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39y/o active male. 5’-11” / 190lbs
ATR on left leg happened playing coed softball on 8/2/18. Started to chase a guy to tag him out, 3 steps into the chase on the ground. I immediately knew what happened so was at the ER being seen by a doc within 45 min.
First ER doc I saw said it was ruptured but wouldn’t need surgery(this was before x-Ray & ultrasounds) Second ER doc I saw who was privileged to my test results told me, “100% surgery kid” we can get you into see one of our OS tomorrow. I asked why the discrepancy between the two and he said the other doctor was mistaken, and I def needed the surgery.
My mom is a nurse at another local hospital system(ranked higher than the one I went for ER if that matters) and friends with one daughters of the Orthos who worked out of there. Saw him the very next morning to get a third opinion. He confirmed the ATR and when reviewing my options he told me “the only reason i would advise using surgery is if you were a professional athlete or trying to be one” “if you were my son, He’d be going the conservative, non-surgical route” “there’s only a 10% high change of rereputer compared to surgical using this method.” All these things made me feel great, I didn’t want to undergo the knife, no hard cast, no heavy pain meds and could go back to work in a coupe days...and only 10% re-rupture rate!? That was all I needed to hear.
He gave me a boot with minor wedge inserts, told me to take it easy for a week then use my judgement for WB and come back to see him in 3 weeks.
My job is pretty high paced, I averaged 18k steps a day before my injury so I was nerous about how being booted up and riding around a scooter would affect my productivity. My worries we’re valid, I had to take more breaks, work less hours when needed, and couldn’t make many of my out of office meetings. So I started falling behind, which my company has been great with accommodating my workload until this is over with.
I love to play sports. At 29 I regularly play softball, basketball, football, sand volleyball, mountain bike, snowboard and water sports. The strengths
of my game have always been my speed, acceleration and agility. I’m worried that I’m never going to be close to those levels again even if I take PT very seriously.
So, after 4 weeks of das boot and being the scooter guy at work. I’ve reading countless articles on this injury, and I feel like I might have made the wrong choice by using non surgical repair method. I feel like my doc should have made surgery seem like a better option for someone with my lifestyle.
Does anyone agree? Or am I just being pessimistic?
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