So if you didn’t know… I tore my ACL in the end of December. I had surgery Dec 27, 2017 and I’ve been trying to get back to where I was pre op ever since. Here’s how it happened.
About two years ago I crashed my moped and got pretty banged up. I ended up with lots of road rash, a broken foot and a “sprained” knee. It took me two months to bend my knee after this incident and I felt the injury was worse than a sprain because it completely dislocated upon impact, but my doctor reassured me that it would be ok. (He was more focused on my broken foot and chalked that off to why I couldn’t walk *eye roll*)
In December, I’d say I was probably in the best shape of my life. So it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to be doing flips and active things. Anyhoo.. so I was in the park with my friend and I threw an ariel (cartwheel with no hands), and upon impact my knee blew out to the side… a feeling that I was a little too familiar with. I did hear a loud pop and I proceeded to sit in the grass and hold my knee because, well, it’s pretty gross when that happens.
A few days later I got an MRI scan and it was indeed torn completely off the bone/ muscle etc, basically I didn’t have an ACL on my left knee. Your ACL is a tendon and it does not have blood flow to that area so there is really no way for it to heal itself. My best option for a normal knee again was surgery.
After looking at my MRI, my surgeon told me my ACL was wrapped in-between my knee bone which he mentioned probably didn’t happen in a week and he suspected that I had a partially torn ACL from the moped accident two years ago. So I proceeded to have surgery and the rest is history.
I still can’t jog and have lost much of the strength in my hamstring (because they used my hammy to reconstruct my ACL). BUT I can do lots of other workouts. Here’s what I did yesterday:
> 10 min warm up on stationary bike
> Glute press 90lbs x12 (4 sets)
> Lunges with 35lb bar x10 each side (4 sets)
> Reverse hyperextensions x12 (4 sets)
> Hanging leg raises x15 (4 sets)
> Assisted squat with bar 35lbs each side x10 (2 sets)
> Assisted squat with bar 25lbs each side x10 (2 sets)
> Cable ab pull down 60lbs x10 (4 sets)
> 10 min cool down on elliptical
> 10 min cool down on stationary bike