Coming to terms
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Today I believe I've finally come to terms with my ACL injury. I sustained a partial ACL tear in my left knee last October during a hockey game. After three months of rehab, I was allowed to resume full activity and did well for a short time, starting training for a half marathon and playing hockey again. After going down on the knee during a hockey game a few weeks ago, I started experiencing some of the same problems I had previously with the partial ACL tear. On Tuesday, I had a discussion with my doc about my concerns that I need a strong knee for my future, especially as it relates to upcoming military training.
Bottom line is that unless I tear the ACL completely, requiring surgery to replace it, I am faced with an injured ACL that may or may not heal and could tear at any time, depending on the activity I am involved in. I had heard this from the physical therapist, but until the doc said it, I really hadn't faced the reality. Now I have. So I need to work on strengthening the knee with as solid a focus as I did lowering my cholesterol so that I can be just as successful. Objectives are clear: 1) get the muscles around the knee as strong as possible, 2) lose more weight to take more pressure off the knee, 3) take supplements to strengthen the joints and ligaments, 4) ice the knee after all activity and 5) take NSAIDs as needed to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Time to get to it!