So I tore my ACL as well as grade 2 MCL and "extensive Meniscus damage" on the 1st of March.
I hung around in Canada for a while but am now back in NZ and have booked a consultation with surgeon on the 19th (earliest I could get).
What I am a bit worried about is the state of the meniscus and possibly damaging it further, Im sure the surgeon can answer all these questions but that is 3 weeks away....
My physio in Whistler convinced me that I should start rebuilding muscle as soon as it feels comfortable, so I have been all in, hitting up the bike, long walks, squats and numerous exercises. If it was just ACL I'm sure this would be fine, but I have read a bit about possible repair of the meniscus, as opposed to cutting it out, and am now a bit worried I could be reducing the possibility of repair with all this exercise?
Or seeing it is "macerated" does that mean repair is impossible?
My range of motion has come along well but now plateaued for a couple of weeks, approx 45 degrees, I cant quite get my calf to touch my thigh/hamstring....
Below is the full description from the MRI.
A complete ACL tear is present, nio residual fibers are noted to be intact.
The PCL is buckled, and intact. Mild increased signal is identified at the superior aspect of the PCL, indicative of strain.
The MCL is thickened, and heterogeneous in signal intensity, adjacent to the femoral attachment. Fluid is noted both deep and superficial to the ligament.
Trace fluid is noted adjacent to the IT band. The LCL is intact.
The extensor mechanism is intact.
There is extensive bone contusion at the lateral femoral condyle and tibial plateau. No discrete fracture line is identified, however I do believe that there is a small impaction type fracture involving the subcortical region of the lateral femoral condyle. No focal cartilage defect is identified.
A small to moderate joint effusion is present.
An extensive tear of the lateral meniscus is present, involving the posterior one third of the meniscus, extending to the meniscal root. The posterior horn appears macerated. The medial meniscus is intact.
- Complete ACL tear. No residual fibers are noted to be intact.
- Grade 2 strain of the MCL.
- Mild PCL strain.
- Extensive tear of the lateral meniscus posterior horn, and meniscal root.
- Extensive bone contusions.
If you can help in anyway it would be much appreciated.