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So on Sunday I landed wrong at my volleyball tournament and my knee freakeddd out. I went to the hospital and they gave me an immobilizer and crutches and told me to see an orthopedist, but that they didn't think it was anything more than a sprain. I was in very little pain, and didn't hear the characteristic POP of ligament tearing.
I went today to the orthpedist and he did a bunch of stuff to my knee, moving it all around, but he was having some trouble because I was "fighting" him, not letting him move my knee, which he said is a common thing if the knee is trying to protect itself. He stuck a giant needle into my swollen swollen knee, but was unable to extract anything, which means the blood has all congealed inside. He determined that I have probably torn my ACL, but there needs to be an MRI to be sure.
I can't tell you how much I hope he is wrong. I don't want surgery. I want volleyball and riding. I don't want a brace and unstable knee while I am in Australia for the whole month of January!!!!!!!
I don't get my MRI till Saturday, and don't get the results of that till next Wednesday, a whole entire week away. It's gonna kill me!
But I wanted to ask if anyone has experience with ACL tears and riding, and what I can do to ease the transition after surgery, which will probably happen in February. BOOOOOOOOOO
Yes, I tore my ACL 2X. First time was 7 yrs ago, was on crutches for about 2 weeks, did that falling off a dirtbike. Was back riding maybe 2 months after, but I really babied it. Then a few years later I fell off a motorcycle & tore any scar tissue holding it. I babied it again, was riding right away after but anything I did, my knee would swell up. I went to specialist & had the MRI. Yes was torn and doc said only surgery would fix it, they don't heal themselves. I had the graft surgery, you can't do anything for 5 months (I had it done at start of winter), in order for the grafts to heal tightly. After that I did low impact aerobics & I did ride, riding never bothered it. Then I thought I would just test out how good the knee is. I went back to full on kickboxing, plyometrics & nuts cardio. Knee is better than ever.
So I can walk (sorta) in a brace right now, the first goal is to get my leg strong enough to ditch this thing. Then I want to strengthen my muscles around my knee so I can heal as fast as possible. I will hopefully get the surgery right when I get back from Australia, I get back January 20 and go back to school the 25th, maybe I could get it like the 21st while I am still jetlagged then maybe take the first few days off school like during syllabus week. Then get all better and be perfect again!
Yup, so its official. I've torn my ACL and probably can't ride for 8 months :(
Well, it seems we are in a similar boat!
I tore my ACL back in June, and my parents didn't think that I actually had torn it, so I didn't go to the doc. In September, I went to the doctor about my knee, because it was bothering me when I tried to play volleyball (Setting middle...starting line-up...serious stuff). He just drew some clear fluid out of it and sent me to another doctor. Well, in October, I got to this other doctor and he said that I possibly tore my ACL, and sent me to a specialist. My appointment with this specialist was just this past Monday. He confirmed that I had managed to fully tear my ACL, as well as a couple other possible tears in other things in my knee. I'm booked for the surgery July 30th. They apparently need to just make me a whole new ACL. Apparently it's too damaged to graft back together or something... Followed by 6 months of recovery and physio therapy.
On the other hand, I asked all of my doctors about riding, and none of them said anything about it. Just as long as there is no twisting or anything, they said I'd be fine. I don't know why you cant ride....
For the past 7 months, I have been riding without any problems with my knee. I've been barrel racing, team roping, chasing cows, sorting cows and training horses. Along with volleyball. I bought a brace with metal bars in it for volleyball only, just to help with the twisting and such that I did do.
Really? I asked my doctor about riding and he said "Like trail riding should be fine, getting on and walking, but not cantering or jumping." But I am hoping to change his mind once I get off crutches after the surgery.
Well our doctors are a bit different. Mine was actually supporting riding because it would keep the muscles from turning to mush before and a couple months after surgery.
Riding is fine as there is no torque. In fact, my surgeon knew when my show season was over and scheduled the operation a week after I was done. Dancing was the worst, I was always limping after that & had fluid on the knee. Kickboxing? Forget it! But after the surgery, once it's healed & you build the muscle back up, it is better than ever.
I'm def gonna convince my physical therapist and/or doctor to let me ride once I get off crutches and stuff after surgery.
I was involved in a head on crash by a drunk about 3 months ago. My knees hit the dash pretty hard. Contusions still have not healed. My right knee gave out about a week after the crash. I finally got an MRI done after 5 weeks after the crash. I have a medial mentiticitus (spelling ?) tear and a high grade partial or complete torn ACL. Doctor advises I do not need surgery. I will be going into 3rd week of physical therapy. Knee still weak,but better. I have not ridden my horse since the crash. I have permission, but I am worried about the dismounting. Any ideas on the best way to dismount so I do not injure the knee worse? Thanks for any input.
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