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Offline ben_90bcfc

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Hi,

I had an ACL reconstruction op back in november (2010) so around 5-6 months ago. (20 year old male). I've not particualy been keeping up with physio, had a check up a couple of months back was told i was ahead of the game so to speak. Have played a bit of friendly football a few times on astro turf not going into tackles or trying to twist and turn etc. Everything has been excellent, with no problems at all, until about 2 weeks ago when sitting or lying down for long periods.. getting up and straightening my knee was uncomfortable for a couple of minutes until i gradually stretched it out. Then yesterday morning I got up out of bed, knee was fine.. sat down and played the xbox for a while between 1-2 hours.. got up of my chair and tried to use my opporated knee and I couldnt put any pressure on it a sharp pain to the back of my knee and almost as if two bones were obstructing each other when trying to straighten. Tried to lay down and stretch it out but failed to do so just resulted in a extreamly sharp pain. gradually it got a little better but i still cant straighten my knee fully or apply maximum pressure on it. When bending it to almost a straight possition i can feel all sorts going on inside my knee and its very uncomfortable. I feels as it felt when 1st tearing the ACL but without the swelling and constant pain... just how the inside of my knee felt during this time.
Has anyone else had anything like this after their op? im pretty sure its re torn or whatever the term would be.

Anyway any advise/help would be much appriciated.

P.S sorry about the spelling etc really cant be bothered to spell check it as you can imagine not in the best frame of mind at pressent!!!! :|:|:|:|

Offline Snowy

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At 5-6 months after a reconstruction, you'd have to do something fairly serious to the knee to tear the graft. Did you trip, stumble or fall? Was there anything specific that happened that set off this chain of events? It doesn't seem likely that you would retear it just sitting/lying around.

You really need to get to a doctor asap for a checkup. There are tests they can do to check the stability of the graft, along with ruling out other causes (it sounds as though something is actively blocking your extension, so I assume they would need to check for things like a Baker's cyst or loose bodies in the knee.)

One thing I would say is that if you're not working with a physiotherapist regularly, check with your surgeon to make sure that your activities are appropriate for this phase of rehab. At 5-6 months out you are still actively healing; football (even friendly) may be a little ambitious at this point, as it puts the knee under quite a bit of strain. ACL recovery is a marathon rather than a sprint, and even at the point where things feel fine there's still a lot going on inside your knee. It takes a long time for the graft to develop its final structure and full strength, and for the bone to fill in the tunnels where it's fixed in place. 

Good luck. I hope you're able to get to a doctor soon, and get a diagnosis for what's causing the symptoms.
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Ben,

you need to get back to the OS as quickly as you can and get it checked out!

Unfortunately you gave out 3 bits of information that indicate that you MAY have done it again!

1. you are a 20 year old male
2. you play football
3. you did not keep up with the physio

These facts are unfortunately all too common in re-tears I'm afraid.

So do yourself a favour, go back to the hospital and get yourself checked out. If it is torn, then this time around do the pre-had and post-op rehab diligently. There are no shortcuts if you want to get back to playing at a decent level. All the top players are doing their rehab 8 to 10 hours a day, seven days a week with 1 to 1 work with a private specialised therapist or 6. How on earth do you expect to be back playing football after NOT doing the rehab properly and only after 6 months? It took Michael Owen the best part of a year to get his form back.

Do be prepared for the surgeon to lay into you for destryong his hard work if you have re-torn it. The incidence of young males retearing by returning to football too early and without full fitness is way too high.

Sue  ;)
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Offline ben_90bcfc

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Hi, thanks for the reply's

I know young lad eager to play football, knee felt great, didn't listen to people and what can I say.. I only have myself to blame..
Have been doing a bit of work on it at my gym.. And was running on a treadmill fine to a good pace and getting my fitness back up, but I get bored of treadmills... And thinking back.. About two weeks ago I done a road run.. I'm thinking the stress on the knee may have caused it..
My knee has started to swell up now too..
Yeah contacted the hospital today.. They told me to go to a&e but I managed to persuade them to give me the secutary of the surgeons number and I've got an appointment on Monday.. I'm not expecting miracles or a speedy recovery as it's the nhs but I suppose it doesn't cost etc! Better than nothing!
But yeah I'm a little bit disappointed in myself for not doing the physio properly etc. I'm sure I'll do it next time...
Although as you say it may not have torn.. Just something loose inside! Thanks for your advise anyway