The Second Opinion: Meniscus and ACL Injury

How many posts have I started with I’m injured *whinge*? I’m starting to not feel it anymore. In fact 16-weeks post operation and I can honestly say I haven’t felt injured for nearly a month. Positive steps I’m sure you are thinking but this 16-weeks have been a lengthy limbo period between operations and have led to further injury dilemmas.

My progression – I’ll admit I am biased – has been incredible. I was still anticipating to feel held back and sore at this stage. To my feel my leg is a dead limb like something from a zombie movie. But in fact the more I move it the stronger and better my knee feels. This may seem obvious. But it was implied, or more understood by me, that my knee was replaced with glass after my first operation – it was to be rested and barely used. My adopted mentality on this, until recently, appears to have actually slowed my progression. Of course rest is required, but I still have swelling, which I’ve been told is a directly linked to not using the knee.

It is the increase in activity, the 4 month limbo period and the lack of information I have on my situation that has caused the my need for a second opinion on my ACL. Since my very first (paid) physiotherapy appointment I have been told I show no positive signs for anterior cruciate ligament damage. Since this first appointment my meniscus repair has happened and an ACL tear has been shown and 3 further physiotherapists, both NHS and private have also confirmed no positive signs of ACL damage. While my surgeon is the only person to have seen inside the knee, a full rupture has not been confirmed. I also have a very stable knee. (The tape in the picture below was a test, and is being lessened each time!)

ACL and Meniscus

ACL and Meniscus

Be it pure blind hope – although as long as my knee works I am happy for whatever actions – or the tolls of being injured and time spent waiting but I think I need a second opinion. Can my knee be rehabbed to strength? Or do I need to operation to function – especially in roller derby?


Injury Timeline

09/11 – Injury
25/11 – MRI
26/11 – Operation
19/12 – Driving
04/01 – Walking without crutches.
10/01 – NHS physio, signed off for minor squats, swimming, cycling and more.
15/01 – Swam for the first time.
16/01 – First PT session.
18/01 – Jogged for the first time (for about 15 seconds).
19/01 – Did my teams off skates, all but the running.
21/01 – First exercise class.
18/02 – Put skates on in my house.
22/02 – Skated for three hours.
08/03 – Did laterals on skates and actually a tiny tiny tiny bit of contact.
18/03 – Jumped (an actual jump!)
19/03 – Jogged during a warm up at off skates.
21/03 – First modified strongman class.


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