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Offline Joedy123

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ACL reconstruction help and advice please
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:10:12 PM »
Hi all
So a little bit of history.... 10 years ago I ruptured my plc, plc and acl plus tore my mcl. I had my plc and pcl reconstructed but still suffered pain. My surgeon was going to do a a further diagnostic op n sent me for pre op n I waited for a date n nothing happened so got lost in the system, I just carried on with life with a limp and in pain. However about two years ago this got much worse so I went to my gp who sent me for an MRI and with the results back to the surgeon. After having the diagnosis arthroscopy it was confirmed the acl required replacing and I had grace 3 arthritis.

Anyway 5 weeks ago today I had my acl reconstructed. Initially the pain had gone from inside my knee so was thrilled and I'm able to now lift my leg up when stood so have more flexion which I haven't been able to do for 10 years, I'm really thrilled. However I've noticed in the last week that a pain at the front bottom of my knee has started with every step. I still haven't started physio either so my brace is locked at 90 degrees. I had a referral from hospital to say that this should start within 4 weeks after my op but I've just received a letter today say that physio has a 6 week weighting list. I'm due back to work next week so I'm very concerned. Does anyone have any advice please?

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Re: ACL reconstruction help and advice please
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 07:24:48 PM »
Advice: Get to see a  physiotherapist ASAP. It's been 5 weeks since your operation you should be getting treatment done regularly by a professional to recover properly from a major surgery.

EDIT: If one has a 6-week waitlist, find another?

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Re: ACL reconstruction help and advice please
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 12:06:00 AM »
Itíll be the entire free public Physio service in the area that has the long waiting list assuming the OP is in the UK. He or she can pay to have Physio privately which would be sensible funds permitting. Usually around £50 a session. Find an experienced Sports Physio who has worked with other ACLr patients operated on by the same surgeon
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Re: ACL reconstruction help and advice please
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 04:18:08 PM »
Hi so an update, yes I'm in the UK. I saw my consultant today and he says that my quad wastage is now so bad that I will need to go to the hospital where he is based for more specialist physio as I haven't heard from my local hospital still. Got to wear my brace and walk with crutches for another 6 weeks which is a right pain, was really hoping he would say that I could have the brace off. The hospital I had the operation is just over an hour away from my home as more specialist than my local general hospital, so a bit of a pain having to travel on the m1 but he says unfortunately he has no control over local authority physio departments. Really annoying but needs must n I just want to get back to fitness and moving. Our local physio team has been taken over by a private firm, I was meant to have physio before the op to help build my quads up n that took over 18 weeks, so 2 weeks before the operation having physio didn't help me. I think I'm going to have to complain about this but not sure who I would do this too. Good news though is my knee is much more stable than it has been for 12 years, happy days

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Re: ACL reconstruction help and advice please
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 11:50:12 PM »
Good to hear your knee is feeling as stable as ever. The goal now should be to improve range of motion, strength, and balance.

If you are yet to see a physio, I recommend these simple exercises that are universally recommended;

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/ug2544