Texas Vike wrote:But those are shoes I only wear for playing tennis and I only play 2 to 3 times a week! The surface is abrasive and Nadal is my model--i.e. go hard for every single ball. It caught up to me, I guess.
Unfortunately, with a vengeance.
Some things I hadn't realized previous to this injury and surgery: ACL reconstruction involves one of two autografts (or an allograft--a donation from the morgue). That is, the surgeon either cuts out one third of your patellar tendon to make your new ACL or (in my case) 3-4 different sections of hamstring to weave into a kind of "sausage". Much of the recovery and pain is due to the graft site. I also had no idea that if you suffer the "terrible triad" (MCL, ACL and Meniscus) you are especially unlucky. If it's just ACL you can bear weight within days; if they sew up your meniscus (or both in my case) you have to use crutches and not bear weight for at least 4 weeks to let them heal. Oxygen has a hard time getting to the menisci, which is why it takes so long to heal.
I think Culpepper might have suffered that "terrible triad". He at least suffered a terrible triad of sorts anyway. He tore his ACL, MCL and PCL but I don't recall if he tore his meniscus. I actually remember reading about the allograft at some point, probably in connection to a football injury.
If I'm not mistaken, AD tore a meniscus once and his ACL on a separate occasion.
Correct. the former was what knocked him out last season and the latter was the injury he suffered in 2011 and came back from in 2012.
Teddy's injury involves more because it was a dislocation. They haven't revealed whether he also suffered nerve damage, from what I've read.
It's been reported that he was able to avoid nerve damage and hopefully that's true because I have to imagine that gives him a much better chance of playing again. I feel bad for all of you and anybody else who suffers such a severe injury!