I’ve always considered myself to be an active person – a “weekend warrior” who enjoys staying active and participating in various activities such as sports leagues.
I was trying out for a spot on a team in a Houston-based baseball league. I jumped up to catch a fast-traveling line drive that got hit straight over my shortstop position. That’s when I heard a loud “pop” followed by some pretty intense pain in my right knee. I immediately knew that something wasn’t right.
Numbness and swelling soon set in. Then I noticed I had instability in my knee when I walked.
I went to see my primary care physician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. After an examination, I was referred to Dr. Anup Shah, an Orthopedic surgeon, also with Kelsey-Seybold.
Dr. Shah made the diagnosis: I had a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a partial tear in my meniscus.
Like a breath of fresh air, Dr. Shah was personable, attentive and knowledgeable. He explained how the ACL helps protect the meniscus, your knee’s “shock absorber.” He said the most common cause of ACL rupture is a traumatic force being applied to the knee in a twisting moment. He said it usually occurs while side-stepping, pivoting or landing from a jump. This, of course, was exactly what happened to me.
He told me he enjoys treating athletes of all ages and helping them get back into their game after an injury and that this was one of the reasons he went into Orthopedics.
Dr. Shah explained how a torn ACL can cause your knee to give way or buckle during physical activity. I remember him telling me that I could essentially live without a repaired ACL, but that would limit my ability to stay active.
Dr. Shah told me the ramifications of injury went beyond sports. He said if I was planning on being a parent and having kids, there was the chance I couldn’t be very active with them – like chasing them around, teaching them sports and things like that. I think this was the aspect that became my main concern – and became my deciding factor to have surgery and repair the injury. Suddenly, it became a no-brainer: I opted for surgery and for Dr. Shah to do it.
The surgery went well. Dr. Shah took a piece of my hamstring and used it to reconstruct and reconnect my torn ACL.
He explained that if I wanted to get back to my pre-injury level, remain active and play baseball, softball, and other activities, I would need to rehabilitate my knee.
After about two weeks post-op, I started rehabilitation. Today, I’m doing great. I’m on track to being active again. I know I’ll get back to my pre-injury level and reclaim the quality of life I had.