25 year year old right knee arthroscopy - ruptured ACL

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Hello all,

I am ten days post knee arthroscopy I had a small tear in the meniscus but nothing too serious. 

I have completely ruptured my ACL but I am going to try physio before I go forward with surgery as I just started a new job before rupturing it. 

Before my arthroscopy my knee was locked and so I had a lot of muscle wastage, will this hinder the speed of my recovery as I have been on crutches 4 weeks before the op and now 10 days post op. I just want to be able to walk and go to work. 

Anyone heard of anything similar to this and how long until people were walking again by ? 

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    I had an arthroscopy in June and even though i’d only been off my feet a couple of weeks pre-op, I had severe muscle weakness in my quads and glutes. Speaking honestly - it’s been a challenge, but with physio I am getting better. From looking around this forum I have found that it is reasonably common, very frustrating however & very miserable to lose independence with no driving and poor mobility round the house. I’m still needing physio to try and get my glutes firing, my quads have gotten stronger again but my glutes still need work. I have no idea what the impact of your ACL rupture will have on everything for you though. I hope things get better asap for you. 

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    ...I should also say I am walking without crutches now, still limping but working hard on physio for that! Driving again too, had to be able to do an emergency stop and managed that about 4 weeks ago (so 3 mths post op) But what I have learnt is everyone is different, which doesn’t help you to predict your timelines, but hopefully you can have a much speedier recovery! My original op was for a torn medial meniscus in my right knee, too much of a tear to mend, so they took the damaged bit out.
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      Thank you for your help! I have just had my stitches and dressing taken off so feeling a bit better now.

      I am just going to focus on building my leg up with the exercises. Also I have just ordered a tens machines as I read they can speed recovery !! So hopefully some good news soon!! 

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    I ruptured my ACL, along with other extensive damage. I tore my lateral meniscus, medial meniscus, and mcl. Along with all that is a lot of trauma.  I had arthroscopy to repair both the meniscus and had to do therapy before ACL as well because you need range of motion in knee prior to ACL reconstruction.  It was about 6 weeks until I was able to walk without crutches and went back to work in 8 weeks. It's different for everyone. Therapy does help tremendously.  I am waiting until January to do ACL reconstruction because I just started working as well.  I wear a brace every day to work because of the instability of my knee.  Everyone heals differently but believe mine just took longer because of the amount of damage.  Seems like you'll be up and about soon good luck😀

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      I feel as though we have very similar injuries then. I have had the wound plasters off today and feel slightly better.

      My ACL reconstruction will have to wait unfortunately though. I am a keen cycler so maybe this could become my main sport and I can still live healthy without an ACL (my dad is an ACL coper). 

      I will make sure my physio is aware that I want pushing, I don't want her to be nice and let me get out of doing the physio. I know in the long run physio will make it better !!!

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