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Hello lovely people ..who have been super supportive 😀....saw my new consultant yesterday ...Christopher Bailey in Hampshire , seems to know his stuff and is much nicer and easier to talk to than previous consultant ....now tibial plateau fracture healed , ACL reconstruction scheduled for 2 May ..saw MRI of ACL and will try and upload it if I can figure out how ...Lachman test positive , coupled with 'snap' sound and instability opting for surgery so I am good for next season ....any advice about long rehab very welcome ...I have managed to get on a static bike now so ROM pretty good but leg strength puny !
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@Skiingruby, I have heard it is nigh on impossible to build muscle without the ACL. Do what you can before the op bit is is scary how much muscle too loose! Tbh I only equalised my muscle mass when I wrecked my OTHER knee years later. Embarassed
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Best of luck with the op
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Thank you x
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@NickyJ, I think you must be able to build up muscle strength (mass a separate issue but can't see fundamental issue either) as it's an effective prerequisite of rehab pre ACLR or as part of rehab for living without one. You can still do pretty much all exercises, no biochemical or physiological reason that I'm aware of once healing processes and swelling finished.
I hope so, anyway - I'm already equalised, with no ACL either side!

@Skiingruby, best of luck with op & rehab.
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@Skiingruby, good luck. From having been through it it is good to get your hamstrings in good condition - strong and supple - beforehand. That will mean they can take a good graft, give you good residual strength post-op and good length as it will be a few months before you can stretch them at all. The other muscle that gets hit is the VMO - the tennis ball sized muscle on the inside of the knee on top that shows when you straighten your leg fully. That is the one that will waste a lot as it gets affected badly by swelling and only really engages when you have got full straightening sorted out after a couple of months.

Post op - focus more on swelling and ROM than strength. Get them sorted and the strength will return quicker. Building muscle with a swollen knee is like pushing water uphill.

Best of luck.
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