Hi there, I have been reading various threads with interest and thought some advice might be good for my current problem.
I injured my right knee playing cricket in July and after 4 months of physio have finally had the results of my MRI scan which have shown up a partial tear to my Medial Ligament and complete tear to my ACL. My consultant is supposedly booking me in for a chat with the knee surgeon to see what can be done.
I wondered what experience people on here have had with this as my consultant indicated that in some cases reconstruction of the ACL is not done and it may be possible to build up the Quads and Hamstrings to avoid the need for a reconstruction.
In all honesty the injury has not entirely stopped me running, although it has severely reduced my training due to instability, nevertheless I still managed to complete the GNR only 8 mins outside my PB this year, which I was pretty chuffed about given that I had only trained a handful of times in the two months running up to it.
I suppose what I am after is advice on whether going through the pain etc of an operation is worth it or should I just try and negate the damage to the ACL by strengthening?
Any advice gratefully received.
Tough Call. My daughter ruptured hers playing football and took a year to get back to some degree of strength back in it, A colleague is just started running again after a year, but what is interesting is that he did all the exercises and is quite besottled by that type of thing and still took that time. Me, Similar to other writers I have ruptured mine no dioubt playing rugby and only found out when they did my cartilage. The advice was to carry on doing what you are doing or have it done or wait to it is really unstable by which time i propably need a replacement knee! oh joy! BUT i have run two marthons with mine and loads of races. I am fine running in straight lines and exercises that are done in that plane. I can still play football but occasionally it lets me know that it is not happy and i have to stop.
I am currently doing loads of squats to keep the strength. An interesting fact, When the All blacks toured two years ago they reckon that 70 % of the squad had ACL damage but because of their hamstrings strength they were still able to play competitive rugby and they would have the operation when they finished playing!
As they say the choice is yours!
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