Collagen protein has really bad amino acid profile. It's essentially gelatin I think. It would be better to just stick with a good whey in my opinion, and buy some bulk Leucine and add a few grams to every shake.
Side note, has anyone used serrapeptase? I've heard that it's good for anti-inflammation but never used it. Something else to look into...
I had ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair in '95 on my right knee and a clean up job with removal of two screws in 2005. I would take a good joint supplement like Osteosport and maybe some creatine to keep from suffering from atrophy. I had quite a bit of atrophy after surgery, wish I had done the creatine while recovering. My right leg ended up being stronger in some aspects after rehab and I was back playing competitive sports in just over a year. Surgeries are a lot better these days though. Good luck, stay positive and bust ass during rehab and you should be fine. Just my two cents and I hope this helps.
Lol, I'm not here trying to see this guy GH... Or get him to use anything he does not want to. Just sharing my story about my knee. You can call it "bro-science at its best" but it worked for me.
I had basically the same injury about a year and a half except I also partially tore my mcl too! I actually waited almost six months before going to the orthopedic and for financial reasons at the time opted out of surgery so keep us posted on how you do as things have changed and the surgery is a possibility now. The doctor told as soon as the mcl goes totally I will not have a choice any way. Good luck!
^^^^ wow , it's inspiring to hear from guys that go thru all that and still lift. Right on man!
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.
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..
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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.