OK, its been a while so time for another update. She has been back playing hockey around 4 or 5 weeks now, she went away and umpired at the State PSSA carnival ok, knee has been really really good - main thing she has with it is the after sport pain - generally no swelling, but she says it canes after she finishes her sport.
The ankle has not been so good - back to physio - it is a really high, grade 2 sprain, I can see the improvement in her running, though still not back to where she was, and she can only run so far before it (the ankle) hurts, though the length of the distance is getting longer every week.
She started back at squad swim training tonight - knee caned during and after swimming and the ankle at swimming, had trouble wearing her finns, and tossed them after 2, 25m laps - so might see about getting her some different ones to see if they make a difference.
All going well she can start dancing again in about a month, so yes the recovery has taken a little longer, but mainly due to the ankle injury.
So how long will the post sport pain in the knee disappears? Other than pain relief and ice, which she refuses both of, what else can I do to help her?
alright so we are almost 12 months since surgery now.
In January she told me that she could finally squat without pain. Still has a little standing up but can't tell me where - kids!
She has done alright with her sport, but no where near the level she was pre injury - and we have found she has developed some "quirks".
We have had 4 months of sprint coaching last year, which identified she turns her foot to the right when she walks - doesn't do it when she runs, and when she runs she doeasn't pick her knees up and tends to send the right foot to the side to compensate. So we have had new orthodics made as well.
these are all things that have developed as the injury was untreated for too long a time. I was speaking to her surgeon at work the other week and I said if I knew then what I did now I would not wait as long as we did - I would recommend it be done asap.
She has started her winter season of hockey, and is a fair way behind due to her running not being up to speed behind the other girls, she is however working hard at training - she and she is playing 3 times a week.
so hopefully by the end of the year she will return to where she was - so frustrating as I see glimpses of a decent running style but it is yet to be consistant - but I hope I'm correct when I say I can see that it is coming
You may want to consider seeing a sports physician to identify other issues and other things that may help her