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Have any of experienced the wonder that is tearing your ACL in two?

 

I got the results of an MRI last night and I get to explore my surgical options this tuesday. Should be as fun as playing the Batman game or watching Gigli.

 

At least I will have a lot more gaming time during recovery while away from work.

 

Tore it coming of a grind rail wrong while skiing in a terrain park. The ski patrol folk call the parks "trauma" parks.

 

If Jerry Rice can recover, so can I.

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I had almost completely torn both my ACL & my MCL back in 1999. Was out of work for 6 months...

 

That completely sucked,though I did get some gaming time in & I met my other half during that span - so in the end it turned out alright. Bap, my advice is to make sure you know what your options are. Also, if there is ANYTHING that you aren't sure about & you don't feel like it was explained to your satisfaction, think about getting a 2nd opinion.

 

Best of luck!

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That sucks!

 

I tore both knees playing football (a few years apart) and had reconstructive surgery on both. It stinks. Do your rehab! I didn't and started playing sports within 4 months or so. A few years later and I was having all sorts of problems w/ my knees. I finally stopped playing sports this past winter. I will have both knees scoped this year to clean up the cartilage and maybe some slight tears in the ligaments. Then I will rehab them correctly. All because of stupidity on my part.

 

Good luck.

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Ouch! No fun there. I stretched and partialy tore the ligaments on my left knee playing hockey, I had an immobilizer on it for about a month and a half and went back to playing. Because the ligament was stretched it was weak and I was putting more weight and work on the other knee and it eventually went and tore completely. The pain was something but the noise, I'll never forget the noise it made. I was skating backwards to square myself up with the goal and I hit a rut, I fell one way and my leg went the other, it felt and sounded like someone took a piece of bubble wrap and was twisting it inside my knee. Hope you get back on your feet soon but until you do theres always Live.

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No partial here, I prefer to do things completely.

 

Bubble wrap is a good choice for sounds although I would say I heard one single POP as opposed to many.

 

Whatever option I choose will be determined by how well I can return to full activity. I am NOT giving up cycling, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, etc. That is why the "no surgery" option is not acceptable.

 

Lot's of web reading to do, that's for sure.

 

One of our local OS's is a climber/cyclist/snowboarder and another was the OS for the Tampa Bay Bucs. I think I will be aiming for one of those.

 

I just hope my HMO doesn't fight me too hard.

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I tore my right ACL totally in two playing basketball a few years back. It hurt tremendously for about 30 seconds and then nothing besides a little swelling. A couple of months later, I decided I better get a doctor to check it out...he took one look at my knee with all the fluid around it and told me what was wrong before he took any X-rays or MRIs.

 

I had surgery a couple of months later...they took another ligament from my leg, stretched it through my knee and bolted it in with a pin to make a new ACL. Amazing stuff. I did rehab for about 3 months and that was enough to get me back to "normal". I probably wouldn't have been good enough to get back into sports at that time, and I didn't.

 

I am NOT giving up cycling, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, etc.

 

If this is your goal, and those are some pretty hard sports on the knees (especially skiing), you are probably looking at a lot longer than 3 months before you are 100%. Maybe 6-9 months. And honestly, it will probably never be 100% again. I still feel a little tender if you hit me in the right spots on that knee, and get more soreness than I should from having it bent for long periods of time. I never went back to basketball, I don't want to go through all that again! I stick to lower impact stuff now.

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I tore my left ACL a few years ago from a skiing accident (note: don't mix a pitcher of beer and ski jumps). I had torn over 90% of it and had a partial tear of my miniscus (sp?). I had reconstructive surgery with a donor ligament. I had to keep my leg in a machine that flexed my leg for 8 hours a day for weeks (that's when I completely finished Goldeneye on the toughest setting). Unfortuately, I developed severe scar tissue after the surgery which restricted my knee movement to 30 degrees. The rehab to loosen aqnd stretch the scar tissue was tough and painful. In the end I needed a second surgery to remove that scar tissue. A year later I tore my miniscus again playing softball. That was my 3rd surgery.

 

Fast forward to today... I have most of of range of motion back, but not 100%. My knee stiffens after playing volleyball for a few hours, but skiing does not affect it. I'm pretty much doing everything I did before, so I'd say I'm back 100%, but my knee does let me know the trama it went though. Good luck!!

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Originally posted by iainl@Jan 12 2004, 09:47 AM

Ouch!

 

This is exactly what I needed to hear when I go skiing for the first time next week, and I'm convinced I'm going to do myself an injury already...

Make sure you take a lesson, and save the beer for after skiing, you'll be fine ;)

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Just remember not to go for big air 180 crosses your first day in the halfpipe. And don't go grinding rails to backside on your first day either.

 

Oh, and don't pretend your 17 again when your 43 :oops:

 

Shoulda stuck to dropping into chutes like I normally do. Live and learn I guess.

 

I get to have 1/3 of my patella tendon moved to where my ACl used to be and clean out some of my maniscus. Possibly end of January. The first OS visit is this friday and the scond opinion is monday.

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Originally posted by merlot@Jan 14 2004, 04:55 PM

Make sure you take a lesson, and save the beer for after skiing, you'll be fine ;)

Well, I have been taking a bunch of lessons at the local dry slope, so its just the switch to real snow on real mountains that I'm concerned about. I'll be fine, really. I really doubt I'm liable to be doing anything too dangerous...

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