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08-11-2010 06:56 AM
roben haq It really depends on your age and activity level. For people who lead more sedentary lives, you can live without an ACL just fine...and a course of PT can help compensate for a torn ACL within parameters. For instance, in a closed chain position (foot on the ground), a strong hamstring can prevent the tibia from translating too far forward (normally a job for the ACL).

Yet, I still think that you've had a recent change in your pain levels and the PA should not be the one ultimately making this decision. The decision on whether or not to have an ACL reconstruction is best done by getting all the recent information by a well-informed, an orthopedic surgon.

To say the very least, I think a course of PT is fact, if you are considering surgery, it's usually required prior to surgery go ahead and get a leg up (no pun intended)...if you feel better with PT, then way to go...if you need surgery, you'll be one step ahead.

I'd also recommend that the PT rule out the pain coming from the lumbar spine if you are having it in the entire length of the leg.
03-10-2010 10:35 PM
shamsuthbegum The posting was very nice about injury.
11-18-2008 06:45 PM
Originally Posted by AyNy View Post
But I get your message not to push it but dont you think 5-10 years from now modern science will invent new ways of curing these issues?
undoubtedly there will be fixes for things like this in the future, but you can count on those fixes being very expensive.
11-18-2008 06:34 PM
AyNy the ironic thing is, I made it all the way through 4 years of D3 soccer without any knee injuries, let alone injuries requiring surgery. Rather, I tore my meniscus playing soccer hung over the day after thanksgiving WTF was I thinking! 2 years without shredding the rocky mountains is pretty unbearable and uncalled for!
But I get your message not to push it but dont you think 5-10 years from now modern science will invent new ways of curing these issues?
11-18-2008 06:09 PM
X1n54n3x agreed. tell him (as painful as its gonna be to do) to sit this season out. the last thing he wants to do is permenant damage cause he wanted to board sooner than he shouldve.
11-18-2008 05:59 PM
Flick Montana Just please please please be careful. A torn ACL takes a deceptively long time to heal. It depends on the severity, but you can be out for a year with that kind of injury. I know it really sucks, but if you re-injure it, you could be out even longer. I say listen to the doc and do what you feel you're capable of, but don't push it.

I had a friend who played college football at Purdue. He was the kicker and tore his ACL. He came back, against recommendations, after 4 months and ruined his leg. Lost his scholarship and everything. Not that you have that kind of stuff at stake, but you get the idea.
11-18-2008 05:49 PM
AyNy Mike, reading your response encourages my spirits somewhat. I just found out today that I tore my ACL and meniscus. Being that its Nov 18, 6 months from now brings me to April 18 and on the east coast thats a mute point. I was really looking forward to this years boarding season because last winter I tore my meniscus and I missed EVERYTHING! Record snow in Vermont/NH and a ski trip out in Boulder with some fellas. With that said, is there any chance in being able to do some casual boarding, coasting the green and blue runs, or am I pretty much screwed? Anyone out there run into the same situation that can shed some light on my dark winter? Mike, did your boy run into any issues after the trip?
12-04-2007 09:49 PM
mhaas In case anyone is wondering, we went this weekend. 4 months after surgery, his knee held up fine. He was able to do whatever he wanted to, but he stayed away from the kickers and such. We rode for about 6 hours. He said it felt a little weird but no pain except for the usual sorness from the first time. I think I was worried more than he was. Anywho thanks for the input.

12-04-2007 09:38 PM
SCZ71 I have torn my ACL in my left knee twice (damn you college soccer!!!) and had reconstruction done the last time in 01. I just make sure I wear my knee brace (the one from the orthopaedist, not a cheapie) and haven't had a problem. The surgeon told me that with that brace on if I damaged my knee again I had ripped my leg completely off. Only problem I have is if I ride switch at all (I am regular not goofy) it kills my left knee to be in back. I guess just that extra pressure and angle on it. Biggest warning is don't go if you will be tentative. The more you play scared, the more you risk injury. Thats the whole reason I tore mine the second time.
12-02-2007 11:05 PM
jjsmedi i tore my acl playing college sure its gunna hurt when i get out there but i try to continually build the muscles around my knee so im straight after a couple days!! ill keep an update though on how to stay strong!
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