I tore my ACL in 1981, playing college basketball.
I continued to stay active, playing tennis and women’s basketball in a church league for several years.
In 2004, I hurt my knee again playing women’s league basketball. You would think at 42, I would have given that sport up by now. But no……
So from age 42 until 51, I continued to have knee pain and a progression of deformities that made it difficult to stay active and even to play a little tennis on occasion. I tried the injections, which would help for a while, but the pain didn’t go away.
At this point I had so much genu varus “bowed” on my right leg. I was starting to fear that I would tear my LCL ligament it was so deformed. I began wearing an unloader brace to offset this for when I played tennis or any kind of activity.
So in January of 2014, I decided to have my knee replaced. Best decision I ever made!
I have little pain and my range of motion is so much better, than it was prior to the surgery. I had a very good therapist and I say that not because it is where I work. He truly did a great job. Not to take anything away from the surgeon. He did a great job!
I started physical therapy right after surgery -no home health or rehab hospital. Just physical therapy at its best. I went back to work at 3 weeks, light duty and back to work full duty at 6 weeks. I had no extreme pain after surgery and no extreme pain inflicted by my therapist. So all in all a positive experience and a great outcome.
I have 130 degrees flexion and 0 degrees extension. I can walk up and down stairs normally and I can do all things I love to do. I’ve been able to start back playing tennis and even played some beach volleyball since the surgery. Loving my new freedom with less pain with the activities I love.