We've all been there: an in-game collision, a bad fall, a shooting pain after a sharp pivot. After hurting yourself while playing, it's pretty scary to have it checked only to find out that you did do some real damage under your skin. That's why most of us are probably guilty of just going for "rest" and crossing our fingers that the pain goes away.
A lot of the times, you'd recover as if nothing happened. But yeah, it's scary to confirm your worst nightmare (like the infamous ACL tear) by having it checked which is why many would rather consult Dr. Google or other bros. Well, Drew* is a bro who thought "I'd be fine" even though he is an actual med student (now doing his internship) himself and should really know better. Consider his ACL horror story the closest you can get to the consultation you've always feared.
What did you do to your ACL?
So you said you tore your ACL, did you actually have it checked to confirm?
Yeah, two years ago. I had an MRI
It was swelling for a couple of weeks and then I had pain and limitation of movement. I iced it lang for a while and it eventually subsided eh. So like two months after the MRI I was walking normally
"Just" buckling! What did the doctor have to say after the MRI?
Elective ACL repair–like it's not an emergency so you can schedule to have the repair whenever you want. Actually, I should have done either rehab or surgery but I didn't. Kala ko kaya
So it could possibly just be rehab needed after an ACL injury?
Yeah, my friend also had an ACL but went through 3 months of rehab and till now he's still playing. Physical Therapy lang with Knee Strengthening. But the standard is still surgery followed by 6 months rehab. But if you aren't active in sports and don't plan to
Active meaning? Can I just stand in the backcourt and ping passes around?
No sports that require strenuous changes in position running and jumping so mostly all,
So you ignored your ACL and tore
a second ligament?
Is an ACL repair risky or difficult? Or somewhat "easy?"
Is it really possible to self-diagnose?
Tough call, knee damage is usually harder to diagnose than, let's say, an ankle sprain. Usually danger signs are if the swelling won't
And another problem pa with ACL is it can happen a lot as a non-contact injury. My cousin tore her ACL when she twisted trying to open a stuck-up window.
After all that, can you play again now though?