In a game of lifeguard-football, I tried to intercept a pass and landed funny. Cue knee pain. I had a friend of the family, who also happens to be a physical therapist look at it, and he said it was most likely a slight meniscus tear. I would have gone to a specialist sooner, but the PT advised to wait and see how my knee feels before we take any medical action. After a few days, there was no more knee pain and I've been walking around on it for about 5 months now. I've been having issues with my throws in judo and haven't been able to go to karate at all due to my knee having a "slipping" sensation, though I've been relatively able to roll in jiu jitsu without much trouble. I've been busy with school, so I haven't seen a doctor during the last semester, so I scheduled an appointment over winter break. Just got back from an orthopedic specialist today and he told me that I have a completely torn ACL. Damn. My surgery is probably going to happen the week after my semester in college is over followed by an adddiction to percocet.
I have a couple of questions for those who may be knowledgeable in this area. I have been given three options for my source of my new ligament: a cadaver, my patellar tendon, or my hamstring. I'm a little leery about the cadaver option, as the doc talked about the risk of disease transmission and the extra time it will take for my body to adapt to foreign tissue, and I know little to nothing about what the benefits would be from the other two sources, as the doc was pretty vague about them (said, "there are risks and benefits for each source").
Also, I've been advised to not run (although so far I've had no trouble for the past 5 months) and have, of course, been told to stay out of the dojo. The doc advised me to weight lift and use an elliptical to strengthen my legs as much as possible b/c I'll be losing muscle over the course of my recovery. I'm planning on swimming alot, lifting as much as necessary, and maybe using a stationary bike. Any other suggestions?
If there's anything you guys have experiened with an ACL tear that you'd want to let me know, or if there's any advice on the recovery process, I'd love to hear it.
Can't wait till I can do this again. -->:karated: