ACL Surgery Recovery Week 2 Update

The second week is now over. Recovery has continued relatively smooth. Range of motion has made big improvements and phsyio continued as planned.

Potential Knee Problem

The biggest issue with week 2 was when I was walking and while moving my right(ACL surgery leg) forward around a corner I hit it on a open drawer. It stopped my upper leg and lower leg seemed to move forward and I had small sharp pain. There has been no increase in swelling or movement with the knee but I think there has been some meniscus damaged due to some of the classic cracking sounds. Best case its nothing and I am just being a little paranoid…likely I did some minor damage to the meniscus repair revision which the surgeon had already suggested it would be unlikely to be a completely successful repair.

Flexion

  • Goal – 0 degree,
  • Actual – 0 degrees

Flexion

  • Goal – 100 degree,
  • Actual – 130 degrees

This has been one of the areas I am most impressed with the range really increased.

Pain

Bruising After ACL Surgery

Week 2 bruising on Left hamstring graft leg

Weight Bearing

  • Goal – 100% without problem at the end of week 2
  • Actual – actual – 100% without problem at the end of week 2

Walking

  • Goal – continuing to improve without limp
  • Actual – walking with minimal limp

Strength and Balance

  • Goal – exercises should increase slightly in intesity to ensure my body continues to have to adapt
  • Actual – I added a few week 2 knee surgery exercises that started to push me to improve my balance

Overall week 2 has been good the big problem obviously was when I bumped my knee. The biggest improvement was with the range of motion.



The Top 5 At Home Exercises
I did that helped get me walking 4 days after surgery

Click Here to see the exercises

Comments

  1. Kevin Haynes says:

    Jon,
    I am 10 days post op from a hamstring graft. Last night, I was half awake when my leg had a contraction/spasm. I woke to severe pain and was screaming. After 5 minutes, everything apears to be back to normal (10 day post op normal). Do you think there is any way I could have caused the graft to pull out? Should I worry the Doctor with this question? Another question: My shin is painful to the touch. Is that normal?

  2. Jon Haver says:

    I think it would be almost impossible to pull out the graft on a leg spasm. But if you are concerned than you should definitely ask your doctor and your next check up. Try and get more fluids in you as dehydration is most often the reason for spasms. Regarding your shin being painful to the touch…this is a good thing as it shows the nerves are working there, what can sometimes happen is that you loose feeling in your shin and it takes a long time to come back. Good luck with your recovery!

  3. Bridgett says:

    Hey how I’m 3 weeks out from ACL surgery… This is my second round for my right knee and I had a Cadaver put in this time- I was wondering when would be the “okay” mark to drink? Would it effect the graft at all? Or the bone in that case?

  4. Today was exactly two weeks after my surgery. I had my right ACL and meniscus done. I’m 27 years old and was very active prior to my injury. I want to get back to that point! I have been using your website as my main source of rehab. I did not get much direction from my doctor so I have been using your website. Last week I met with my doctor and he was really impressed by my recovery. I still walk with a minimal limp (ditched crutches by day 10) but am driving and doing a good job of it. I will keep using your website as guidance and motivation. For people that read this, don’t be discouraged with the injury. Over time you’ll be fine. Just dedicate the time to recovery and it will take care of itself. Thank you Jon for this website!

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