I am a new member to this forum however i have a bit of down time from everything due to a motocross related knee injury. I figured for those wondering about ACL specific injuries, surgery, ETC..........Heres my 2-cents and hopefully will help you make a more informed decision moving forward.
A little backround:
31 years old
Riding since I was 11
Got away from riding in 2003 and came back to racing 2011
In very good shape, work out and play ice hockey 3 times a week competitively.
My racing comeback has been great and I led my first HARESCRAMBLE ever raced, then burned out my clutch in mud for a sad 9th out of 20+.
I decided that I would do MEGACROSS as cross training, and I love to jump!
On june 16th, 2012 around 6:30pm at MEGACROSS, I ended up with the crazy Open-C-Class kids because a buddy racing with me (who had never raced there before) signed up for that practice (instead of 30+ ) and we wanted to ride together. STUPID MISTAKE.
I was on lap 2 of practice when a young out of control kid cut met off on the face of a 50ft step up table top and I had a choice: 1.) get landed on 2.) ride down the side of the tabletop and avoid it all. I chose 2. My foot was pushed off the peg as my peg pushed sideways down the side of the jump and my 450 and I went one way and the right leg went the other.
I felt and heard a POP! Instant pain and my right leg felt loose. Down I went for 3 minutes and then the pain went away almost instantly. There was almost no swelling and I knew something was wrong with the loose feeling trying to pivot my knee. Damn it. My racing was on hold, not a chance at hockey and my job requires me walking/running and lifting so I was a mess emotionally. I kept telling myself, no swelling.........must be a sprain. Ive had worse knee swelling in the past, this will be fine. I didnt go to the ER but instead went home, iced it and waited till the next day. The knee was better, but going down stairs was uneasy at best. I went to the Urgent Care knowing that they will X-Ray and refer me to a Ortho-Doc who knows what they are doing with joints/bones. The Urgent Care nurse laughed at me for coming in for a minor sprain because my knee was looking pretty normal. Anyway, I knew it wasnt right and she sent in trainee doctors who didnt even know what they were looking at beause she thought I was full of sh*%.
I recieved my referral, went to a well known pro-sports Ortho in the area (by luck and a scheduling issue I ended up with him) and upon his initial exam, he said my leg was in good shape but felt loose where the ACL should be. He said it would be one of two things. He referred to a meniscus tear as a month or so of rehab (I think he said this to give me a little hope) and the ACL tear as a game changer, 6-months to recover. I got an MRI same day and was devastated to find out that my sacred ACL was torn in half and blown apart like a fire cracker. But how? I was going up stairs, lifting and walking ok.....So my doc sends me to pre-surgery Re-Hab. I worked hard from June 18-June 26th when my next appointment was. No swelling..........full range of motion.............Do I need surgery? Doc says "yes, if you want to be where you were at before your injury and if I dont wish to destroy the other parts of the knee that are in great shape". I was supposed to get surgery after the 4th of July but someone cancelled on June 27th so I said lets do it, scared to death having never had any surgery in 31years.
June 27th, Surgery was completed. It was a much easier process then I imagined and I had a nerve block in my leg with general. Highly recommended. Doc also found some fringe on my meniscus and cleaned it up a bit.
They put 2 absorbing screws in the Femur and Tib and I chose the cadaver tendon. The other grafts seem to damage other key muscles and bones with more pain and I was confident in my doctor who has worked on NHL hockey players, NFL and NBA players that made a full/better then full recovery with the cadaver and never lost that jump in their step.
Pain post op 1-10 with drugs 0-1 Once they wore off 5-7 ache
Stiffness in the leg 1-10 : 7 After a couple days 5
Take your pain meds even with nerve block because it wears off and then a gentle "Hello" from your bones letting you know they have new screws in them. Because I did this, no real pain, just discomfort, just an ache.
I left the hospital the same day, ate real food right away and got comfy at home for 5 days of RICE: Rest Ice Compression Elevation.
They gave me the Robo-cop knee brace and kept my leg straight.
Its been almost a week, and my knee is feeling great, 1st post OP was yesterday and doc was thrilled. Swelling down and 30degrees of bend under my own muscle power. PT starts today.
Do yourself a favor. If you have had a knee injury similar to mine and dont want to be in pain once you hit the relaxing years later in life, get a good doc and MRI. Your knee can become completely disabled if you push the envelope and its not worth it. My surgery as of now with everything will probably cap around $20,000. I have insurance so it will be a lot cheaper.
My body will be better then new. My future work outs and knee braces will be more focused on my sports and I am gonna go back to being me. My eating will improve as well as hydration.
Ive been without insurance before and I would find a way to get this fixed. You wil get a loan for a huge truck or fast car but wont to save yourself from a life of pain and drastic change of lifestyle? Ill drive my used car, eat smart, cheap and fix my body first.
Well off to PT. I can post pictures of my MRI and Post Op if anyone is curious and needs any advise from a patients perspective. Not everyone heals the same and no two injuries are alike.
Time to Kick A$$ in therapy so I can race!
Edited by HS1075, July 03, 2012 - 02:43 PM.