DEPRESSED: Just tore my left acl and meniscus .. now what?
- 02-28-2013, 04:05 PM
- 02-28-2013, 11:00 PM
03-18-2013, 03:38 AM
After surgery, you're on a serious time frame to get your knee extension and flexion back. Typically your doc is looking for full knee extension and 125-130 degrees of knee flexion by week 4. The advice about torqueing your knee is good advice, you will have to be more careful even when you are 2-3 months. One thing to keep in mind are the ACL re-rupture rates. 33 percent chance of rerupture after ACL repair, then it jumps up to over 66 percent, and so on. In the early phases the ligament needs time to fully heal adhere to the bone, and your knee stability will not be great for a while.
We are all weightlifting gung ho type people who will push through the pain, but now is not the time for that. Please listen to your physical therapist, he is only trying to help you, and it may seem like the things he is having you do is easy: early weight bearing through the effected limb, early motion, passive range of motion, pain control, balance and proprioception, and swelling control. Each place has about the same protocols but imho and experience I would not expect to return to higher level activities for at least 3 months. Your entire healing time may be 6 months to a year. Your meniscal tear repair will depend on what type of tear you have in there.
If you have any questions about your post operative rehab please msg me and I'll try to help you as much as I can.
03-24-2013, 01:47 AM
03-24-2013, 05:20 AM
Good work so far, props on the full revolution on the bike that is a big deal for most people. Just take your time you'll be working out and playing BB before you know it, as for now just take care of that ACL until it heals, it's going to be vulnerable til about June 14th..
PT, DPT, OCS Clinical Residency
03-24-2013, 12:12 PM
04-01-2013, 10:57 AM
I agree with everyone else on rehab. I had total knee reconstruction in 1988. Tore the acl, mcl, and icl in a football game. I was only fifteen years old. I didn't have a choice about material for surgery. They used silicone ligaments and screws to hold everything together. I had to stay in the hospital for six days hooked up to a huge machine that moved my leg for me. After release I was on crutches for 7 months. Zero weight bearing. They just removed all the cartilage from knee. I tore it up in rehab and got to play football my junior and senior years. About six years ago I tore my rotator bench pressing. Repaired and rehabbed like crazy. Four months after that tore left rotator. Surgery for that and retore it three weeks later in rehab. Fixed and rehabbed, now stronger than ever. Got bigger and stronger for years and then last October I hearniated L5 and S1 discs and tore the ligament that goes around L5. Most painful injury I had. I am almost back to 75%. Once again I give all the credit to the physical therapists. I didn't lose anything but strength this time. I think being older does slow recovery some but our body holds on to gains better.
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