Saturday, August 30, 2008

Week 14 - ACL Surgery Recovery

Welcome to my ACL surgery recovery blog where I have been giving week by week updates on my recovery since I had ACL surgery on my right knee back on May 22nd, 2008.

Progress is still slow and i have not tried any more running at this point. I've been given some extra Plyometric exercises to do. One thing i have noticed is that my co-ordination has really gone in the tank. It usually takes me a few times to get these exercises right.

The first one is Power skipping. Not with a rope. Skipping like you use to do as a kid. You're pretty much jumping as high as you can off each leg and lifting the other knee towards your chest, keeping your abdominals tight and swinging your arms. This is suppose to be a low impact introductory plyometric exercise. I am suppose to do this exercise for 30 second intervals.

The second is similar except you're skipping sideways.
The third exercise was another school yard type activity. Hop-scotch, using this familiar floor pattern below:
You start by hoping on your left leg in the middle of the first square, then jump again with both legs landing on the outside of the lines, right in between the first and second square. Then, jump landing on your right foot in the 2nd square. The again jump landing on both feet outside of the lines just in between the second and third square. Repeat to the end, turn around and do it again.

The final new exercise was using the same pattern and it was just basic running in and out of each square. So you'd start looking at the pattern which is perpendicular to you. Start at one end and run in one square with both feet, then backwards out of the square. Then same thing in the next square and continue that in and out in a fowards/backwards, zig-zag motion until you reach the end. Then do it all over agan going back the other way.

So add those to the list.

I still experience a bit of minor swelling. Nothing really that you would notice looking at it, but i can feel it after i do my routines. Icing is still needed.

As far as scarring goes, at this point it is hardly noticable but that is something I'm not even concerned about. Its only about a 2 1/2 inch scar and quite frankly if my knee is working properly, it was a small price to pay.

Anyway, thats it for my week 14 report. Thanks for reading my ACL Surgery Recovery blog. Take care.


  1. my 14 yo tore her ACL and had surgery the day before you. It's been interesting comparing your progress to hers. She was just given the ok to run the 800m at a track meet on Wed., but she wasn't ok'd to run a 400m (she sprints that, and has just started sprinting). It's been great to have this resource to compare symptoms she has with what you're going through.

  2. Hey, thats pretty good. Im still having troubles with any running which is frustrating as hell! Im starting to think its a problem of some kind.

  3. A great way to recover from an ACL injury is using an elliptical machine. It's a great low impact exercise that gets your knee moving in a good motion.


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