Learning to walk again
You have torn your ACL. No, it won’t recover by itself, you need have a reconstructive surgery if you want to walk normally again. — Doctor [sic]
Four years ago I had a common “sports” injury. I twisted my knee pretty badly while playing badminton.
I went to a doctor who couldn’t identify it right away and said I was having a sprain and sent me back with some pain killers and a muscle relaxant.
I took them and rested my knee for two weeks. The swelling had mostly subsided so I did what I thought was the cleverest thing ever.
I went for a swim 😐. My rationalization was that reduced gravity in the water would help me as I won’t have to put much pressure on knee.(I had been couped up in my room for so long that I had to go or do something).
Well long story short, when I came out of the pool I saw that my knee had swollen to almost double its size 😕.
I went to the doctor who reprimanded me strongly and said that I must have torn a ligament.
And this was how I joined the select group of individuals who are “proud” to say they suffer from “sports” injury.
[Do mark the quotes. That’s because people who know me can tell you that I am the last person you would think of when you think sports].
The MRI showed a minor tear in the ACL which wasn’t so bad. The doctor gave me an option. Go for physiotherapy for 3 months or surgery right away.
I went for the first option, and walked normally again after four months. Downside of not going through the surgery was that now I could not run so pretty much no sports ever. Any sudden movement of my knee would cause shooting pains which would leave me sitting on the spot clutching my knee. And of course the occasional buckling of the knee that scared me the most.
Took some time but I got habituated to them. I also started playing a little basketball after putting on a good knee cap for stability. Life was good once again.
Then last week, my nightmare returned.