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Hey all,

after hearing this morning of the confirmation of damage to my knee following the mri scan on monday morning (complete rupture of anterior cruciate ligament, slight tearing of meniscus cartilage and being told an operation of reconstructing knee joint is needed due to work and lifestyle etc) i was just wondering if there was anyone else who plays or has played again after the operation of a full reconstruction of the knee, as would like to know how the knee feels when playing, if there have been any problems as by the time i will be fit enough to play i will be close to turning 28 and not sure if i would get back playing again.

Any help or views would be great and most appreciated.

Thanks

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Hey all,

after hearing this morning of the confirmation of damage to my knee following the mri scan on monday morning (complete rupture of anterior cruciate ligament, slight tearing of meniscus cartilage and being told an operation of reconstructing knee joint is needed due to work and lifestyle etc) i was just wondering if there was anyone else who plays or has played again after the operation of a full reconstruction of the knee, as would like to know how the knee feels when playing, if there have been any problems as by the time i will be fit enough to play i will be close to turning 28 and not sure if i would get back playing again.

Any help or views would be great and most appreciated.

Thanks

The Meniscal side of things shouldnt be too much of a worry, although if they do a repair rather than remove the damaged part it may be 4-6 weeks Touch Weight Bearing.

As for the ACL repair: Full weight bearing on crutches initially. 6 weeks basic rehab doing closed chain exercises working on hams, quads, gluts and balance++, with steady progression of exercises, progress to running from 3 months (not earlier as the new graft is weak before this), non contact sports at 6 months after working at sport specific exercises, contact sports at 9-12 months. Thats all being well of course and with no complications. Important advice - take your prescribed pain relief!!

Lots of rehab needed after the op - the early stages can be monotonous, and the temptation is to do too much too soon but operation is the best thing for short and long term benefits.

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thanks shifty, yea was told all that by the specialist but tbh it kinda whizzed over my head at the time as i was sooo gutted about the result...but thanks for reminding me lol, so have you had it done? i was more wondering if i would actually make a return as would be unsure if it would go easily again? i guess thats a psychological factor though

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Smithy, Havent had it done myself but seen plenty of them as I am a Chartered Physiotherapist down at Falmouth Hospital. No reason why you shouldnt play again - just need to do all the right rehab. Not particularly more likely to go again as the graft (abit of your hamstring most likely) will be good and strong. Ive treated quite a few whove gone back to playing with no problem, and the psychological part definetely has a part to play!!

No guarantees of course - things can and do go wrong for a number of reasons.

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I am pretty sure this was the same injury that Michael Owen had during the 2006 world cup... Which proves that you can come back from it, although he would have had top proffessionals working with him night and day. It may take you longer than Owen but it is proof that you can come back from it.

Good Luck with the recovery, I am sure you will be back coaching and playing again.

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Hey all,

after hearing this morning of the confirmation of damage to my knee following the mri scan on monday morning (complete rupture of anterior cruciate ligament, slight tearing of meniscus cartilage and being told an operation of reconstructing knee joint is needed due to work and lifestyle etc) i was just wondering if there was anyone else who plays or has played again after the operation of a full reconstruction of the knee, as would like to know how the knee feels when playing, if there have been any problems as by the time i will be fit enough to play i will be close to turning 28 and not sure if i would get back playing again.

Any help or views would be great and most appreciated.

Thanks

You need to have a chat with Shaun Mitchell playing for Hayle 4th's. had his need totally reconstructed and is back playing again.

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I did mine at the age of 28 and missed a year in total. After the operation it was about 3 months before I was doing light jogging and about 6 months before back playing but when I first started again I kept pulling muscles and getting little niggling injuries. I did lots of physio before coming back though and had to attend a special knee clinic for some specialist physio sessions. I was advised to get an exercise bike to help strengthen my knee and the muscles around it which really helped.

I've been back playing now for 3 seasons and apart from losing some pace I've had no problems whatsoever and the knee feels as good as before.

I hope this helps in some way and I hope everything goes well and your back playing soon

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thanks for all the pointers peepz, i know there are a few pro players that have made full recoveries..but its easy for them as they get paid huge amounts of money so dont have to rush back to pay bills lol.

thanks for the tips k.b---only prob is i only have pace lol...without that i might as well not turn up lol.

thanks again all

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I snapped my ACL and damaged meniscus cartilage when i was around 22 . I had the operation( which isnt that pleasant to be honest) and stuck to my physio exercises like a pro. I was joggging before i knew it but had a problem which slowed down my progress. Had key hole surgery to see if the graft was ok which it was and i was back to jogging after 6 weeks or so. To be Realistic it will take 12 months or more to get 99% again, you will need to make sure that you really build up your muscles around the knee so get yourself a bike!!.Took me a good 16-18 months to get myself fully ready to play again and ive been happily playing for 5 seasons now and Im 28 . Knee is stronger than it ever was!! Hope this helps.

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thanks trispinho...just the kinda feedback i was looking for...i know its gonna be a long old slog but as im a pretty positive person i'l work my hardest to get fit again. start my physio 2mo to try and free the knee joint up-which is delaying the operation so hoping knee responds to this otherwise have to go under to see why....arrrrghh!! lol

roll on 2013/14 season lol

how did you feel when you first started playing again? how did it effect you psychologically?

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