ACL Injury Update: In One Fell Swoop



“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.” ― Todd Stocker

Not a full on article, but someone recently suggested I post my anecdotes as is because even they could be helpful. I’m inclined to agree after what happened last Friday.

I was navigating the crowded streets of downtown Toronto after work, both eyes on my phone, doing about seven things at once. This is pretty normal behaviour for me but I was in an area that was a little bit unfamiliar. I missed a step and came down awkwardly on my operated leg.

Immediately, I felt a tinge in the corner and back of my knee and a sharp pain. Of course, I began to panic. As the paranoia set in, I felt the pain intensify with each passing step. I of course, assumed the worst. I, like many of you, have read the countless horror stories of people performing seemingly innocent activities and reinjuring their ACLs.

It wasn’t until I got to where I was going (phone now securely in my pocket) that I started to realize most of the pain was in my head. I had some lingering soreness in my hamstring and after doing some very thorough work-outs this week, could not reproduce the pain. I’ll provide an update after I meet with my PT next week, but sometimes, you just know.

Maybe it was a close call, it was definitely some paranoia, but there’s a lesson to be learned here.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the simple misstep could’ve spelled a much worse fate had I not been so diligent with my strengthening exercises, or if it had been raining, etc. It’s best not to think about the ‘what ifs’ because they can be quite scary.

My advice to all of you in a similar predicament, and really anyone who multi-tasks with their phone while navigating busy streets: it can probably wait.



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