Mean Dogs, Knee Ligament Recovery, Now What?
an Interview with Chanette Young
Chanette was just walking the dogs. Two little Yorkies. As she does every day of her life. But this time was different. Two new dogs emerged along the route. Big dogs. Mean dogs. Headed her way. And instead of being stopped by an electric fence, which is the standard in Chanette’s suburban Missouri neighborhood, they just kept coming.
Alarmed, Chanette turned and began running for safety. Twenty steps later she fell in a small ravine and felt her knee go in all the wrong directions. She knew she had done some damage. What she did not know was that this was the beginning of a six month recovery journey that finally, blissfully, ended on The X10 Knee Recovery System™.
A bone contusion, or bone bruise, to your knee is more severe, but it features many of the same symptoms as a soft tissue contusion. A bone bruise occurs as a result of an injury to the surface of the bone beneath the soft tissue.
An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate (KROO-she-ate) ligament (ACL) — one of the major ligaments in your knee. ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops or changes in direction, jumping, and landing. This is a common knee ligament recovery.
A tear to the medial collateral ligament in the knee can cause pain, swelling, and a lack of stability in the knee. Treatment is usually with ice, a knee brace, and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary in rare cases. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) connects the bones in the thigh and lower leg.
Knee Ligament Recovery
Treatment of a ligament injury varies depending on its location and severity. Grade I sprains usually heal within a few weeks. Maximal ligament strength will occur after six weeks when the collagen fibers have matured. Resting from painful activity, icing the injury, and some anti-inflammatory medications are useful.
Chanette had to be patient with her recovery, but over time she found that she could make improvements in her knee flexion (bending). She found X10 and was able to get a machine quickly. Chanette made significant progress on the X10 prior to an arthroscopy/MUA. Following this procedure which got her to 120º range of motion, Chanette achieved 122º on the X10 machine.
Bella, Bentley, Chanette, and X10
Chanette’s own two dogs loved the X10… maybe a bit too much as you will hear in the interview above. Her ever-present companions helped her get through a knee ligament recovery and get back to walking them again. Once again all was right in the world.
To view some exercices that you can do at home for your knee recovery click here.
The X10 Meta-Blog
We call it a “Meta-Blog” because we step back and give you a broad perspective on all aspects of knee health, surgery and recovery such as this article on knee ligament recovery. To learn more about ACL and X10 click here.
In this one-of-a-kind blog we gather together great thinkers, doers, writers related to Knee Surgery, Recovery, Preparation, Care, Success and Failure. Meet physical therapists, coaches, surgeons, patients, and as many smart people as we can gather to create useful articles for you. Whether you have a surgery upcoming, in the rear-view mirror, or just want to take care of your knees to avoid surgery, you should find some value here.