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  • #16
    Originally posted by dml View Post
    I am a guy - had the patellar tendon version done over a decade ago.

    I worked my a** off in rehab and within six months, I was doing everything I had been doing before. At that point in time, I was mostly running ultramarathons and skiing. I ran a trail 50 miler just before the six month point after the surgery and I was skiing without a brace two weeks later.

    I've skied well over 500 days since the surgery, I ran more than 20,000 miles after the surgery before essentially retiring from serious running in the past couple years. These days, I mostly do CrossFit, lift heavy on my own, sprint, ski, ride my bike on occasion, and do some hiking. I never even think about the knee.


    DML
    Glad to hear it went so well for you! Physical Therapy for this type of injury is great when you have PT's who are willing to let you go all out and not baby it too much.

    I was able to play tennis about 5 months after the surgery, which was amazing to me but also probably what led to the lingering problems with my menisci

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    • #17
      Originally posted by bostonwolf View Post
      I had the patella graft done almost 20 years ago now. Just had a meniscus tear repaired a year ago but otherwise haven't had any real issues. I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000 and my knee didn't hurt any more than any other part of my body did afterwards

      The rehab is the key. You sound like you are pretty committed to your martial art. Stick to the rehab protocol and don't rush things too much and you should be back to full strength by the end of the year at the latest.

      Then you'll need more time to get over the mental aspect of the injury like not favoring the knee, but that's just part of the process.
      Glad to hear that you've been just about injury-free! The PT is tough right now - and it's a little humiliating needing help sometimes just lifting my leg - but I am determined. The not-rushing part will be just as tough; I'm already using the crutches mostly for balance instead of supporting my weight. But I'll be good and will do what the doc and PT tell me.
      F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

      **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

      **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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      • #18
        Originally posted by dml View Post
        I am a guy - had the patellar tendon version done over a decade ago.

        I worked my a** off in rehab and within six months, I was doing everything I had been doing before. At that point in time, I was mostly running ultramarathons and skiing. I ran a trail 50 miler just before the six month point after the surgery and I was skiing without a brace two weeks later.

        I've skied well over 500 days since the surgery, I ran more than 20,000 miles after the surgery before essentially retiring from serious running in the past couple years. These days, I mostly do CrossFit, lift heavy on my own, sprint, ski, ride my bike on occasion, and do some hiking. I never even think about the knee.


        DML
        That's terrific - very encouraging!
        F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

        **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

        **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jtrain_36 View Post
          Glad to hear it went so well for you! Physical Therapy for this type of injury is great when you have PT's who are willing to let you go all out and not baby it too much.

          I was able to play tennis about 5 months after the surgery, which was amazing to me but also probably what led to the lingering problems with my menisci
          I'm very glad that my PT is going to be hands on. At least, I'm glad now; ask me again after my first post-op PT session!
          F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

          **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

          **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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          • #20
            Hi Jackie
            I was in the identical situation 4 years ago. I blew my ACL 3 days before testing for my senior red belt rank in TkD.

            The doctor went with a hamstring graft and while painful, it seems to have worked well for me. There were a couple of things that I believe helped wit the healing: recirculating cold water compress and electrical stimulation during rehab. I had little swelling and was able to get working on rehab sooner.

            8 months seems a bit short for healing, as the bone needs to regrow around the graft. Sooner than that, you run the risk of it fraying. Take your time! As to sparring: you'll have to spar with a brace to prevent another hyperextension. Mine is a Breg like the NFL players wear and in slows reaction time and flexibility.

            All that being said, I just tested in December for my senior second degree rank....so you'll eventually get there. Best of luck with your healing.

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            • #21
              Had ACL surgery not quite 2 years ago. Dr. Cain from the crew under Dr. Andrews(you know the guy who does every major athletes surgey in Birmingham, AL) operated on me. They used my Patella. I was back within 8 months 100% stealing bases like always. Dr. Andrews always uses the Patella. He's world renowned. I'm sure you will be fine either way. Mine feels so good that I plan on tearing my other ACL. haha jkjk I also had very knowledgable athletic trainers working with me 7 days a week. At some point in your rehab, you will question whether your knee is actually healing correctly; it is, just keep pushing. It's going to crack, slip and hurt like shat somedays, but once you get back 100%, you'll forget it ever happened.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Scott FM View Post
                Hi Jackie
                I was in the identical situation 4 years ago. I blew my ACL 3 days before testing for my senior red belt rank in TkD.

                The doctor went with a hamstring graft and while painful, it seems to have worked well for me. There were a couple of things that I believe helped wit the healing: recirculating cold water compress and electrical stimulation during rehab. I had little swelling and was able to get working on rehab sooner.

                8 months seems a bit short for healing, as the bone needs to regrow around the graft. Sooner than that, you run the risk of it fraying. Take your time! As to sparring: you'll have to spar with a brace to prevent another hyperextension. Mine is a Breg like the NFL players wear and in slows reaction time and flexibility.

                All that being said, I just tested in December for my senior second degree rank....so you'll eventually get there. Best of luck with your healing.
                Thanks for sharing, Scott! While I hope that I will get the all clear by Labor Day, I won't do anything without the all clear from my surgeon and PT. Once I'm off crutches, I will start doing private lessons for hand techniques, which I had wanted to improve anyway. I'll happily wear a brace during sparring, even during other parts of class, if that's what it takes. Congrats on your rank!!! It's very encouraging to hear that you returned to TKD after the surgery and PT.
                F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by cruncan View Post
                  Had ACL surgery not quite 2 years ago. Dr. Cain from the crew under Dr. Andrews(you know the guy who does every major athletes surgey in Birmingham, AL) operated on me. They used my Patella. I was back within 8 months 100% stealing bases like always. Dr. Andrews always uses the Patella. He's world renowned. I'm sure you will be fine either way. Mine feels so good that I plan on tearing my other ACL. haha jkjk I also had very knowledgable athletic trainers working with me 7 days a week. At some point in your rehab, you will question whether your knee is actually healing correctly; it is, just keep pushing. It's going to crack, slip and hurt like shat somedays, but once you get back 100%, you'll forget it ever happened.
                  Thanks for sharing, cruncan! Glad to hear you returned to stealing bases. Hah - yeah, get another bionic knee! And I will definitely keep pushing!
                  F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                  **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                  **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                  • #24
                    Following up: It is 11 days post surgery. As of 2 days ago, I had 78 degrees bendibility in my knee, and I think I've gotten up to 90 in the past 2 days. My PT says I should be a poster child for doing PT, which is nice to hear, especially when he gives me even more exercises to do. I may be able to drive as of today, and I will be down to 1 crutch tomorrow. Up-downs (using 1 crutch for support/balance, get up from seated position, stand, hold for 3 seconds, sit down) suck and are painful, but I'm committed to getting back to squats, so I'm powering through. PT 3 times each day at home, plus seeing the PT 2 times a week. My surgeon is very pleased with how well I'm doing, and he's sure I'll be walking by the time I see him in 2.5 weeks. The swelling is pretty bad in my leg, but my doc says that's normal. I don't know if eating/not eating certain foods might help with that; I'll post about that in the nutrition section. Thanks again to everyone who posted here - your comments were all very helpful.
                    F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                    **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                    **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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