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post #31 of 50
I recenty tore my acl and ur fine, u wouldnt be able to walk without it giving out and going offbalance XD
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by kapassa View Post

I recenty tore my acl and ur fine, u wouldnt be able to walk without it giving out and going offbalance XD


Totally depends on the person. And, as a previous poster pointed out, depends on whether it was a tear or a complete rupture. That makes a pretty big difference.

post #33 of 50
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Originally Posted by kapassa View Post

I recenty tore my acl and ur fine, u wouldnt be able to walk without it giving out and going offbalance XD

 

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Totally depends on the person. And, as a previous poster pointed out, depends on whether it was a tear or a complete rupture. That makes a pretty big difference.

Completely agree with DSloan.

 

I ruptured my ACL in June (not skiing).  Heard a pop.  Could walk immediately after as long as I had my leg completely straight underneath me.  If the bad leg was out to the side and I tried to put weight on the leg . . . the knee would buckle.  Had it happen twice, later that day and a couple days later.  

 

Swelling didn't start until about 12 hours after the injury.  Never got too bad.  The more noticeable swelling only lasted a few days.  I played it safe and used crutches for the first couple weeks.  Still put weight on the leg, but usually not 100%.  Having the crutches made me feel much safer in terms of balance.  I was out of the country so was not about to take any risks.

 

The MRI a few weeks later confirmed the ACL was gone and that the MCL was sprained and there was a small tear in the thick part of the meniscus.  Between giving some time for healing and good PT, I was walking pretty normally by Week 5 with ROM of about 2 to 130.  Starting on a stationary bike that week helped a lot.

post #34 of 50

always amazed on how different this injury can present itself.  I think I may have posted so forgive me but I didn't hear a thing and completely detached. could not support weight at all at first, virtually no swelling or real pain from the knee. Almost no briusing either.

 

hope all are feeling a bit stronger today than yesterday.

post #35 of 50
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always amazed on how different this injury can present itself.  I think I may have posted so forgive me but I didn't hear a thing and completely detached. could not support weight at all at first, virtually no swelling or real pain from the knee. Almost no briusing either.

 

hope all are feeling a bit stronger today than yesterday.

What other damage did you have besides the ACL?  The short term swelling I had was probably due to the MCL strain.

 

Recently discovered that the ACL has proprioceptors.  So operating without an ACL means the brain has less to go on about the position of the knee in space.  Finding that it helps right now if I look at the knee when doing something that requires effort, like straightening it completely during an standing exercise while avoiding hyperextension.

post #36 of 50

hi marcnc

 

with the proprioception gone from the ACL its all about training the other ligaments to do that job, hence the balance, wobble boards and gym ball stuff to do post injury.  Getting it operated on only helps tle stability of the knee as the graft can't do the proprioception feedback.  i found doing alot on a wobble cushion made a big difference to my balance and awareness so that once back to full sport it wasn't something that I noticed of thought about, apart from my balance was probably better on the non acl leg than the acl one!  Bon Courage...

post #37 of 50

Does your Calf get very Stiff and can't put weight on it? Its been 4 days and still have swelling, pain in the inside of the knee and the back 

post #38 of 50

Everybody's is different. I completely tore the ACL, but didn't feel any pain--it just popped. It didn't feel stable to stand on it so I got a ride down on a sled. I didn't have any pain or much swelling. Where I do have pain is actually where I tore the meniscus. YMMV--get it checked out. You can do more damage by skiing on it.

post #39 of 50
It really varies. I'm recovering from surgery this morning with full ACL tear, lateral collateral ligament tear (partial), and medial meniscus repair. I had no pop (more of a thud), very minimal swelling, and actually skied the following day on blue groomers because I thought it wasn't that bad. I had a little instability and pain the following week, but was able to walk around. My advice is to get it checked out.
post #40 of 50

 Now this is nothing related to skiing just desperate. So sorry. Its been four months since i tore my ACL while sparring. Have no idea how it tore but it just did. :(( The fight wasn't even mildly aggressive!! Had a MRI scan to confirm the tear. My doctor actually recommended surgery. But i won't be able to speak to the surgeon until this coming friday. Like WHAT??!! Read alot of post-op horror stories and was wondering if i should delay the surgery. I'm having an important exam in mid may (will have to delay my graduation for a year if i were to fail the exam) Won't be going back to muay thai or any form of sports meanwhile. I can't... I'm a female and i don't have strong quad and hamstring muscles. However it is strong enough for me to be misdiagnosed and for me to carry out most of my activities without much trouble. Still i'm not comfortable with weight bearing on my left knee after it gave out on me just recently. And now knowing that i've a torn acl and is risking damage to other parts of my knee i don't even want to put any weight on it. This is causing much strain to my right leg. Any idea if i should delay my surgery until after exam? I'm really afraid my right leg will take a toll on me if i do so, especially when i still have to continue relying on it after my surgery. Plus i haven't been able to focus on my studies after knowing that my ACL is torn and might not be able to do sports ever again if my reconstruction were to fail. ( At the rate i'm going i might fail my exam even without the operation.) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Feeling so lost now :S

post #41 of 50

can't give you help on this but it seems like focusing on the exam is more important at this point.  Sounds like the leg overall isn't too bad and speak with the OS about what he/she feels can be tolerated.  

post #42 of 50
I think that those of us who did more damage were doing sports, not just walking...and it took several years in my case. Schedule the surgery so you can quit worrying about it and concentrate on your exam. Get crutches if you need to. Obviously the doc's advice outweighs ours if he disagrees, but tell him about your schedule issues.
post #43 of 50
chan0909,

Given that you have survived 4 months without an ACL, you probably can go another two without it. Get your doc to prescribe PT to help you develop your strength. The stronger you are going into surgery, the easier and quicker the recovery will be from surgery.

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(I) might not be able to do sports ever again if my reconstruction were to fail.

ACL reconstructions are quite routine and extremely successful if you follow your doctor's and PT's instructions. It is not uncommon for athletes to push their recovery and cause problems with their repairs. Do what you are told by your surgery team; no more, no less.

My recommendation would be to start rehabbing pre-surgery, focus on your scholastics, take your exam, then have the surgery. The rehab will help you realize that you will be able to participate in sports again as well as provide a useful outlet for your tensions over your knee and studies.

FWIW, my history is:
  • ruptured left ACL late 80's,
  • surgery for meniscus, but no ACL for 15 years; started to hurt just walking at end of 15 years
  • reconstructed left ACL 2001 with patellar tendon graft; no problems whatsoever to present
  • ruptured right ACL 2002, reconstructed immediately with patellar tendon graft; developed infection, second surgery to clean wound, and recovered fully; no problems whatsoever to present

Good luck,

MR

PS My first ACL was skiing and I hear and felt the pop. I skied down the rest of the hill on one ski. My second ACL was ruptured skiing as well. Again, I felt but don't recall hearing, the pop. Both were not painful, but there was discomfort. For the second one, I knew what had happened instantly.
post #44 of 50

There is more than one ligament in your knee other than the ACL, you could have easily done damage to your MCL, LCL or PCL. Unlike the ACL, the others can heal on their own and unless you have a full tear you wont need surgery, just a knee brace and time.

post #45 of 50

I'm 7 weeks post ACL injury. I didn't hear it pop & didn't hear my ankle break either. Doc is not recommending surgery, just PT. Haven't felt any instability but it really hasn't been tested yet because of the broken ankle. Didn't have much swelling in the knee either when it happened, the ankle is another story. Don't really feel any pain in the knee except in bed at night when it throbs. During the day when I'm up & about I don't feel a thing. If I sit in one spot for an extended period of time it can feel a little sore when I first get up but it goes away quickly. The only other time I feel pain is when the therapist stretches it certain ways. A good doctor should be able to tell if you blew your ACL even before seeing an MRI. Mine told me right away which was later confirmed by the MRI.. Good Luck.
 

post #46 of 50

I completely ruptured my ACL in 2006, There was very little pain and defilitely no "pop" sound. I did feel it go but it wasnt painful just a popping sensation. I was walking around on my blown ACL for three weeks before I went to the Physio. When I got there he got me to lie on my back and put my bad leg up so the knee was bent at 90 degrees. He put his hand behind my calf and his other hand supporting the top of my knee. In a sharp pulling motion he pulled my calf away from my body at the same angle as my thigh was. If you feel a sharp stop when pulling your ACL isnt ruptured (possibly torn though) if there is a difference between the feelings when done on each leg then there is a good chance your ACL is blown.

post #47 of 50
I completely tore through my ACL and tore my cartilage skiing. It was a gentle fall but my skiis didn't come off and I landed with my leg twisted awkwardly. The pain was unbelievable - felt like I had been shot and I couldn't even think straight. It was agony!
I felt a pop when I straightened it out and had to go down the mountain in a sledge. Could walk after a few hours but couldn't straighten out. I didn't realised what had happened and played tennis a few weeks after - I collapsed and ripped my cartilage and was in great pain which lasted for a few hours. Then I went to the hospital and had an MRI which showed what I did. Now had the operation but will be a year before I can play sport.
post #48 of 50

i tore my ACL in july - been walking and biking on it. i threw it out moving furniture (duh) and then again dancing. I cant live like this! I need surgery. when I cant walk, think i can use this to get around? http://www.ecoboomer.tv/#_l_1o

post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by Wendy Whitcup View Post
 

i tore my ACL in july - been walking and biking on it. i threw it out moving furniture (duh) and then again dancing. I cant live like this! I need surgery. when I cant walk, think i can use this to get around? http://www.ecoboomer.tv/#_l_1o

 

If you have insurance, you need to go to a dr.  I didn't hit your link but the OS is really the person to give you advice here.  

post #50 of 50

I agree with @Finndog . If you experience discomfort and/or reduced mobility, you need the opinion and advise of an OS. We can tell you our history and 'advise' you, but most of us are just providing anecdotal information.

 

Case in point:

 

Depending on how bad things are surgery may be necessary to eliminate the adverse conditions. PT can help just about any ACL injury and people have been known to go without an ACL for extended periods of time. They compensate with strong muscles and changes in activity. Additionally, meniscus damage is sometimes not obvious but over time it will cause more issue than the lack of an ACL.

 

^^^ Anecdotal information. I've had two reconstructions, lived without an ACL for 15 years and had multiple meniscus repairs/procedures.

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