[Week 4] Day 22 – 28 Post ACL reconstruction surgery recovery
I can now walk normally off the brace if I choose to, but the physio says I should still wear the brace to prevent any further injury to the knee, and to allow the ACL graft to heal properly.
I will stop updating on the pain and mobility because there is not much pain left, only my limited range at the extremities of my knee (meaning I can stretch fully or bend fully). As for mobility, since I can walk, I’m mobile enough to get by. And I’m already back at work this week.
Since I can already walk normally, I don’t think so much about my knee as well. Prior to this week, walking down the stairs (in a normal motion) was difficult as my leg still had pain. This week, I’m able to do it better, and by next week there will probably be even less pain left.
Day 28 – Physiotherapy day (Week 4)
Learnt a new exercise for my hips, the reverse hip abduction.
Increased weights for my leg, now at 15 lbs for most exercises that need weights.
Hello! I’d like to share my ACL story with you.
In 2009 I tore my ACL off of my femur while on a trampoline. My doctors had done an orthoscopic surgery back then to rough up the ends of my ACL so it would reattach to my bone. It’s 2015 now and this school year I started Cross Country, which is much more intense than my previous running years before. I had so much trouble with my knee, but figured it was normal considering knee-pain is the type of thing to expect when running. I met with the same group of doctors in January this year to take a look at my knee again to see if there was anything wrong. There was definitely something wrong. My ACL had never reattached to my bone and for 6 years I had been running on a very strong meniscus and a useless ACL. Just last week, on Friday the 13th (what a wonderful day for surgery?) they did a reconstruct on my ACL and gave me a new one. I’ll be going through the same kinds of thing you’ve had to go through and I thought I’d let you know how much I appreciate this blog. It’s very difficult to find other people who have experienced what I’ll be going through very soon.
14 yrs. old
Hey, just wanted to say thanks for writing this. My surgeon and nurses weren’t great in giving me an idea of what to expect post surgery, what would be normal pain versus abnormal etc. Your blog helped a lot and giving me ideas off how to get my range of motion back early has really helped with recovery. Hope your knee is right back where it should be- take care.