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post #1 of 21 Old 11-23-2011, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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ACL Tear

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 going to 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

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-23-2011, 09:00 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-24-2011, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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post #4 of 21 Old 12-01-2011, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yup, so its official. I've torn my ACL and probably can't ride for 8 months :(

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post #5 of 21 Old 12-01-2011, 05:30 PM
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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 can't 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.

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post #6 of 21 Old 12-01-2011, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #7 of 21 Old 12-01-2011, 06:00 PM
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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.

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post #8 of 21 Old 12-01-2011, 06:57 PM
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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.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-01-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm def going to convince my physical therapist and/or doctor to let me ride once I get off crutches and stuff after surgery.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-11-2011, 11:01 PM
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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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