Before I get started I'd better explain what happened...
It all started back in Feb when I was playing Netball...I was running along and then stopped dead, but being on bitumen, the foot stopped but the knee kept going, and then I heard a "pop"!
I crumpled in a heap and was curled up in a ball screaming and crying until the sports physio came out and got me into a wheelchair and off the court. He told me from what I'd told him that I'd snapped my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and said I'd need to go to a hospital.
But my Dad HATES hospitals and insisted that I wait until morning (it was 8:30pm) and go to the GP. I was then wrongly diagnosed with a "sprained knee" :roll: and sent on my merry way!
Anyway, 6 diagnoses and months later, I was walking down some stairs and my knee went "pop" and gave out on me AGAIN. This time I was taken to a hospital and was put through x-rays and MRI's and was told that...(wait for it!)...I'd SNAPPED my acl!!!
They told me to elevate it and keep it in a splint for six weeks. 3 months later, it happened AGAIN and I needed immediate surgery. *sigh*
It's now three weeks since I've had my knee reconstruction surgery, and I'm off the crutches, but still really stiff and sore and have just 85 degrees flexion in my left knee.
I'm having MAJOR riding withdrawals, and my instructor has been exercising my lease horse in the school for about 1 1/2 months now. Has anyone had a serious injury like mine, and if so, how long did it take for you to get back into the saddle again? Any tips for getting the bend/strength back in the knee and does anyone have tips for mounting, seeing has my injured knee is the one I need to actualy GET ON the horse??
Sorry for the novel!