The SPECIALIST'S OFFICE => Ligament damage => Cruciate ligaments => Topic started by: macker on November 24, 2008, 12:19:16 PM

Title: My experience so far
Post by: macker on November 24, 2008, 12:19:16 PM
Hello to all.
I have posted once, however spent most of my time reading the bags of information on the board.  I would like to say thankyou to everone who have posted.  The information is invaluable.  Ok, to fill everyone in.  My name is Mark, and i am 6 days post op, i had an acl reconstruction using hamstring, and i am feeling very good  ;D

I found out i needed the reconstruction in July, and immediatly searched the internet to find out as much as possible.  I stumbled accross this site, and have been an avid reader ever since.  One of the first steps i took was to begin an intensive preop training programme.  To give people a bit of background, i am 38 a PE teacher.  I play football, and also study Aikido and Tai-chi.  My intensive preop training programme included exercises to improve the strength of my quads, hamstrings, and lots of core stability and balancing.  If anyone wants a full list of what i did i have saved a log on microsoft one-note and can post.  I also took an interest in what exercises people posted on this site.  One i have not seen was the 'Peterson step' which i found really helpful.  Swimming also.

I was supposed to have my op in October, however the surgeon was taken ill and i had to be rescheduled.  This was a major knockback, as this happened about two days before my op date.   >:(
I was given another date, a month later, with a new surgeon who happened to work out of the local sports clinic.  Which seemed a bit of a result.

Well i thought i was mentally prepared, that was untill i was sat in a room outside the theatre when i started to get a bit nervous.  Then a nurse couldn't get the IV line in.  Then all i can remember was the anaesthetist getting the IV in, then waking up in recovery.  Feeling like i had been on the beer.  I was then wheeled up to my ward, just in time for some food.  I was really suprised that i felt really good.  I did take regular painkillers, and also anti-sickness tabs, and even now i am really suprised that i did not feel any discomfort.

My protocol for the last 5 days has been lying down, legs elevated, and icing 4 times a day.  Only getting up to go to the loo, however a few times i have walked without my crutches.  Which again suprises me, because i thought this may have been more uncomfortable than it was.  The exercises i have been prescribed at the moment are quad tightening (x10) and heel slides (x10) 5 times a day.  Though i probably do more.  I have my first physio appointment tomorrow at the hospital.  I am really looking forward to doing more.  My biggest problem is not 'running before i can walk' ;D

Reading all the successes on this site was very inspirational, and i too hope i can add to this.  I am so looking forward to getting back to football and aikido.  Which i stopped in July.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: queeny on November 24, 2008, 02:42:36 PM
It sounds like you're doing great!

If it makes you feel any better, I started back at taekwondo training at 3 months. I started just with the fitness stuff and upper body techniques, then patterns and lower body techniques, then I added padwork, then non contact sparring, then finally, semi-contact sparring. It's been 5 months today today for me.

I had to start back at TKD really. At about 3 months I lost all motivation for my rehab exercises and I just couldnt bring myself to carry on. Now I'm swimming 3 times a week and doing taekwondo up to 4 times a week and it's going great!

My problem has also been "running before I can walk" but you can definitely get there. So far it's not been anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be but actually, I do still have a fair way to go. I'm able to do taekwondo because of the sports specific training I've been doing, but I couldnt go out and play a game of squash, for example, without doing at least 2 weeks specific training for it. Before the op, I could just go out and do it!

Do let us know how you get on :)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on November 24, 2008, 08:00:02 PM
Hi Macker
so glad you decided to post up your progress so far.  Its very reassuring to find that you are doing so well.  I will be having my the same Op as you on 5 December, and like you have been reading the posts on here and benefiting from all information that everyone shares.  Did you have your Op on the NHS and how long did you stay in hospital?
all the best for your continuing recovery

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on November 24, 2008, 09:18:14 PM
You sound pretty good here! Thanks for posting again. Feel better.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on November 25, 2008, 12:06:37 PM
Hello all.  Just an update.
Thanks for your reply Queeny, hello, i may be able to get back to Aikido after 3 months, i will just have to concentrate on straight line stuff, and maybe just weapon work and not throwing people.  A goal i have set myself is 6 months back on the mat!  However thanks for your experience.  I started my martial art journey in TKD.
Nellsa, hi, yes i was nhs, in Basingstoke - Hampshire, i was in overnight.  Though today at Physio i met a lad who had to stay in two days.  He didn't feel too good when he woke up.

Which leads me to my first physio appointment today, 7 days post op.  My ROM was 110, which the physio was pleased with.  She told me a normal knee is 130.  I have been given more exercises to do.  Wall heel slide (x10) and quarter squats (x10). i  One thing that i have noticed, and starting to take heed of, is that everyone is different.  Different how they react to the op, exercises etc.  Lots of people have said it on this board.
I am now waiting untill next Tuesday (2nd December) to see the surgeon, and have my dressings changed.  I have lovely bright yellow bruise on my shin.  I so want to get rid of my crutches though. 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vts69 on November 25, 2008, 12:19:12 PM
Hi Macker,

Sounds like you got yourself into great shape for the op, and sounds like you're starting a great recovery - keep up the good work and let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: feeny on November 26, 2008, 01:40:46 PM
Great start Macker - keep it up!

I used to ice 6-7x / day nad kept that up for a few months - I rehabbed hard - as Im sure you are - and I dont think it did any harm - basically 20 mins every two hours, front and back at once, I used to big flexi ice packs to do the job.

With regards to your exercises - why dont you add them to this thread:

Keep us posted on your progress!

I took up FMA at about 6 months post-op I think - and then moved onto intense blade work (Amok!) - knee was good for it - although I wasn't game enough to start taking full contact thigh kicks and asked my training partners to go easy on the leg kicks.

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 04, 2008, 10:01:58 AM
Hello to everyone
i hope you are all keeping well.  Well this is week three post-op.  I visited the surgeon on Tuesday, i had my dressings removed.  I have some very neat and clean scars.  The biggest one under my knee cap is still abit tender.  Also at times i get like an electric shock feeling running down my quads.

I have been walking around without my crutches, my knee feels quite 'tight', going down stairs is harder than going up.  There are times when i totally forget that i have had an operation and turn suddenly or walk longer steps.  My knee then lets me know, it feels like its going to give way.  I may just use one crutch when i'm out in big crowds. 

The physio gave me another exercise, side steps (x10).  I asked if i could use a fixed bike and go swimming.  I was told no.  This bit is starting to get real frustrating, i so want to do much more. 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: feeny on December 04, 2008, 09:48:39 PM
What does the OS say about fixed bike and swimming?

I was ok for fixed bike ASAP after surgery - but it took me two weeks or so to be able to do it.. and I was cleared for swimming after about 3-4 weeks - mainly to make sure the incision wounds had healed and minimize any chance of infection.

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: Jon W on December 04, 2008, 10:45:20 PM
Hi Macker,

I think we must have had surgey at a similar time - I'll be 3 weeks post-op tomorrow. Also had a hamstring graft and can relate to some of the things you mention.

I had my first out patient physio appt. this morning, which gave me more focus on what i need to achieve. I'm struggling slightly on extension so will be working to improve that. My physio encouraged to be less protective of my knee and to work it to ensure good range of movement. I gained confidence when she mentioned i will not damage the graft when pushing for the extension. Since the op i had been placing weight on my toes when walking but she really encouraged me to put more weight on the heel as i walk. My knee feels pretty tight still, especially when i wake up but i hope will improve with exercises and time.

Around the house completely off crutches and when outside have been taking one crutch. Agree that walking down stairs is harder than going up!  Hope that i can be on a static bike in a few weeks time but not yet discussed.

Be good to keep in touch over the coming weeks / months to share the experience and for moral support!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 05, 2008, 12:52:05 PM
I forgot to add that my my ROM was measured.  With knee flexed it was 125 degrees, which again was an improvement.  However when extended it was -3 degrees, which she said may have to be corrected next week if no change.  I also went a bit silly with walking around and driving and sitting normally.  The result was that by the evening my knee had swollen up quite a bit, which worried me and put me on a bit of a downer :(

Hello Feeny, how are you keeping?  When i asked about the cycling and swimming she just said not yet, and gave me the stern look.  I will obviously ask again next week, and also a possible reason why not.  My wounds seem pretty clean and healed.  I suppose they have their protocols.  I have set my own little circuit up, old school sit ups and press ups.  I love my core-stability, however not sure about getting back on the ball. 

Hello Jon
i had my surgery on the 18th November.  I really want to push ahead, before surgery i was in the gym four times a week, and also swimming.  Its starting to hit me what a long road this is going to be.  I'm way from patient!  It will be good to help each other.  This site has a lot of nice people who have been there, and lots going through it.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 18, 2008, 01:58:25 PM
Hello to everyone, i hope you are all well, and prepared for xmas. 
It is week 4 post op, and all seems to be going well.  At physio today my flexion was 133 degrees, however extension was -3.  Exercise wise things are going in the right direction, i now have a small circuit to complete ;D
These include Towel stretches (to get my extension to 0, the physio does not seem overly concerned that this is not yet), lying on front knee bends (once easy i can start adding ankle weights), lunges, calf/hamstring stretches, up and down on toes (2 leg and 1 leg), sitting knee bend with band resistance and extend with resistance, balance on a wobble board, wall squats, star lunge, BIKE  :D, 1/2 bridging. 
I was getting really frustrated at the minimal amount of work i was doing, and now i am looking forward to pushing on, a bit!

I got out of my car the other day, in a bit of a hurry and started to jog, then i realised i probably shouldn't be doing it :o so i slowed down rather slowly, it felt good.  No swimming yet, she told me another 2 weeks and then i can.  I can however do my exercises till the muscles fatigue.  I'm glad i'm at 4 weeks.  My next little goal will be swimming, in 2 weeks.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on December 18, 2008, 08:54:45 PM
Hi macker
sounds like things are going really well for you.  I liked reading about your list of exercises that you are doing now.... I'm two weeks tomorrow since my hamstring ACLR (same as you- see my posts under anyone else ACL on 5 December) and am definitely missing the mobility factor.  I didn't have a brace/immobilizer at all - did you?

keep well

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: sheilaw on December 18, 2008, 10:25:59 PM
Hi, my 15 year old son had acl reconstruction on tues 16th. Still unable to leave hospital as he can't bend his knee to 90degrees. His knee seems very tight & swollen but no one has mentioned using ice packs. We feel we have lost a day as yesterday he was dizzy & sick probably from the morphine! He's able to use crutches but failed the stair test as he was in too much pain. Hopefully he will be a little better tomorrow!! Has anyone any tips for him
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 19, 2008, 10:27:27 AM
Hello Nellsa.  I dont have a brace/immobilizer.

Sheilaw, sorry  to hear about your son.  I hope he recovers, however i am sure he is in a really great place, getting great care and attention.  All the best. 

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on December 19, 2008, 10:54:37 PM

I am so impressed with how much you can do at 4 weeks post op!
My knee is so swollen is extremely hard to get it to bend- I can do it, but only a few times and then it hurts to much.
(8 days post op)
The fact that you are so much so quickly is amazing!
Keep up the most excellent work here!

Love that your little one calls you PegLeg!!! Too funny!
ARRRR!!! ARRRRR!!! Avast yee Maties!!  ;D ;)

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: sheilaw on December 20, 2008, 04:43:56 PM
Hi Mark  Scott my son is out of hospital now after  passing all the tests! He's coping very well with his exercises. Its very encouraging to read everyones experiences. Hopefully his only problems now will be boredom!!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 24, 2008, 09:41:01 AM
Well i thought everything was going really good.  Since my last visit to the Physio i had set my self a little circuit.  In my circuit for a few of the exercises i adjusted them and performed them as 3 sets of 10 reps with a minutes break between each.

 Well the first day it seemed ok, however by day 5 i had a lot of swelling above my knee, and a lump where the vastus lateralis goes under the knee cap.  Which worried me alot.
I did hijack someone elses thread, the one on swelling, to find out what to do.  Though the only sensible thing was a days rest, with RICE protocol.  Well the swelling has gone down.  What should i do now with my circuit?  Just do 1 set each day for a week?  Have a days rest between each circuit? 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on December 28, 2008, 02:49:48 PM

You seem right on target with your physio- I'm so jealous of your 133 degree flex!
I believe our types of injuries are going to be on and off with the swelling for quite some time.
The more exercise we do the better we get, but our bodies respond with swelling, so we need
to rest and ice them again as needed for a long time yet.

Some people will have cronic swelling I think and then others won't.
My husband's friend has had two ACLr's (both knees) and swears that it's just 6 months of intense rehab and then
her knees feel like nothing ever happened to them!

Hopefully, we will be just like her!
Keep working at it- notice small improvements and be happy!  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 28, 2008, 11:48:45 PM
Hello Dancer
you are spot on.  Sometimes i forget what has been done on my knee.  I'm still going to keep pushing it, but i will always remember RICE.  Which has brought the swelling down and i'm exercising again.  I walked to the shop today, it's about half a mile.  I've done it on a couple of occasions before, and i would get this ache from just below my knee cap.  I guess where they drilled through in my Tibia.  Well today i walked there, slowed myself down, and it didnt hurt. 

A small improvement.  Thanks for your words.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on December 29, 2008, 05:17:12 PM
hi macker
just been reading through your posts again, and as always I've found your words really helpful.  With you just being a few weeks ahead of me, and same NHS hamstring graft, its really interesting to see the ups and downs, good and difficult bits.  I was just looking at what you said about stairs, as at 3 weeks post op I'm still finding it hard going up let along coming down!  Good also to see when you were able to get on static bike.

I don't feel such a baby now about my reluctance and lack of confidence when going out with the elbow crutch as you mention it too (though I think you've been braver than me).

thanks again

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 29, 2008, 11:29:18 PM
Hello Nellsa
its really good that we can read each others words, and gain help from them.  That is what first drew me to this board.  I have already made some new friends at the acl clinic i attend, ones i guess i am with for a while, like the people on here, Feeny - Fergie - Dancer and yourself.  I am so jealous of the ones who are running.  I am also lucky that i can do alot.  I did work really hard 14 weeks pre-op in the gym, so some of that is paying dividends.  I also can not wait untill i can swim, and begin some form of aikido and football training.

A kind word for you though, braver is not always wiser!  Confidence is a big thing in life, it is sometimes the difference between winning and losing!

Physio for me tomorrow morning at 8, yeah!

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on December 29, 2008, 11:50:28 PM
Macker- have fun and enjoy physio! For me, it just feels good to move my muscles again!

Tibia discomfort- my tibia didn't bother me at all until a few days ago- (where they drilled) and
I asked my PT about it today- she said that the body has natural 'numbness' from the surgery and that as
we gain more feeling back, we will experience new sensations almost daily- it's a good sign, as it means we are healing!

One day at a time! ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on December 30, 2008, 11:21:02 PM
Hi macker
how did your physio go this morning? hope you got some interesting additional exercises to do - something which stretches you just a little bit must be great !  Its good you've got an acl clinic with others in the same boat - I think I would like that too, so I'm going to ask my physio at the hospital next week if they have got others rehabbing too.  I know that when I went for hydrotherapy after my injury, there were six of us in the pool with a wide range of injuries, ages, and backgrounds, but it was a great support (and quite fun too) .... and strangely social if you know what I mean.

Like you I did a lot of pre op work - had to really as my leg was such a mess after the injury - and I'm missing the cross trainer most of all at the moment , and the bike.   On my thread earlier I mentioned to dancer49 that I'm trying to find some exercises that will eventually help with pivoting, turning and twisting  (not that I intend to do anything like that for 6-9 months or to whenever the OS says I can.  But my passion is Salsa dancing and I really want to work with my physio to design an exercise programme that will help with those sort of movements.    What do you think?


Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 31, 2008, 06:10:13 PM
Nellsa, go for it young lady. 

To all  have a great 2009, lets hope the rehab is great, and so is the healing. 8)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on December 31, 2008, 08:46:59 PM
happy new year macker
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on January 07, 2009, 02:42:56 PM
I went to the gym yesterday.  3 sets of 10 full squats, just with a 20 kg barbell.  Also did some deadlifts, again 3 sets of 10 with a 20 kg barbell.  2 mins rest peiod between each set.  Also did a few sets of Peterson steps.  Knee felt good. 

I went swimming today, 15 mins of front crawl, i was shattered, and also got tight quads!  Knee felt good though, a bit swollen.  However i exercised and was out of breath  ;D
Great feeling.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on January 07, 2009, 11:12:28 PM

" However i exercised and was out of breath Great feeling. "

oh lucky you macker ....

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on January 08, 2009, 12:13:10 AM
Wow! Squats! You are doing well Macker!!!  :)
I haven't done any yet, but on Friday they may add them to my routine-
I'm jealous of your squats! LOL!

I can totally understand you being out of breath though after swimming-
it takes a while to build up stamina again- I get exhausted so easily now-

You sound like you are right on schedule here - I'm looking forward my
my own 'out of breath' moment!
Very happy for you!! ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on January 08, 2009, 04:21:10 PM
The physio told me off for doing the squats, with weights, and also the deadlifts.  My usual physio, an attractive :-* young lady, was at a meeting, so i had someone else.
I was given a lecture, that went along the lines of the graft dies off, and you'll be putting too much strain on it and there is a risk that you may cause damage.  Time to back off he said, he also said i will get plenty of time to build the strength up.  He also told me there are no shortcuts, and cited an example of a professional footballer who came back too early and has had problems continually ever since.  No football for a year.  I didn't really want to hear it. 

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: fergy on January 12, 2009, 06:55:28 PM
What are you at now, 7-8 weeks?  If so, I'd say your substitute PT had some good advice for you.  In addition to what he said, you're also setting yourself up for tendinitis doing too much on weaker muscles.

I'm sure many of us know all too well about the temptation to pile on the weights when you can finally start doing some "real" exercise again.  But remember, slow and steady wins the race.  This is my mantra every time I'm tempted to do too much  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on January 12, 2009, 07:04:55 PM
Hey Fergie (are you the black eyed peas one!?)
i'm 8 weeks post op.  Ive never ever been able to do slow and steady, and everytime i hit a little milestone i push it.  I took my youngest girl to a party saturday, and we were running late.  So we were running there from the car par, very silly considering the cold weather and the ice!

I will try and remember your mantra, thankyou.

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on January 16, 2009, 02:12:25 PM
It is 8 weeks post op, and this week at physio, i was given another set of new exercises.  I was reading in Dancers thread she mentions that the time post op flies.  I would certainly agree.  My flexion was 137 which i was really pleased with and my extension was at 0, which again i was well pleased with.
I have also been given a new circuit to do, it includes Leg press, hamstring curl, slow step ups and slow step overs(mentioned in fergies article on eccentric and concentric), quick heel flicks , single leg dips.  I have started doing these exercises as 2 sets of 10 reps, usually with a minutes break between, and i have had no adverse reaction (swelling).  Twice a week i am also swimming for 15 minutes.

  I have ommited the leg press and hamstring curl, and replaced them with Full squat and deadlift, both with a barbell (20kg).  My reasoning behind his is with the extra workout the stabilisers of the knee get using free weights rather than fixed weight machines.  Oh and i can jog on a trampette!  Which looks rather stupid but is cool.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on January 19, 2009, 12:08:09 AM
WAY TO GO MACKER!!!!!! You are rockin' along!
'Nice Extension baby!' :o ;) :D
Enjoy the new exercises!!!
I'm jealous about the trampette! I'm not there yet!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on January 26, 2009, 04:52:18 PM
Halloooooo! Macker...where are you????
How's it going????
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on January 26, 2009, 09:41:48 PM
Hey Dancer
its all good i think.  I cant handle the slow, slow.  So been pushing it a bit.  No swelling, just aches a bit.  Oh and my hamstring and calf have felt like someones tugging on them the physio thought i had been doing too much quad work.  So i rested the weekend, RICE and stretched.  Which has worked. 

My major pain(an ache) is on my shin, where the longer incision is.  It is still quite swollen, so my Physio suggested massaging it. So i have been.  Just getting really frustrating, but in 2 weeks it will be 12 weeks.  I'm hoping i can run.  Fergy says 'slow and steady wins the race', but i'm very bad at doing it :( Pretty sure he dreads me telling him what i've been doing, so i dont.  Sticking pretty much to the protocol, maybe doing a bit of core work he doesn't know about, and gone back to my Taichi classes.  My partner keeps threatening to tell!

I'm still off work, i work as a PE teacher at a local college, and i also Coach Football.  The surgeon wants to keep me off for 6 months, but i'll go mad(going/gone).  So i have an appointment Feb 17th, and i hope to negotiate going back on light duties.  Way too much time on my hands.

Thanks for asking  :-*, i keep visiting here and i'm glad things are going well for you.  Was well made up about the whole forgetting about the knee episode, i'm trying.


Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on January 26, 2009, 10:00:08 PM
Glad you are still improving!  ;D
Funny- you do extra and need to lie to PT and OS about it!
DOH! NO! Tell them what you are up to buddy! I'm with your partner
on that one!

I was surprised to hear that your OS wants you off for 6 I re-read your
case...hamstring recon...I know these take longer to heal, like the patella ones...I'm an
allograft girl that might be another reason I'm moving so swifty-
But 6 months does seem a tad excessive...UNLESS they are taking your personality
into consideration here.

As a PE teacher and football coach, and Tai naturally want to go to the max...
you are a 'full on' sports guy and maybe they NEED to hold you back until you are fully healed because they know when they give you the 'green light', you are gonna be a 'bat outa hell!' LOL!
 ;D :o 8)

My PT and I are just beginning to work on my shin scar, and it still has the most feeling in it too...
my PT said today to be gentle with that area as it does not have any 'fat pad' underneath...and the area has a tendancy to swell a bit- so be careful in this area.

I'm with Fergy on the slow and steady wins the race bit...if you over may end 3 steps back like my OS says...we all knew this was going to be a long slow recovery...we did our homework...there must be a reason they are telling us to move slowly...

I think you are doing fine though- you seem to be listening to your's a narrow line we are walking- with the need to do recovery exercises and needing to push a bit to get to the next level at the same time not 'over do'...Hang in there- and hey- do lots and lots of upper body!!! :P ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on February 08, 2009, 10:55:53 PM
Hey Dancer, i've  been doing some upper body.  My little girl has commented on my Moobs!

Its week 13 now, and due to the heavy falls of snow i have not been to see my physio.  So i am itching to get running ( i was told that possibly 12 weeks i would be running.  I have however been out doing lots of walking in the snow and ice. Its been the worst falls of snow for over 20years.  The walking on ice and snow has been pretty nervy.  However everything with my knee has been good and stable.  I did risk sledgung a couple of times, on a pink blow up rubber ring.  Untill my little girl told me off.

Ive been pushing things at the gym, 15 minute swim followed by 15 minutes on the bike and then a light session on the weights squatting, and deadliflifts.  The knee ached a bit the next day, however i have no swelling issues.  I'm so hoping i can get running.  I've put on a bit of weight.

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on February 13, 2009, 05:58:28 PM
I'm allowed to run, in straight lines, and also jump (box jumps)  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on February 13, 2009, 06:50:57 PM
Jumps! Exciting!!!
Good for you!!!!

I was hoping to be jumping at 13wks out, but with my locking issue, my pt has been pushed back a tad- oh well.  :P

Good to hear you are doing well!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: Jon W on February 15, 2009, 05:04:09 PM
Macker good to hear of the progress. Am around 13 weeks also and hoping to able to jog when i attend physio tomorrow.

The recent ice we've had was pretty un-nerving!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on February 15, 2009, 10:54:38 PM
Hey Dancer.  There is another man in my acl rehab class, he had fallen and his knee had swollen up.  He had also lost some extension.  It had set him back two weeks, it wasn't nice seeing him watch me as i started running and jumping exercises, and he went back to some basic exercies.

Hello Jon.  Hope you get running.  My knee felt sore two days later, probably due to the fact i had to walk around London the next day as wll.  However no swelling, which to me says all is good.  The recent weather was pretty un-nerving, but my knee held firm, which again was pleasing. 

Good rehab to everyone.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on February 17, 2009, 09:35:45 PM
Well today i went to visit my surgeon.  For a check up.  I left the hospital feeling on top of the world.  He ran a few tests, Lachman.  He also did one with the leg fully extended?  However he was very happy.  He was also very happy with my muscle bulk gain, and he also said how well i had been doing in physio.

He has allowed me to go back to work, i am a PE teacher.  On lighter duties.  He also commented that i may, if my rehab continues be back to competitive sport at the 6-8 month mark.  He discussed the biological factors about the graft not being 100% untill the year, however commented that due to me being able to builld my muscles up quickly this may be a possibility.  He went on to discuss he had been part of the team working with Chelsea Fc.  This was great news, however my time scales have put the new football season for me starting at 10 months post op.  A time i will probably go for.  However i may hit the Aikido mat (literally when i get back on it!) around easter.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on March 18, 2009, 07:10:58 PM
15 weeks post op.  The time has flown by.  My new exercise protocol includes forward and backward running at 1/2 and 3/4 pace.  I have also been running figure of 8's, and trying to sprint in between. ;D

In my weight sessions i am squatting 40 kg, and deadlifting 30 kg.  The muscle wastage is very very clear to see on my VMO.  I do have some very weird clicking noises coming from my knee, that my pt thinks is to do with my knee cap, and will disappear one i have built my strength up again.  I have also been kicking a ball around, when i take my football team for coaching.  Although i have not really put my foot through the ball yet, everything seems good.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on March 20, 2009, 07:20:04 PM
Hi macker

good to hear that things are going so well.... like the idea of some running !  I'm doing OK too at my slow but sure protocol programme.  I'm going to ACL clinic twice a week now and see some of the guys pounding away of the treadmill.  The physio told me they have been going for 9 months.... I like to see other peoples' progress... makes me feel I will be there one day too

good luck

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on April 02, 2009, 07:18:33 AM
Found an interesting article on bone tunnel healing after acl reconstruction.  I was wondering how long it took for this area of the proceedure to heal up.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vinnic on April 02, 2009, 10:26:14 PM
Interesting article.  Thanks for posting.  Glad to hear your rehab process has gone so nicely.  It helps us newbies! 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on May 03, 2009, 08:42:08 PM
Just as you think things are going really well :o
My rehab protocol at the moment is as follows. (i'm 6 months post op 18th May)
Sunday, 20 minutes Fartlek training.

Monday 3 sets 8/10 reps 40 kg squats.  3 sets 8/10 reps 25 kg rumanian deadlifts.  3 sets 8/10 poliquin steps
Tuesday Physio.  Forward/backward/side to side/ running, figure of 8's, 1 leg hopping a long a line, 180 degree jumps, jumps from a height.
Wednesday rest
Thursday 20 mins of swimming.
Friday repeat of squats, deadlifts, steps.

Well then i went on holiday to vegas, for two weeks.  Came back, snuck a sneaky session of football in at the academy where i coach( the knee felt extremely good), and in my gym session forgot what weights i was using and ended up doing a 3 set rep of 55 kg (15kg more than i should lift).  Well i woke up saturday and my knee was swollen, and felt like it did just after surgery.  Really tight.  Well i went through saturday, not doing much and feeling pretty down, up untill now things had been going really well.  It was only today that i remembered to go back to basics R.I.C.E

I have physio on tuesday morning.  Probably just panicking, but i'm pretty sure i just lifted to much (full squats as well, hammys covering calves), added to the fact i swam breastroke for the first time in my swimming session.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on May 20, 2009, 07:53:23 PM
The R.I.C.E treatment worked a treat (never forget the R.I.C.E) and i brought the swelling down.  So it was back to rehab.

 I have now been given the all clear to do ball work in football, but still no contact stuff.  I have also been given the all clear to get back on the mat in Aikido, however i am only able to do kata like movements, and weapons work, so no throwing stuff. 

The physio is still reluctant to let me play proper football untill the year, but again he has hinted that i will start pre-season in July.  Someone on here once told me that this race (rehab) is not a sprint or middle distance race (fergie/feeny), i'm starting to believe them :o.  i'm still trying to push it though ::)

Good rehab all.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: bailey23 on May 20, 2009, 09:12:47 PM
This post has been a really good read, nice to see all your hard work is paying off and that you are knocking down all those barriers in good time. Reading this has gave me alot of hope and told me that if I take the rehab seriously I should be able to return to football even fitter than I have been for the last few seasons :D I can't wait to start the recovery now. I just hope I have a smooth surgery without any complications so that the rest is on me. Good luck with your rehab and hope to hear you start pre-season in July. I should be in for my aclr at some point in July so I hope to be at the stage you are now towards the end of next season. Would love to pre-season next year :D

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on June 03, 2009, 07:03:45 PM
Keep rehabbing hard, and safe John ;)
I'm just leaving for my first aikido class since my op.  I'm very nervous :o
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on June 04, 2009, 07:23:01 PM
For those who dont know what aikidos like this is a link to some videos
Well i managed 1 hour 30 minutes of practice.  The knee felt nice and secure.  i was very conscious of moves that required me to slide in right footed and pivot with all my weight on it.  It stood up well.  It became sore towards the end of the lesson.  However i iced it when i got back.

As the next day wore on it became sore again, mainly at the main incision site.  however i have iced it when i got back from work.  Ive also managed to find a nice little tool for icing i managed to pick one up on ebay for £14.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: JoH on June 06, 2009, 10:00:39 AM
Hi Mark

good to read about your experiences and thanks for the link ''   and although I'm guessing I've got titanium screws will make me ask my OS next time I see him!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on June 19, 2009, 07:04:17 PM
Last Tuesday i attended my last physio session, my rehab has been going really well and the physio has told me he no longer needs to see me.  So i celebrated by giving my knee a hard workout at Aikido, and even better news, was there was no swelling.  Just a bit sore the next day.

I also have an appointment with my surgeon on Monday, i'm hoping to be given the all clear to start preseason football training, in about three weeks.  I'm getting really excited 8)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on June 22, 2009, 07:42:14 PM
Today i visited the surgeon, and i was discharged.  I was also given the all clear to go back and play football. I was told to take things steady, and not expect to last a full game yet, but pre-season begins tomorrow night. ;D 8) :-*

Keep rehabbing hard everyone ;)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vinnic on June 22, 2009, 09:41:01 PM
Great news Macker!  Congrats on making a full recovery.  Best of luck with your return to sports.  Take care and thanks for your posts here.  They've been very inspiring. 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on June 25, 2009, 06:58:13 PM
Hey vinnic
one of the reasons for posting was bacause i first used the forums and found the successes inspirational.
My first football training session went very well.  I lasted longer than i probably should have done.  i stepped out of the full size game at the end.

My knee was totally stable, however started to ache towards the end.  Swelling has been minimal, just sore, particularly at the main incision site, it feels like someone has hit me with a bat there.  Oh and my hamstring, where my graft was harvested is very tight.  Was a great feeling ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on July 09, 2009, 10:23:23 PM
I have just finished my third football training session.  In this session i ended it, after an hour by playing in a 9 a-side practice game.  Everything was good, the knee felt fine, and stable.  The soreness in the recovery is easing, and this week i have also added two days of strength training.

The first training session wiped me out, and i was not able to do any other training for a week, the second session, i managed to add a leg strength training session in.  Hoping that i'm also able to add leg strength training in early next week.  First pre season game is in a few weeks! ???

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: miss_sporty on July 11, 2009, 07:43:22 PM
Wow sounds like you are doing really really well! Congratulations on the return to training hope it all continues to go really well and good luck for pre season! ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: Chach007 on July 12, 2009, 01:32:36 PM
Nice one Macker I'm using you as my icon to follow  :)  I'm currently at 13 wks post aclr hammy and am hoping to return to football/soccer sometime in the new year.  I tried jogging on authority of physio last week and couldn't bare the pain on the inside and inside above area of my knee.  Was told to stop and am now concentrating on more strength building.  Can you remember what jogging was like when you 1st tried and was pain bad also?  Thanks mate.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on July 12, 2009, 04:01:17 PM
Thanks Miss Sporty, i went to the gym this morning and did some leg strengthening work.  Two days after football training.  A great milestone.

Chach, there was a lot of pain to begin with, in the same areas you describe.  When it got too much i stopped, however i continued.  I would say the last two weeks i havent really felt the pain.  It has got sore towards the end of the practice match on Thursday.  Definately work on the strength.  When you have built sufficient strength, work on plyometrics.  Keep going  ;)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vinnic on July 12, 2009, 04:39:44 PM
Macker, did you work on plyometrics at physiotherapy, with a trainer/coach, or on your own? 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on July 13, 2009, 07:05:53 AM
Hello Vinic
The physio started me off with plyometric work. Some simple jumping exercises, squares, 180 jumps, then one legged hopping.  I'm still working on my quad and hamstring strength, and will attempt some hurdle work this week. I'm also still trtying to give my knee a daysa rest between workouts.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vinnic on July 13, 2009, 04:10:03 PM
Thanks for letting me know Mark.  The only reason I asked was because it seemed like most posters here started some simple plyometrics while still in physiotherapy.  My PT mentioned it awhile back, but really hasn't given me anything yet in that area.  She did have me start bouncing on the mini-trampoline just last week, but also talked about getting ready to discharge me soon!  I was starting to wonder if she'd really give me any more or not, but she surprised me this morning with some simple jumps forward and backward.  She also talked of adding side to side and squares in the next few sessions depending on how the knee felt.  Needless to say, I was relieved about that!  So, thanks all the same and hope your training continues to go well.     
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on July 23, 2009, 03:56:43 PM
I have a question fello knee geekers.  It is the first pre-season friendly on Saturday, do i play, and how much of a part do you think i should play  ???

Some information to help yopu all, ive had 4 weeks of football training, and at the end of the last session i played 30 minutes of a practice game. :P
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on July 25, 2009, 10:35:08 PM
i played the last 20 minutes, of my first competitive match.  Was a great buzz.  Next Saturday another friendly, i may try for 45 minutes.  Need to work on my fitness though.  Its been 16 months since my last game, when i injured my knee and 7 months since my op.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: mollyc on July 25, 2009, 11:35:47 PM
That's great! Congratulations! I'm really impressed with how disciplined you're being about your re-entry to football. Pushing it, but not too much...assessing how it goes...pushing it more. It's a great model for how to move safely back into sport! Glad that it seems to be working out for you so far.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on August 01, 2009, 09:32:43 PM
All has been going really well. I played in a practice match on Thursday for 40 minutes, and a played 30 minutes of a competitive pre season game today(saturday).  I also have another pre-season game on Wednesday evening.  Then i am going to give it a rest for a few days.

 The knee feels very solid turning, it was quite wet today.  I havent yet really tested it in a full blooded challenge.  However adding the 10 minutes in each competitive match seems to be working well.  I still ice regularly.  Its trying to fit in strength work, fitness work, speed work, and play a game without putting the knee under too much stress.  I'm just approaching 9 months post op.  I am however very pleased how things have gone 8)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: miss_sporty on August 02, 2009, 05:45:30 PM
Sounds like everything is going really really well! Bet its really nice to be getting back to football again it sounds so exciting!! Glad to hear it feels solid when you turn too thats really good, hope it all continues to be this good for you! :)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on August 21, 2009, 10:42:40 PM
All i can say is that things seem to be going from strength to strength.  I started my FA Level 2 football coaching badge last sunday.  Ive played 30 minutes of three fully competitive league matches, and everything has gone really well.

Well i started of the coaching course, by participating in a 1 hour coaching session on the Sunday and Monday, and then participated in a 2 and a half hour coaching session on Tuesday.  Wednesday i observed and coached a session of my own, and this afternoon i once again took part in a 2 and a half hour coaching session.  I'm over the moon, and a little sore.  However no swelling, and no complications at all with my knee  8)

I am still however cautious about playing a ninety minute league game, i have a the possibility of having to take part in a lot of coaching sessions tomorrow, as well as running my own, then a week of rest.  Followed by a league game, of which i hope to play for 45 minutes. 

I hope everyone on here is rehabbing well and hard.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: bailey23 on August 24, 2009, 11:33:15 PM
Hi Macker,

Your story is very inspiring to read. I am also hoping to return to competitive football eventually but I am trying to keep my feet on the ground and stick to my original time scale of a year out. I only had my aclr at the beginning of this month so it sounds daft me talking about sticking to time scales but I am already fed up with watching from the sideline as my friends play. I had never really suffered any sort of real injuries until this year when I tore my acl back in january so maybe thats why I'm finding it hard. Although I had to sit and watch one of my teams win the league and play in 3 cup finals last season so that really sucked from a personal point but I just hope I am not tempted to try and play towards the end of this season if we have any sort of big games as I will only be 8 months post op by the end of the season. Its easy to say I won't now but I would imagine it will be harder to stop myself if I make any where near the amount of progress you did in 8 months.

Keep up the hard work and good luck with the coaching and football :)

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on September 02, 2009, 06:04:56 PM
On saturday I played 55 minutes of a competitive league game, then on Monday i played 90 minutes.  What a great feeling that was.  My lungs were bursting, my leg muscles felt like i had run a marathon.  My knee was all stable, i was even crunched a few times, and gave some back.

I even managed a session in the gym today, 2 days after.  Keep rehabbing hard my knee guru friends, and believe ;)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vinnic on September 03, 2009, 03:00:37 AM
That's great Macker!  Really glad to hear it.  Just keeps getting better and better.  The best kind of news.  Thanks for the words of encouragement for the rest of us! 
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: miss_sporty on September 03, 2009, 12:47:28 PM
Well done thats amazing!  hope you are enjoying your return!! :)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on September 15, 2009, 05:03:23 PM
Great to hear how well things are going for you!!!
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on September 15, 2009, 09:35:30 PM
Thanks Dancer, your doping really well too.  Happy birthday as well, though i'm a bit late xx
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on September 15, 2009, 11:22:14 PM
Coolio! And thanks! Guess I wasn't thinking 'longevity' when I picked
the name 'Dancer49'- that, or it was wishful thinking I could stay there!
LOLOLOL!!! ;D ;D 8) 8) ::) ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on November 17, 2009, 05:58:26 PM
I am a year post op  ;D
I am back doing everything i did pre-injury.  It is a great feeling.  Keep working hard my friends. :P
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on November 17, 2009, 06:17:14 PM
So happy for you!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: nellsa on November 17, 2009, 08:04:32 PM
 :)  that's great news - well done!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: vinnic on November 17, 2009, 11:56:47 PM
Yes, congrats Macker!  Your story is a great one for all.   :D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: bailey23 on November 18, 2009, 07:13:04 PM
Congrats Macker, hows the football playing/coaching going?

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on December 12, 2009, 08:03:06 PM
Hey John
i have backed off with playing, though i am still training.  I try to do a leg/upper body strength session, with a swimming session, and a plyometric session in a week.  I recently read a report about the 12-18 month injury problem with ACLers.  So i have decided that for the rest of the season i work on gaining strength, and match fitness ready for next season.

Today however i was on my FA level 2 course and played football for all the other coaches from 9.30 - 3.30 with a 15 minute break between.  Not bad going  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: bailey23 on December 29, 2009, 08:28:01 PM
Wow that is very nice going, thats a long session ;D

What report did you read? Any chance of a link? I can't wait to play again but I would rather take my time and come back for good rather than rush back and break down so I think your wise to hold off alittle until you reach your strength/fitness goals

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on January 03, 2010, 04:53:34 PM
Macker- Yes, please provide a link to that article! I'd love to read it! Continued success!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on March 07, 2010, 05:17:59 PM
Hello Bailey and dancer.
hope your both well.  I have looked back for the article, and i cant find it.  My rehab is still going really well.  I took part in an Aikido demonstration for 3 hours last month :o

I have still been taking things easy with football.  I have found a new training regime
i have to say my legs are feeling stronger and stronger.  I'm going skiing at Easter, that will be a big test again.

There are days when i totall forget about the knee, then there are days i wake up and it feels 'sludgy' like there is oil in there that needs warming up.

Keep working hard all.  Its 16 months since my op  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on March 07, 2010, 05:37:53 PM
Unfortunately its just the abstract, however interesting findings.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on April 17, 2010, 10:06:01 PM
I have completed 4 hours a day, for 6 days of skiing in Austria.  My knee is cool 8)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: mollyc on April 17, 2010, 10:20:38 PM
Awesome! I'm very jealous!

On another note, hope you can get home given all the volcanic ash. Hopefully, you're planning to travel by train. I just got back from Europe two weeks ago and am very glad that the volcano decided to hold off spewing its ash until I got home. I did get caught up in the British Air strike, but that was minor by comparison.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on April 18, 2010, 09:23:56 AM
Hey Molly
we went by coach, so no problems travelling.  It was my frist ever ski trip, boy am i hooked.  I went from the green runs to my final day completing a red run.  I am hooked, skiing is awesome.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on April 18, 2010, 03:57:59 PM
Well done Macker!

I'm just back from a weekend in the Salzburger Sportwelt - closing weekend at the Sportwelt Amadé region and had a good day yesterday skiing with people from London in Obertauern. They are stranded as they were supposed to be flying back tomorrow with Ryan Air. I suggested either doing a car hire with one of the big boys or going by train. Currently there is no air traffic in Austria or southern Germany.

My ski season now changes to glacier skiing for the rest of the summer to get fit for my ski instructor re-assessment in October. The snow today in Zauchensee was very very sugary and heavy at the bottom but was in good condition at the top. I will probably ski a couple or more times at Obertauern before switching completely to glaciers.

Where were you based then Macker? I'm only an hour and half from Obertauern and about 2 hours driving from Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. The Zillertal with the Hintertux glacier is about 90 minutes driving as well.

Sue  ;)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: mollyc on April 18, 2010, 08:20:38 PM
Yes, skiing is awesome. Glad you tried it and glad that the knee held up well. Here's to many more ski seasons for both of us!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on April 19, 2010, 11:35:09 AM
Does my heart good to see these posts talk about skiing! Continued success and knee happiness! 8) 8)
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on April 20, 2010, 10:57:56 AM
Hey Kaputt
i was based in Saalbach, however we skied a few different runs around there, one being called Hientergleem (probably spelt wrong, my apologise).

Hello Dancer
hope your rehab has gone well, you still dancing every opportunity?

i have total full confidence in my knee, as the four yellow cards will testify   :-[ ::) :o

knee happiness to all  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on April 20, 2010, 11:21:32 AM
Hey Macker,

My knee is doing very well-if I overdo things, she swells a tad, but nothing too bad.
My dance studio doesn't have class this year on a good day for me, so I'm left doing
my DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) at home on my PS2! But I'm still up and dancing at least!
 8) 8) ;D
Sooooo happy to hear you talk about the skiing thing! Cheers to happy knees!
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on April 20, 2010, 01:07:09 PM
Hey Macker - you were only about 80kms from where I live!

I have skied Saalbach-Hinterglemm quite a lot. I don't like the villages much but the skiing is great. My quickest way in is to drive to Leogang and use the connections to get into the Saalbach-Hinterglemm circus.

Where are you looking at going next season? Sadly I have to say avoid France unless you like getting ripped-off more than at home! Most of the big set ups used by the tour operators are seen as cash cows by the people running the places and they milk it for all its worth!

Nice to get an update Dancer - long time no hear! The swelling does slow down after a while, my left knee still swells a little but the right knee does not swell at all any more.

Sue  ;)

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: dancer49 on April 20, 2010, 01:16:23 PM
Thanks for that info! After I read it I realized that compared to a year ago,
certainly the swelling isn't nearly as bad as it used to be. My hubby has a friend
who says now after many years, she doesn't even think about her knee surgeries.
(two ACLrs) I didn't think I'd ever feel like that, but as time goes on, I'm beginning
to think it's possible!!!  :D ;D 8) :-*
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on April 23, 2010, 12:19:38 PM
Hello KP_Sue.  I work at a college, and we usually go away in easter.  However easter falls later next year, so i doubt we will be going to Saalbach then.  We may go there earlier in the year.  I really loved it there, so i hope we do.


Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on April 23, 2010, 01:50:31 PM
Just let me know when and I'll see what I can organise in the way of a "knees-Up"  ;D ;D

I take it that if it is a college then they are using Saalbach because of its reputation as a Après Ski party town! A lot of colleges and universities use it as their base because the Après scene is mega! That is actually one of the reasons I don't like the towns of Saalbach and Hinterglemm. The week to avoid is Fasching, as the prices are sky high due to it being a holiday week in most of Europe (Fasching Dienstag is the German name for Shrove Tuesday). That is the 8th March next year, which is probably NOT the half term week for most British schools and colleges as it is so late.

Easter is 20 days later next year so (April 24th) we are looking at the season probably ending on Easter Monday in most cases. The date agreed for closure in Austria is always made with the local landowners so the slopes can be cleared up and the grass and soil "rested" before the cattle, sheep and goats are released on to the summer pastures at the end of May.

I am probably skiing in Obertauern this weekend or maybe on the Kitzsteinhorn or Hintertux Glaciers. ut it is due to be very hot so I may just go flying instead! My ski season does not really end as I have the choice of several glaciers all within an hour or so drive!

Sue  ;)

Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on March 27, 2011, 08:32:55 PM
Its been a long time since i have been on here.  Here is an article i could only find the abstract for, and now have the full text.
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on April 05, 2016, 08:23:38 PM
5 years since my last post.  Well two weeks ago after a Friday evening of a Futsal match, and a Sunday of an hour and a half Futsal training.  Followed by a Monday morning of a squat session in the gum my knee decided to swell up, and i felt like it was back in the rehab stage when i had done too much.  Well i had forgotten about my favourite rehab friend my ice stick.  So i managed to get the swelling down.  I have manage to play futsal since, but boy is the knee sore.  I have had an appointment with the knee surgeon, who is sending me for another MRI.  He did all the tests and feels no ACL, LCL, MCL, PCL damage.  He thinks it is a meniscus tear.

Well I've had a good few years of trying to break it Skiing, Aikido, Football, Futsal  ;D
Title: Re: My experience so far
Post by: macker on January 19, 2020, 06:57:52 PM
Well about 11 years after a successful op and back into sport, Football, and martial arts.  I'm back to visit the Specialist with a possible meniscus tear.  I'm 49 now, and have been partaking in football, played veterans level the last 10 years, and Aikido, moving to Ju Jitsu 2 years ago.  Possibly time to retire from Football.  Due to the meniscus problem, i will also change forums. 

This forums excellent for anyone going through ACL rehab, one of the reasons i got back to playing sport.  I won't give up totally.  After a black belt in Ju Jitsu.