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Old 06-16-2010, 07:16 PM   #831
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Re: ACL Reconstruction Recovery

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I'm exactly 6 months out now and I've gently eased back into the oly lifts over the last 3 months or so. I was cleared for jogging at 4 months, sprinting at 5 months, and now I have the all clear.
Wow, nice progress. Congrats.

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Hey Guys I'm right at one year since my ACL surgery. I'm still experiencing some stiffness. Is this normal? Is it scar tissue?. Its kind of nagging..thanks guys
It depends how good your rehab program was and your followup to it after you finished therapy.

Are you continually keeping your flexibility and mobility up to par?

How's your overall strength?

It's definitely possible there's still scar tissue that hasn't broken up; it's also possible you may have a bit of minor reaggravation leading to inflammation and stiffness.

Just take some of anti-inflams or fish oil to help calm it down + some massage. Then work your flexibility/mobility up again and start strengthening properly.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:31 PM   #832
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Re: ACL Reconstruction Recovery

So glad I found this discussion! Great to read about everyone's experience, as they are all different. I am 2 weeks post-op, and feel like I am progressing way too fast judging from what I have read of other stories. Here is the brief of mine. I'll keep posted on the progress as another case and hope I can gain insight into the recovery from others.

I tore ACL along with a Grade 2 MCL tear alpine skiing 2 months before surgery. I let the MCL heal pre-surgery and worked hard on quads, hammies, gluts and calf with lifting and spin (I worked my *** off, and felt in the best shape of my life -- confirmed on a long road bike ride -- prior to surgery). I had an Allograft for the reconstruction.

I was walking without crutches on day 1. First day of PT I had 105 on my flexion, and I am now at 130 (less than 2 weeks out). I had to drive myself to the first PT visit (still on the narcotics...ooops, it was a short drive, and I'd not do it again). I lost the limp after the first week, and it is only uncomfortable to fall asleep, but no pain (not even in the am).

I know my surgeon was good, and I was in great shape going in, but this seems too good to be true so early in recovery. I am worried that I will have an issue later on. My PT says that I am over thinking it, and not to worry. Anyone else have a speedy first few weeks of recovery? I'll report back once I talk to the surgeon on Monday.

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Old 06-17-2010, 07:15 PM   #833
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Agree with your PT - I think you are waaaay overthinking this.

Continue with your fantastic progress, chalk it up to good genes and all the hard work you put into getting strong for your surgery.

Just be careful and remember that even though you feel good your body is still healing. Don't get cocky, slip and mess up all your progress with a re injury.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:24 PM   #834
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Agree with your PT - I think you are waaaay overthinking this.

Don't get cocky, slip and mess up all your progress with a re injury.
Thanks Caz! Yep, a little type-A about it Definitely not going to get cocky, and going to stick to 9 months before full impact sports.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #835
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Re: ACL Reconstruction Recovery

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So glad I found this discussion! Great to read about everyone's experience, as they are all different. I am 2 weeks post-op, and feel like I am progressing way too fast judging from what I have read of other stories. Here is the brief of mine. I'll keep posted on the progress as another case and hope I can gain insight into the recovery from others.

I tore ACL along with a Grade 2 MCL tear alpine skiing 2 months before surgery. I let the MCL heal pre-surgery and worked hard on quads, hammies, gluts and calf with lifting and spin (I worked my *** off, and felt in the best shape of my life -- confirmed on a long road bike ride -- prior to surgery). I had an Allograft for the reconstruction.

I was walking without crutches on day 1. First day of PT I had 105 on my flexion, and I am now at 130 (less than 2 weeks out). I had to drive myself to the first PT visit (still on the narcotics...ooops, it was a short drive, and I'd not do it again). I lost the limp after the first week, and it is only uncomfortable to fall asleep, but no pain (not even in the am).

I know my surgeon was good, and I was in great shape going in, but this seems too good to be true so early in recovery. I am worried that I will have an issue later on. My PT says that I am over thinking it, and not to worry. Anyone else have a speedy first few weeks of recovery? I'll report back once I talk to the surgeon on Monday.

Jaime
i was in the same situation, don't discount the hard work you put in going into surgery. keep up the exercises they give you post op too...and use the downtime to crush push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups...and eat as paleo as you can to help keep the swelling down.
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Old 06-20-2010, 03:27 PM   #836
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Good to know others are going through this too. The prelim analysis is that I fully tore my ACL and MCL. I was playing rugby, most painful thing in my life. The noises are still haunting me. Going to see a knee specialist tomorrow so I guess I'll know more after then. I'll be posting my progress as well for others to follow later on.
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:07 PM   #837
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Re: ACL Reconstruction Recovery

OK Kids.

ACL recon, miniscus stuff and microfracture surgery, 25 days ago. NO weightbearing for 2.5 more weeks.

It sucks, but there is still a lot you can do. Crutches, rolling wheelchairs, upper body - shreds the arms!
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:17 PM   #838
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OK Kids.

ACL recon, miniscus stuff and microfracture surgery, 25 days ago. NO weightbearing for 2.5 more weeks.

It sucks, but there is still a lot you can do. Crutches, rolling wheelchairs, upper body - shreds the arms!

does the leg hurt at all? Not being able to put weight on that leg is rough, I did it for a month. My foot still cracks sometimes when I put my foot down, it's a good crack though.

How good are you at pullups right now? Pullups are definitely my go-to workout since this injury.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:26 PM   #839
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Re: ACL Reconstruction Recovery

Yeh I've had some shoulder issues from rugby and oly lifting so I'm gonna take this "time off" to work on those problems as well as increase my core/trunk strength. Time to get creative! Let's hope the problem is no worse then initially diagnosed; I'll find out soon.

P.S: Where did you find those parallel bars Eileen?
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:38 PM   #840
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So went to the orthopedic clinic today and he prognosis is....well...unsure. Essentially, this doctor thinks that its the ACL and miniscus as well as a possible fracture :S. They schedule an MRI for me on the 3rd so I guess I'll find out then. I'll keep you all posted.

As an aside, I think I was using POSE crutching this morning. I think this should be examined as well by Dr. Romanov (sp?) .
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