone on here told me that too ---- wish I had listened to him
ScottyJack ScottyJack
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Whats the big deal?  U dont need an acl to twist the throttle....  

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campgottagopee campgottagopee
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Or ski

BTW, nothing I have has a throttle you twist
BigK75 BigK75
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Hey Guys:

These were some awesome comments and I learned a lot.  I booked my MRI for next Wednesday so I will know for sure by the end of the week.  I actually rode my road bike from the advice of my physio in the basement today.  I road a solid 4.25km in 15min the max time he said I could do.  I am pretty proud of those km because I can barely walk.  They are definitely getting uploaded to Strava :) I am praying this is a partial tear and I won't have to go through surgery.  I was just about to book a trip to LP for some road biking in July when this happened.  I am hoping to still go.  

Claude
marznc marznc
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For more reading, Dr. Robert Marx is a recognized expert when it comes to ACL injuries and treatment.  He's in NYC at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The ACL Solution - 2006 book

Study identifies skiers who can be successfully treated without surgery after an ACL tear - 2013
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130206103718.htm

Assorted articles on HSS website:
https://www.hss.edu/condition-list_acl-injuries.asp
tjf1967 tjf1967
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Get the brace. And surgery get a cadaver one less surgery you have to recover from. My meniscus tear cause more pain than the acl being ripped off. I saw the Dr the morning of the surgery and never saw him again.. Well I see him at parties.
I went running the day after I ripped it I was in denial. The damage is done for the most part. Get out there and do your thing until surgery. Once you get the operation that's when you need to be careful... Right camp?
Those plug in ice machines that you wrap around your knee should be a permanent fixture in your TV room for a while.
campgottagopee campgottagopee
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Amen
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