I see my surgeon tomorrow for my 2nd post-op visit, so until I get my own ACL news, here’s some recent ACLs in the news:
-76er’s center, Jason Smith tore his ACL last July and is now clear to play in the NBA (Source: @76ers__News via Twitter)
-Seattle Seahawk’s RB, Tyler Roehl had ACL reconstruction surgery performed by Dr. Ed Khalfayan on 6/11.Rehab is 6-8 months. (Source: @seahawksSpin via Twitter
-Dolphins’ reciever Greg Camarillo returns to camp just six months off his ACL surgery. His thoughts on rehab from sun-sentinel.com:
“It’s just a slow process,” he said. “You’ve got to [regain] confidence in your leg. You’ve got to get confidence in your abilities. You’ve got to heal mentally and physically. It’s just a matter of time.”
-Minnesota Wild’s (NHL) Andrew Brunette, who works his knee for more than 2.5 hrs. a day, sums up his ACL rehab in a recent article in the Star Tribune:
“It’s not fun. You’re every day in here. You’re like in a dungeon. You don’t know what’s going on outside. Driving in, it’s 75 degrees, sunny. You just want to go hit golf balls or fish, and you have to come in here instead. There’s certain days, I’m not going to lie, where it’s like, ‘This stinks.’ But I’ve got a lot to give and am very motivated because I still feel like I’ve got a lot of hockey left.”
And now for some reconstructed hope…Tiger Woods. It was this time last year that Tiger played through a tournament on a torn ACL. Now, according to the Connecticut Post, “He’s back at Bethpage Black, where he won the 2002 Open, and more importantly, he’s back to being the most dominant force in golf.”
Getting an ACL reconstructed to return to life better than ever? Yes knee can!
Thanks to these guys and all of you who contribute your stories of hope. Some days are better than others, and we could all use encouragement.