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Rehab [torn ACL, MCL, meniscus tears]

post #1 of 11
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Hey, I wanted to hear some thoughts from the boards. My wife tore her ACL and MCL as well as two small tears in the meniscus. I was expecting the ACL tear but hoped the MCL was just a strain. She has the MRI report but we meet with an ortho on Tuesday. I know he'll give us the advice we need but I just wondered if it is possible to rehab and ski on an injury of this nature (surgery?) etc…Any experience on this site?


Edited by Beartooth - 4/27/14 at 11:24am
post #2 of 11
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Hey, I wanted to here some thoughts from the boards. My wife tore her ACL and MCL as well as two small tears in the meniscus. I was expecting the ACL tear but hoped the MCL was just a strain. She has the MRI report but we meet with an ortho on Tuesday. I know he'll give us the advice we need but I just wondered if it is possible to rehab and ski on an injury of this nature (surgery?) etc…Any experience on this site?

Unfortunately, there are quite a few Bears with experience dealing with ACL injury.  Most of the active threads are by those who did ACL reconstruction surgery.  I suggest you take a look at the EpicSki article about ACL injury (click blue for link). See what you can glean from the threads below.  Then come back with specific questions.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/92919/acl-tear-looking-for-thoughts-on-recovery-time

http://www.epicski.com/t/108804/life-after-acl-reconstruction

http://www.epicski.com/t/120528/let-the-acl-healing-begin

 

Knees are complex.  Everyone's situation is different.  The bottom line is that anyone who is willing to put in the work for PT and gives enough time for healing can return to skiing.  As much PT as possible before surgery is very helpful.

post #3 of 11

What he said ^^^

 

ACLs are quite common, you can go back to ski with or without having surgery (depends on the pt.). As long has you have a good doc and a good PT place your wife won't have many problems skiing again.

She just needs to put in the work starting now!

post #4 of 11

Some knees are stable with pt and no surgery. Some never regain stability without surgery, regardless of pt. 

post #5 of 11

Here is a thread by a woman who had a complex knee injury situation, more than just the ACL and meniscus needed surgery.

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/complete-acl-rupture.15988/

post #6 of 11
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Update: The Ortho suggested waiting 4 weeks with rehab in hopes the MCL will regenerate. The location of tear makes this highly probable. However with the ACL and 2 tears in the meniscus he suggested surgery. He felt with her knee, the injury and her involvement in sports like softball that this was her best option. My wife felt very confident in his advice and feels at peace with the decision. She has been very appreciative of the advice and guidance offered here. She read a book (along with several articles) suggested here and spoke with the surgeon about it, but he felt the damage to her knee was to great to consider those options vs her desired activities. The PCL is also torn. 

post #7 of 11
Good luck to her. I know many will disagree but I think the best way to prevent future damage and to be able to participate fully in any sports is to have the surgery.
post #8 of 11

I'm with Nancy (skier31).  Get the surgery.  Sure, rehab takes time, but she'll have a stable knee and should be able to resume all activity without limitation.  Make sure to get a good PT and follow the rehab religiously.

 

Mike

post #9 of 11
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She looked at a non-surgical approach, but with the nature of her injury it didn't seem like much of an option. The surgeon actually said her injury was "extrodinarily similar" to Willis Mcgahee's injury from the University of Miami several years ago. 

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Update: The Ortho suggested waiting 4 weeks with rehab in hopes the MCL will regenerate. The location of tear makes this highly probable. However with the ACL and 2 tears in the meniscus he suggested surgery. He felt with her knee, the injury and her involvement in sports like softball that this was her best option. My wife felt very confident in his advice and feels at peace with the decision. She has been very appreciative of the advice and guidance offered here. She read a book (along with several articles) suggested here and spoke with the surgeon about it, but he felt the damage to her knee was to great to consider those options vs her desired activities. The PCL is also torn. 

 

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She looked at a non-surgical approach, but with the nature of her injury it didn't seem like much of an option. The surgeon actually said her injury was "extrodinarily similar" to Willis Mcgahee's injury from the University of Miami several years ago. 

Best wishes for the the best recovery possible.  With all the collateral damage, makes sense that ACLr surgery is the way to go.

post #11 of 11

Sounds like she got about everything in the knee. I couldn't imagine not getting surgery with all that, best of luck. Make sure you pick out a good surgeon, I have heard some terrible stories and some great stories:) 

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