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ACL recovery?

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Slipped on some snow-covered ice walking downhill in my neighborhood yesterday. Right foot went out from under while left foot stayed planted, so left knee bent more than it should. Thought I could walk it off, but when I got home a few minutes later, swelling and increasing pain commenced. Ortho THINKS some sort of ACL tear, but the screws in that knee from a tibia plateau fracture caused blurring of the MRI, so he's waiting for a radiologist report. He told me to bear weight as tolerated and use my crutches. I'll be skiing with or without an ACL this season, and MAY have a repair in the spring, but how long before I'm comfortable enough? Pain is a bit better today.
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Huge, huge variation from person to person.  I was skiing (but gingerly) again about an hour after I tore mine, and skiing aggressively a couple days later.  Other people have to be carried away...

 

edit - and good luck.  You are having a string of bad luck the past few seasons - maybe you've used it up.


Edited by mdf - 11/7/15 at 8:06pm
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Slipped on some snow-covered ice walking downhill in my neighborhood yesterday. Right foot went out from under while left foot stayed planted, so left knee bent more than it should. Thought I could walk it off, but when I got home a few minutes later, swelling and increasing pain commenced. Ortho THINKS some sort of ACL tear, but the screws in that knee from a tibia plateau fracture caused blurring of the MRI, so he's waiting for a radiologist report. He told me to bear weight as tolerated and use my crutches. I'll be skiing with or without an ACL this season, and MAY have a repair in the spring, but how long before I'm comfortable enough? Pain is a bit better today.

 

Ooof!  How does your balance feel?  When I popped off my ACL (not skiing), it took a week or so to get my proprioception reworked.  I used crutches to keep from falling for several weeks but was always able to be weight bearing.  Couldn't have an MRI right away because I was out of the country.  In my case, not that much swelling and was pretty mobile without any pain after a couple days.

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Originally Posted by mdf View Post

Huge, huge variation from person to person.  I was skiing (but gingerly) again about an hour after I tore mine, and skiing aggressively a couple days later.  Other people have to be carried away...

edit - and good luck.  You are having a string of bad luck the past few seasons - maybe you've used it up.

This is similar to my experience as well. Sorry to hear it Kneale.
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Slipped on some snow-covered ice walking downhill in my neighborhood yesterday. Right foot went out from under while left foot stayed planted, so left knee bent more than it should. Thought I could walk it off, but when I got home a few minutes later, swelling and increasing pain commenced. Ortho THINKS some sort of ACL tear, but the screws in that knee from a tibia plateau fracture caused blurring of the MRI, so he's waiting for a radiologist report. He told me to bear weight as tolerated and use my crutches. I'll be skiing with or without an ACL this season, and MAY have a repair in the spring, but how long before I'm comfortable enough? Pain is a bit better today.


Bummer, Kneale.  Take it easy for a bit.

 

What did the Lachman test suggest? Lots of looseness in the joint or a little? If lots (and maybe if little) it wouldn't hurt to get a good fitted brace from your ortho. My wife tore her ACL almost all the way, and the season before reconstruction she skied with a brace.  It made all the difference.

post #6 of 7
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Ortho tested both knees and said the injured one was a bit more loose than the other. That's when he said I probably have an ACL injury.

I have no difficulty balancing on either foot.

I've been walking tenderly around the house without crutches today, wearing a brace I've been using to ski since an MCL injury a couple years ago.

Based upon past experience with a "stretched" MCL, I'd say a lot of my discomfort comes from that spot. That's where the greatest sensitivity to touching with pressure is.

Still waiting for the radiologist's report on the MRI.
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Finally got the radiologist's report this afternoon: Tendons all intact, but stretched, the logical reason for the swelling and soreness. He also noted a major tear in the medial meniscus, which MAY be left over from my tibia plateau fracture of five years ago. So it's use as tolerated.
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