I have had a few journals on here as I was trying to compete at a high level as a post collegiate athlete. Now I’m facing my biggest challenge. Returning to the track after post operative ACL Reconstructive Knee Surgery. It may not seem like much of a challenge to most, but to me this will be one of my toughest goals and hopefully the most rewarding journey I’ll take. Here is a brief history of a few important things that most do not know.
Left Knee Surgery History
October 1996 – Left Knee, ACL Reconstructive Surgery, Medial Meniscus Repair (Patella Tendon Graft)
October 2002 – Left Knee, ACL Screw Removal from tibia
March 2006 – Left Knee, Medial Meniscus Tear (Menisectomy)
December 17, 2010 – Left Knee ACL Reconstructive Surgery, Medial & Lateral Meniscus Tears (Menisectomy), Allograft[/i]
Summary of Injury
May, 2010 during a flag football game I got hit on the lateral side of the knee by a a guys shoulder. At the time I believed it was a charlie horse or just a thigh bruise. My knee was swollen and my orthopaedic after a lochman’s test said the ACL was fine. Our season ended a week later and I took time rest and recover. In September, after a couple months of training I had knee pain again and swelling. I ignored it and kept icing and taking an additional day off. As the pain persisted and more days needed to be taken off I finally talked with a couple of PT’s and they recommended that I go get it checked out to be safe. My family dr. ordered an MRI. The MRI came back showing that I had medial and lateral meniscus tears, cists on the cartilage, advanced arthritis and a chronic ACL tear. On the MRI my Orthopaedic saw there was no definitive tear in the ACL, but it was very wavy. I had two options. One was cortisone shot to the knee or a scope to see what is wrong. I declined the cortisone because I didn’t want to do long term damage to the knee be weakening any of the soft tissue so I thought surgery was a better option. Over the month after the decision and surgery date my Orthopaedic decided to do an ACL revision because the ACL had infact been weakened because it was so stretched, but it had also become detached from the screw in my femur from the initial surgery. Surgery was on December 17, 2010 in Downers Grove, IL.
I hope that you find this journal interesting. It’s a little different from the norm, but I hope I am able to look back on this after I have reached my goals.