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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2008, 06:48:42 AM »
hi all   day 25      singh i also got a funny feeling in my knee cap as if its sticking ,makes it a bit uncomfatable when walking but like you put it down to swelling. seen the pt yesterday and had my first rom test showing 115 degrees flexion and nearly got full extension so pleased. told me that she cant give me much more to do unitl 6 to 8 weeks because of healing so just carry on with what i was doing, got another opointment in 2 weeks going to set a goal for myself of 120 degrees extension and hopefully will be able to get on a stationary bike.  how was the walk for you singh im  finding it a bit challenging at the mo to walk without a limp especially come the end of the day only been in work  4 days feels like a month got aches everywhere  :) .

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2008, 08:23:32 PM »
Hello people,

Day 25:
I went for my physio session at the hospital.
The feedback was very positive as I have full extension of the knee  :)
I went through a series of exercises which i will describe briefly and hope they help anyone else:

exercise 1 - wedge raises
Sit up right on flat surface, a wedge was placed under my knee (soft, a towel doubled up could be used) and I did a set of 30 leg straightening raises.

exercise 2 -  normal raises
Still sitting up, did the normal leg raises. i.e without a wedge, clench the quads and lift the leg off the ground, heel straight, toes turned inwards to clench the muscles. Again a set of 30.

exercise 3 - hamstring curl
Lying on my stomach curl the leg, heel aligned and moving towards the buttock.
I felt twitches of pain in the hamstring but was assured this is normal.
I could only get around the 90 degree mark during this workout.

exercise 4 - Inclined reverse walk

I went on the treadmill next, did a ten minute session of walking backwards at a steady speed.
The tread mill was on an incline i.e it was like walking up a hill backwards, I felt fairly confortable with this, no pain.

The aim of this exercise was to extend the knee fully when walking.

exercise 5 - Inclined forward walk
This was at a slightly more brisk pace in comparison to the reverse walking and was again for ten minutes.
The incline really worked the calf muscles and it felt good to feel the pump in the legs again!

exercise 6 - Trampoline balance
The physio made me stand on the trampoline and shift weight from left to right ( feet never leave the trampoline). I then did the same weight shifting but this time front to back. This was not a workout as such but felt good and gave me some confidence.

Exercise 7 - calf stretch with weight load
This was the mamma of exercises. There was a rehab machine, which has a front pad that you hug.
The load/weight is adjusted accordingly.
Start from a semi squad position, hug the pad and stand up carrying the weight straightening the knees in the process. You then tip toe to full extension bearing all the weights and working the calfs!

Felt a good pump in the muscle and actually broke a sweat today!

The physio mentioned that in next weeks session I should loose the flexi brace and step up the exercise programme so I am looking forward to that! The numbness is still there from knee down the shin to the instep, this is worrying as it has not shown any sighs of progress  ??? The surgeon had estimated approx a month for the sensation to return and I am on day 25 now..heres to hoping..

For this week its the same exercise programme at home as before but I am to include the hamstring curls routine (2 set of 10 raises twice a day).

I hope everyone else is getting on fine with their rehab, next update will probably be on Monday next week!

Thanks,
G

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2008, 07:14:23 PM »
hi singh sounds like you had a real good workout there m8, every little progress feels good dont it. i still have numbness like you and im on day 30 and walk with a slight limp which is worring me a little.but leg feels stronger all the time so i am making progress just slow progress.got my next pt session is monday hope for some new exercises.and i hope the next 20 weeks go as fast as the first 5 happy rehab  :)

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2008, 11:14:57 AM »
Hey all,

Day 34 (week 5!)

Time seems to be flying now that I am working from home!

I went for my physio session at the hopsital, repeated the same routine as last time but one new exercise was introduced. A light hamstring workout.

You sit on an elevated plane, hang both legs off, cock the right foot under the bad leg foot and raise it up (i.e lift the other bad leg without working the quads). You then push your heel down on the bad leg, with resistance from the good leg(foot under bad legs heel), until ur hanging parallel again.

A basic type of resistance exercise...hope that made sense! ;D

Other than that, I lost the flexi brace and did all the exercises without it! I feels kind of naked and I think it is more of a mental hurdle to trust myself to walk etc as normally as possible. I still do not have the all clear to drive my car yet, the physio said that I should be ready in a week, I cant wait! :)

In a nutshell, I have been told to carry on as normal but without the brace. Be very careful when turning and do this in little steps for now.

 I was doing the hamstring curls yesterday and had cramp in the hamstring which freaked me out, the physio said that this was normal and that I need to work at it slowly and keep doing hamstring stretches.

How did your session go nero?

Thanks and happy healing..

G

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #34 on: April 21, 2008, 06:07:38 PM »
hi all   had my pt session today nothing to stressful, checked my flexion which was 125 did some stairs up and down, up seems alot easier than down ,and had a go of a wobble board which i found very difficult to master ,but like you singh was told to carry on with what i was doing got my next appointment in a week hope to be on a bike then cross fingers. 

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #35 on: April 29, 2008, 03:12:36 PM »
Hi everyone,

Had my session yesterday, physio made me the usual routine mentioned but added the steps to the routine.
I had to step up and down on the stairs, emhasis on bending the knee to take the weight.

A second exercise on the steps was to tip toe off the edge and do some calf raises, my calfs are still aching!
I also got on the bike witht he seat high to allow knee flexion at a comfortable height. Did this for five minutes, felt good but my knee felt swollen and sore when i returned home...this is normal im told.

2days prior to this I had been getting a burning sensation/soreness on the inside knee, this was next to the scar and I was told it is probably just the scaring etc

Overall I am making gradual progress, and apart from the numbness I am staying positive  :)

Thanks,
G

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #36 on: April 29, 2008, 05:25:56 PM »
hi all   im a bit of a bad day today had my pt session and to be honest gone a bit backwards, flexion down on last visit from 125 to 120 and my walking seems to have gone backwards too, on top of this had a nasty fall on the weekend hope i havent done any damage, anybody know when they check the grapht  :'(i was expecting up and downs in the rehab i quess this is one of the downs find myself getting paroniod over my grapt hope everybody else is making progress.

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2008, 06:02:36 PM »
Nerospiro,

Form what I understand a fall usually does not mess up the graft, even though that is a phobia that everyone experiences at least once :).   Fluctuations in PT are normal as well as you said.  Try to relax and have a good day.

Bruce
Martial arts accident 11/16/07
ACLr + Meniscus trim 4/24/08

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2008, 12:26:43 PM »
Hey Nero,

Dont worry about the flexion and progress, in the grand scheme of things overall progress can not be determined by days, give it a week and you will see what progress you have made  ;)

I too felt that i was going backward as after the bike exercises and steps, my legs have been sore and my knee feels very swollen. My sister in law is a banker and one of her clients is a physio at Arsenal FC, the physio told her that ACL patients need to rest alot and that you should be carefull not to overdo it...I am trying to use my body as an indicator personally, if the pain doesnt feel right I tend to leave that exercise and concentrate on something else!

I also asked the physio at the hospital about checking the graft, she said they dont do a check andt that the acl procedure is quite solid (she mentioned that they have never had a failure), well ... that gave me some confidence!  ;D

As Bruce said, be positive mate. I have been watching videos of my idols Gianfranco Zola and Zidane for inspiration! I definitely want to be back in football next year. The amount of people who have told me to stop sports is not funny, they all reckon il be back to square one and that I will never be a footballer again.......we live once mate, heres to no regrets and positive mental attitudes..  8)

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2008, 03:46:58 PM »
hi all  just a quick update 8 weeks now and had a pt session and my surgeons appointment, had acouple of new exercises did some lunges one legged sqauts ,checked my fexion and extension which is full and 122 which is a bit worse than before but not to down about it ,seems a bit harder to get leg straight when standing anybody else had this problem . still got a limp some days and a bit of pain from my one incision below my knee cap, asked my surgeon about it and he said that he cant see any sign of infection and was happy to let me carry on as i am. got next appointment in 6 weeks time and another pt session next week ,also had the green light to cycle out doors which is great getting bored with the stationary one. hope everybody is progressing nicely.

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #40 on: May 14, 2008, 02:56:21 PM »
Hi everyone,

Nero we seem to be on similar timelines and healing in a like fashion. I too get slight pain at the incision and get slight itchiness there at times, however i actually like this because everything else is still numb!
Also when standing up after a long time of being seated, i get that tension and slight pain when trying to straighten up.
I have found that doing the knee flexing with towel underneath, gets rid of this sensation!

I have an appointment with the surgeon tommorow morning and hope for some answers regarding the numbness. I am not too optimistic though as everyone seems to recommend time as a healer of nerves  >:(

With regards to flexion, how do you measure the angle? The only hamstring exercise that i currently emply is the knee bending on stomach.

I did go physio yesterday and started cycling and a rowing machine too which felt good. I have also been given the all clear to start cycling so am also looking forward to that!

p.s Nero are you still icing everyday?

Hope everyone the best!

G

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2008, 07:49:04 AM »
hi all

singh good luck with the oppointment this morning just to let you know that i still got numbness too but not to concerened about it as long as theres no pain :). with regards to flexion my pt checks it when im sat upright the same as doing the flexion execise, they have a tool sort of like a pertractor with extended ends on it if that makes any sense.as for the icing havent iced from day one my os didnt subscibe it, although in the early days i did try it as i was constantly reading it on hear but to be honest ive not got alot of swelling now and it doesnt seem to be swelling with the new exercises im doing either let me know how you get on.

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #42 on: May 20, 2008, 12:17:44 PM »
Hey all,

Thanks nero, i saw the surgeon on thursday and he assured me that they had not cut any nerves.
I do have feeling in my foot and he mentioned that this indicates that the major nerves are undamaged.
With regards to the numbness of the shinn/below knee, he reckons that a nerve may have got twisted/damaged when making the incisions.
I asked for an estimate on feeling coming back, he reckons it could take anything upto a year!!

With regards to physio: I went yesterday which makes it Week 9
Did some cycling and steps (with dumbell weights)
Knee felt sore but nothing major!

Looking to join a local gym so i can use the machines!

Overall the physio is happy with progress and next session is next week thursday!

Hope everyone is getting on well...
cant wait for tommorow, chelsea/utd......cmon chelsea!!! ;D

G

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #43 on: June 23, 2008, 05:31:43 PM »
Week 13:

Update, have been going physio strong and am cycling and doing standing squats from chair with 5 kg weights.
Bought a bike and cycling daily, i can feel the pump in the quads on the good leg but nothing on the bad one!
Physio has hence given me the green light to join a gym and up my game between our sessions!

Ordered my sorbothane insoles and did a light jog on the tread mill.
Knee did not feel to bad, but i was running flat footed on the bad leg and have to overcome this mentally.

Overall knee is getting stronger, but i do suffer from stiffness when sitting down too long :(
I also Still do not have any feeling in my lower leg, i am getting used to live with it but in all honesty it doesnt feel good when you touch, very odd sensation!
Also when i wear socks on the bad leg, i can see slight swelling around the ankle, dont think this is anything to worry about?

Thanks,
G

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Re: My ACL Reconstruction OP: G Singh
« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2008, 06:57:51 PM »
hi singh
    glad to see you are still progressing, how is your rom going i  am still stuck on 135 on my flexion, extension is good can get it straight but when i stand up for a while seems to be harder to get straight while standing which is still causing me to limp slightly :-\ havent done much jogging yet apart from on the trampoline in pt ,did see my os today tho and he seems happy with my progress o and i still get a bit of pain around my larger scare site which my os said is quite normal dont see him for 12 weeks  unless i get problems cross fingers , also gave me the go ahead to up my exercise hope to start jogging this week but the limp is still putting me off .
        good luck















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