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Old 01-04-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default Treatment of a torn ACL - any phys therapists in the house?

Hey,

So i know this is a wierd question for a computer forum, but i figured i would give it a shot. Basically I have a partially torn ACL from a skateboarding accident from about 4 years ago. The doctor I went and saw did not recommend surgery because it was only a partial tear. I went to about 2 months of physical therapy for it where I did everything they said. When it first happened my knee would pop out of place (? i dunno if thats what its actually doing, but thats what it feels like) very easily, for example I was at work and the floor was slippery and my shoe slid a little bit, and once my weight got on it it popped. I also took a weights class in school, where on our leg days I mostly focused on light weight extention/flexion work outs to try and strengthen it. At my latest job i am constantly going up and down stairs which also seems to make it feel stronger. However ocasionally it still does pop out if I land on it awkwardly. Actually about 2-3 times in the last year to be exact.

Basically my question is this, I still do not trust my knee holding up under anything. It still feels alot weaker that my other knee. I mean you see athletes and people who go through alot more than a partially torn ACL ond they come back 100%. where my knee feels about 40-50%. Is there anything I can do to regain the ability to do more strenuous tings on it, like say skateboard again, and not have to worry as much.

Also what would be the effects of getting the surgery? the doctor I talked to said that surgery would make me lose alot of mobility in my knee. but like I said ive seen people that completely tore there ACL had the surgery and still skate. I know that there will be alot more recovery time from surgery, but I look at it like its been 4 years and i dont feel like its 50% whereas I could of had the surgery and be out of it for 6months and not sress it for another 6 months and be back at least 80%.

Well if any of you can give me some insight on this its much appreciated.
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Default Re: Treatment of a torn ACL - any phys therapists in the house?

wear a brace?
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Default Re: Treatment of a torn ACL - any phys therapists in the house?

Get a second opinion from a doctor that specializes in sports injuries.

Many people do come back from a torn ACL and make full recoveries. It does take good medical advice and alot of time and effort to do so though.
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AC-whatnow?
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Anterior Cruciate Ligament - ACL
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the center of the knee that prevents the shin bone (tibia) from moving forward on the thigh bone (femur).

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ouch.
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Default Re: Treatment of a torn ACL - any phys therapists in the house?

Go and see a specialist mate, asking for advice from teenagers on a computer forum is not really going to help you, as you can see by a couple of the replies above.
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Default Re: Treatment of a torn ACL - any phys therapists in the house?

yeah thanks guys for the replies.

I posted on a few boards so dont just think im posting here T-MAN lol. however I am 20 years old, living on my own, my job pays good (when I work) and going to a specialist is not something I can afford at the moment. Thats why I am asking about it, If any physical therapists have any idea what I can do.

Thanks for ur replys guys.
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Default Re: Treatment of a torn ACL - any phys therapists in the house?

You knee is dislodging, but it should be able to hold up, you still have two more healthy ligaments holding it in place. Although i wouldnt do any heavy lifting til you get a second opinion
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my knee has been like that for over 2 yrs from bike riding. i wear a knee brace. my knee sucks to be honest lol when it goes out it takes forever to pop it back in place and its a crunchy sound to. i never went to the doctor but i should.
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