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    07-16-2011, 01:04 AM
Unhappy ACL Injury

Are there any people out there who have an ACL injury and still riding?

In August 2010, a horse reared over backwards on me and that resulted in me COMPLETELY tearing my ACL in my right knee.
As of right now, my leg is quite stable, I don't have many problems with it (like I can run 3 miles without is bothering me). But once in an odd circumstance it will buckle on me and give away....

I am only 16 so I have to wait until I am done growing to under go the reconstructive surgery, (they have me booked in summer of 2012).

But any ideas on what I can do to keep my leg from further injury? And NO, staying away from horses is out of the question! LOL. I do have a little brace from the drug store but that wont do to much.

I am terribly scared of falling off.... that would probably be the worst horrific pain you could imagine. Hopefully that doesn't happen!

Does anyone have a similar story or injury? I would love some advice.
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    07-16-2011, 01:18 AM
Luckily, if you're going to tear a ligament, the Cruciate ligaments are the "best" do do in; lots of people go a good while before reconstruction, a friend of mine has been without an ACL for years. It's good that you're able to be so active despite having a torn ACL. You can speak with your doctor about getting a brace for riding to minimize any damage should you fall - but it's kind of one of those things that you either accept the risk or not. The ligament is torn, you can't do more damage to it. However, you don't want to do your PCL in either, and a brace might minimize a bit of the risk.
    07-17-2011, 12:45 AM
Thanks. Ya I should look into talking to my docter more about a brace. The only thing is, arent ACL braces quite bulky? I thought they had metal? That might be a little difficult to ride with.... hopefully I can find something to help me out.

I guess it is kind of a loss/win situation here, theres a risk. But no way am I going to give up horses for a torn legament!! I loose my mind if I don't see my horse for a week! Lol.

Thanks for the reply. Its nice to know that there are other people out there that know a little about this injury. Up where I live I have not ran into anyone with the same issues...
    07-20-2011, 02:03 AM
For seven years, I had a torn ACL from a dirt bike accident, I rode after 2 months. They don't heal themselves, so I was just very careful. Once in awhile I got fluid on the knee if I overdid it, dancing, kickboxing, oddly riding was ok. Then I reinjured it again, motorcycle accident (minor), then I was getting fluid on the knee when I ran and then I was limping for days. I had the surgery, build the muscle back, now it's fine.

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