Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Advocacy & Safety
Reload this Page >

ACL tear pain

Notices
Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

ACL tear pain

Old 03-05-22, 10:18 PM
  #1  
walkingCorpse
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
ACL tear pain

3 years ago I had my right knee ACL torn by falling right over a tight rope that stung inside my knee, then after it healed I had been able to cycle just fine (the seat post height should be that the knee is fully extended), although I have had to manage with a knee brace for the excessive walking which I do also. But about a month ago I fell from a motorcycle and the knee got injured in the general ACL area and its been a month without exercising on the cycle now. I was hoping that after the acute phase of the healing is over I would be able to cycle but when I tried yesterday it still pains in the frontal ACL area when pressing down the pedal if I increase the resistance. Also while pedalling back up there is some sort of a slight clicking sensation in the middle of the knee joint, not in the front, which is a new type of pain that is noticed after this more recent injury. These 3 years I had been able to cycle, and I thought this new injury last month should be just an impact injury without causing any more severing but I'm now getting concerned, and losing the ability to do the only form of exercise I have been able to. Any advice on what could be going on?

Last edited by walkingCorpse; 03-05-22 at 10:43 PM.
walkingCorpse is offline  
Old 03-05-22, 10:30 PM
  #2  
DangerousDanR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Fargo ND
Posts: 386

Bikes: Lynskey R350, Ritchey Breakaway, Ritchey Double Switchback, Lynskey Ridgeline, ICAN Fatbike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Liked 187 Times in 107 Posts
Yes. See someone who can take an MRI of that knee and tell you what the issue is. Nobody can tell you what is injured without an accurate image of the inside of your knee.
DangerousDanR is offline  
Likes For DangerousDanR:
Old 03-09-22, 12:46 PM
  #3  
Bmach
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,019
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 408 Post(s)
Liked 206 Times in 131 Posts
How can you heal without knowing what the problem is? How did you know you tore your ACL the first time? A torn ACL will not heal on its own. You need to get that knee checked out by a doctor.
Bmach is offline  
Likes For Bmach:
Old 03-30-22, 05:04 PM
  #4  
63rickert
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 1,949
Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1011 Post(s)
Liked 294 Times in 221 Posts
Sounds a lot like when I tore my ACL. Pain went away in a couple days and I stopped thinking about it. Went to the orthopedist four years later. One of the first things he said was most young guys (I was one once) in my position only make it three years. It did not heal, you have just been relying on collateral strength in other places.

Nearly all ACL injuries can be handled with just a few simple exercises. Don’t fake it on your own. Go to the doctor, go to the physical therapist. If your doctor is a surgery-only doctor get another doctor. The docs who don’t do surgery at all are called sports orthopedists. That’s a board certified title. They know better than anyone who really does have to have surgery because they lose real fast when they attempt to treat someone with physical therapy when that patient really did require the knife.

Skiers and other competitors use physical therapy for ACL because they are back in training and back in competition far quicker than after surgery. Thirty years later I have to remember to do my exercises for a couple days about twice a year. My nephew who was a World Cup skier blew out both knees more than once and is therapy only, same as all the guys he used to race.
63rickert is offline  
Likes For 63rickert:
Old 03-31-22, 04:38 AM
  #5  
livedarklions
High Performance Noodler
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 12,684

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 56 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6619 Post(s)
Liked 6,360 Times in 3,594 Posts
See a doctor. Blindly trying stuff and seeing if it works could make everything worse. /thread
livedarklions is offline  
Old 03-31-22, 05:10 AM
  #6  
Jeff Neese
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 641
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 321 Post(s)
Liked 221 Times in 145 Posts
You might have better luck if you could find a forum dedicated to orthopedic medicine, not a bicycle-related forum. All you're going to get here are personal experiences and anecdotal stories.

Better yet, just ask your orthopedic doctor what the MRI actually shows, and follow their advice. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea, but you're not going to get that here.
Jeff Neese is offline  
Old 03-31-22, 07:13 AM
  #7  
livedarklions
High Performance Noodler
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 12,684

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 56 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6619 Post(s)
Liked 6,360 Times in 3,594 Posts
Originally Posted by Jeff Neese View Post
Better yet, just ask your orthopedic doctor what the MRI actually shows, and follow their advice. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea, but you're not going to get that here.
Yes, doctor! It's an aggravated knee injury, they're always complicated.

Au contraire, he may get many, many opinions here, they'll just be contradictory and ill-informed.

Wait long enough and someone will suggest supplements, another pickle juice, another a "good" weight loss diet, another will suggest adjusting the saddle height, and someone will blame the knee pain on a driver's cell phone use.
livedarklions is offline  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 03-31-22, 07:21 AM
  #8  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 34,182
Mentioned: 202 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15528 Post(s)
Liked 9,540 Times in 4,673 Posts
Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Wait long enough and someone will suggest supplements, another pickle juice, another a "good" weight loss diet, another will suggest adjusting the saddle height, and someone will blame the knee pain on a driver's cell phone use.


I blame the victim.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 03-31-22, 08:11 AM
  #9  
prj71
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 3,650
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2166 Post(s)
Liked 681 Times in 455 Posts
I always consult a bike forum before the doctor when I need medical advice.

ACLs don't heal. They need to be replaced surgically. I have had ACL surgery on both knees.
prj71 is offline  
Likes For prj71:
Old 04-02-22, 10:44 AM
  #10  
work4bike
Senior Member
 
work4bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Atlantic Beach Florida
Posts: 1,596
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2609 Post(s)
Liked 551 Times in 411 Posts
Originally Posted by walkingCorpse View Post
3 years ago I had my right knee ACL torn by falling right over a tight rope that stung inside my knee, then after it healed I had been able to cycle just fine (the seat post height should be that the knee is fully extended), although I have had to manage with a knee brace for the excessive walking which I do also. But about a month ago I fell from a motorcycle and the knee got injured in the general ACL area and its been a month without exercising on the cycle now. I was hoping that after the acute phase of the healing is over I would be able to cycle but when I tried yesterday it still pains in the frontal ACL area when pressing down the pedal if I increase the resistance. Also while pedalling back up there is some sort of a slight clicking sensation in the middle of the knee joint, not in the front, which is a new type of pain that is noticed after this more recent injury. These 3 years I had been able to cycle, and I thought this new injury last month should be just an impact injury without causing any more severing but I'm now getting concerned, and losing the ability to do the only form of exercise I have been able to. Any advice on what could be going on?
I Think I have/had a Torn Meniscus

^^^Thread on my possible torn meniscus^^^

Not too long ago I injured what I believe was my right medial (innner) meniscus, but after sometime I also believe I injured my ACL as well. I do feel pain on my meniscus at times when I do twisting motion; however, when I fully squat down (all the way), I feel discomfort in the back of my knee, leading me to believe I also injured the ACL.

At one point, shortly after I injured my knee, it was locking up bad, even locked up on a bike ride. However, that locking is now a thing of the past and I simply have discomfort on the meniscus, but the discomfort in the back of knee is gone...until last week when I attempted to do some squatting. I didn't attempt anything crazy, but squatted about 300lbs and felt fine, until the next day. No pain, but the discomfort is back now when I squat Ass to Grass (all the way down).

I can still cycle pain free, but this has probably lengthened my recovery for getting back running at full capacity. My point is, if something is causing pain, I would stop it and find another exercise to do what does not cause too much pain. For me, that is working out with machines vs free weights -- then get back into free weights, a little more cautiously. And continue doing very slow, easy runs.

Luckily I can ride with no problems, but it wasn't like that for about a month. I would seriously consider NOT using a knee brace. I know I could have reduced the pain I had in the early days by using a knee brace, but I wanted to allow myself to feel the pain, so I could adjust.
work4bike is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.