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Offline Jackcarter91

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7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« on: December 27, 2012, 04:38:17 PM »
Hi there,

I am 7 months post op hamstring graft in my right knee. I normally train around 4 times a week doing wait work and one day a week with a personal trainer doing agility work.
I was at the park doing some agility work of my own and I was doing a drill where I jog backwards lightly then turn front ways, on the 3rd time of doing it my knee felt like it folded and jared - painful but not excruciating like when I first did my injury. I stretched it out a bit and had a light jog afterwards in which now I feel stiff about an hour since its happened. Is this normal for this period of the injury? Did I do a drill I should of not done at this point of my rehab?

Help would be great.

Thank you for your time

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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 11:08:07 PM »
Hi mate

Probably best to take a conservative approach in the next couple of days, RICE etc and see where you are at regarding pain/swelling before getting it checked out, you might just have tweaked something else in your knee unrelated to your previous injury (every other part of your knee is working overtime during the rehab period). Having ruptured my acl too I get the feeling you would sort of "know" if something bad had happened.
Hope it's nothing too serious anyway. I am just over 3 weeks post acl surgery and having been through that I imagine everyone is a little paranoid about re-hurting their knee again!

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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 08:30:23 PM »
Happy new years.

My knee has felt weak since the buckle and actually gave way last night at a party. I havent trained atall in about a week could this be why for the weakness? no swelling etc just buckling/ slight giving way. A

Anybody help please?

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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 02:33:23 PM »
We can't really diagnose over the net I'm afraid....are you able to get in to see either your GP or your surgeon? You may have done something to the graft or you may have done something completely unrelated but of course, having had surgery relatively recently your knee already feels weaker and you're more focused on when things feel wrong. I think I'd be trying to get it checked over if it isn't improving plus it feels like it is buckling. Better to check out sooner than to risk doing anything that could cause more damage....

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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 02:51:06 PM »
If you can't get to see a doctor then your physio may be able help? It could be anything or nothing but certainly cut back activity to the bare minimum until you know what, if anything, is wrong

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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 03:50:43 AM »
Jack,

I sent you a private email  I also included my email address.  If you need anything, just let me know.

Russ
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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 07:27:28 AM »
Hi Jack,

You need to get in to see a doctor or physiotherapist asap for a proper evaluation. As Lottie notes, we're not medical professionals here and we can't give you a diagnosis. Fingers crossed that you haven't done anything bad - you're a fair ways out from surgery and the drill you were doing sounds reasonable for seven months post-op - but the soreness and buckling that you mention is enough of a concern that you should get it checked out by a professional. If you can't get back to your surgeon, Vicks' suggestion of a physiotherapist is a good one. They can perform the manual tests for joint laxity and let you know whether or not the graft is still stable and intact.

Your muscles will most likely still be weaker on the operated side, so hopefully all you've done is overstress them a bit with a new exercise. But you do need a professional assessment, not guesswork from the Internet, to know for sure. Best of luck!
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Re: 7months Post OP ACL injury - Knee buckled when training
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 09:09:43 AM »
Hi Jack,

As the sad record holder for ACL reconstructions here on KG, I can only whole-heartily concur with what Snowy (a fellow hamstring ACL reconstruction survivour) and the others say - go to see a specialist. I would start with a sports physio as they will understand the dynamics of what you were doing when the first event occurred. They are more than capable of carrying out the various tests to check whether your graft is compromised or not.

From what you describe, my gut feeling is that you simply pushed the boundary too hard. Both my knees give way sometimes without warning and I get the same feeling that you describe. The first few times I was paranoid and ran to my trusted physios as it was nigh on impossible to get a quick visit to my OS in the UK. Now when it happens I go back and ask for specific stabilisation exercises. I still have a difference between my left and right hamstring muscle strength. But I loathe being in a gym working specific muscle groups. I'm definitely not a gym rat, I prefer to be outdoors using the muscles practically. I am also very lazy and do not like doing endless boring repetitions, so I accept the differences and make allowances in my sports for them. At my age I'm allowed to be lazy when I want to! ;)

Sue  ;D
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