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    Quote Originally Posted by shmathews View Post
    I completely severed my ACL in March 2007 during a black belt test. In April, I had a cadaver graft implanted. The recovery was a bear. I worked my rehab hard, and regained full mobility within two months- the PT was shocked at my range of motion. It took longer to gain strength. Two months after surgery, I was deadlifting 80 pounds. Now I'm pushing 400. For 18-20 months I would feel pain and weakness when doing explosive movement, like jumps. Now it's as good as ever.

    I have a friend who's an anesthesiologist, and he passed along a piece of advice that probably saved my marriage. As I was healing, I thought I was going crazy. I had constant pain, and extreme mood swings and anger issues. This is not like me. I told him about it, and he said that as the graft is bonding, there is a lot of nerve pain because new nerve endings are forming. He said that this amounts to "static" on the phone lines of the CNS- everything is out of whack because of the static. That's why I felt so crappy. His advice was to take 250 mg of Magnesium each day. I was back to myself in two days. I don't know why this works, but it does. Do yourself a favor and spend the $5.

    Good luck.
    Awesome share, there.

    Just wanted to note that both zinc and magnesium are often shorted in the diet - tho both are easy to get in the diet - and they make a big difference in some key things - like maintaining good testosterone levels for guys and also in terms of neurology they're pretty important.

    Here's a good piece that is almost a plain language read on why magnesium is important in terms of inflammation, pain perception and nervous system stability.
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    Default Patellar Tendon Graft

    I tore my right ACL/MCL/Medial meniscus (the angry triad) in 1989 playing college football. I underwent a patellar tendon graft for the ACL. With aggressive rehab through my football team's athletic trainers it still took me about 1 year to reach full recovery. I am not up to date concerning the recent literature comparing patellar tendon vs hamstring tendon vs cadaver tendon replacement but I can tell you my experience - I think the worse part of healing the patellar tendon graft is the actual patellar tendon harvest site. To this day (age 39) I have some trouble with kneeling on the right knee with pain at the tibial tuberosity. I also have an area of numbness just lateral to the tibial tuberosity due to a small peripheral nerve that was cut at the time of surgery. Otherwise, I have returned to full strength. I can squat deep without problems, however pistols on my injured knee do cause problems. Since completing the CK-FMS I have almost completely eliminated all knee pain in the surgically repaired knee by doing single leg dead lifts. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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