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lasting effects of ligament tears

domingodingoddomingodingo Posts: 1
In May of 2011 I suffered an injury while playing volleyball. I jumped up to block a spike, and when I came down from the jump I landed on my friend's foot. I heard a slight pop and then I was on the ground in some pretty excruciating pain. It turns out that I partially tore two ligaments in my right ankle. Upon looking at the test results, doctors said that it was very close to a complete tear without actually being one. I spent nearly 2 months on crutches, did physical therapy, then went away for my first semester of college in the fall. At this point physical therapy stopped and I was exposed to much more walking than I had been used to. It also didn't help that my campus was very hilly, and nearly any walk I made was either up a hill or down one.

The pain worsened in 2012. It spread from my foot and ankle into my calf and my knee. Each day I would feel this pain, which got worse and worse as time went on. In 2013, it started affecting my hip too. Every day was filled with pretty bad pain throughout my whole leg. It got to the point where I would choose to be hungry rather than walk down the hill to eat. Sometimes it even affected my attendance in class.

In my time off from school (winter breaks and summer vacations) during 2012 and 2013, I had multiple x-rays and MRI's done to see what the problem was. Both avenues turned up no results. I also went back to physical therapy a few separate times, which was helpful for those few weeks, but became meaningless back at school. Becoming increasingly frustrated, I mentioned surgery to my doctor at the end of 2013. He was actually open to it, and during the following spring semester, I had a decision to make.

After listening to all the pros and cons, the risks, and the recovery information, I elected to have the surgery. Nearly 3 years from the exact date of the original injury, I had orthoscopic surgery on my right ankle to fix my problems.

The surgery was supposed to fix the every day pain I felt in my leg, and it did! I thought I was on my way to a full recovery, but when it was time to go back to school for my senior year, I was incredibly nervous. My leg was no longer in pain, but it was very weak. You could see the difference in muscle definition and overall size. I still had the hilly walks to make but I had a weak leg. I went to they gym a few times but the difference between my left leg and right leg was too large to effectively strengthen it with weight lifting. The only thing I could do was the Home Exercise Program my physical therapist gave to me.

So here we are, July 2015... just over one year since the surgery and my leg is in good condition but hasn't improved since physical therapy last summer. I feel like there is a simple answer as to why my leg still feels weak, but nobody can seem to find it. Personally, I think it has something to do with the alignment of my hip/back or something to do with the way my leg moves in my hip joint. When I sit, my legs hang differently. When I lose my balance, it is always my left leg that I fall to. When I flex my leg muscles, I can feel my left leg working the "right" way, and simply little to no feeling of the muscle working in my right leg. I have mentioned going to a chiropractor, going to accupressure and accupuncture, and even having another MRI on my knee.

The bottom line is that my leg still feels different and that I am still unhappy. After 4 years of inactivity and anger, I am hoping someone out there can point me in the right direction, because my doctor and physical therapist keep telling me to ask the other what to do.

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