I was playing competitive basketball last week, against younger guys of course, and we were winning, until I had a freak fall. I'm very coordinated so not sure what happenned went up for a block and came down on my right toes, my bodyweight went one way, my knee twisted as I had yet to get my full foot on the floor, felt a slight pop and I was immediately on the floor. No one thought it was serious because I'm an iron man and not one to get hurt. They carried my off the floor, but the idiot I am I tried to reenter the game as we were behind and help mount a second half comeback. That lasted all of me running down the court when I noticed I couldn't cut real well.
I immediately started icing the injury and the next day was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear. Spent the weekend on my back icing and elevating the leg. Never had an injury like this, but worry I will not be able to match my previous ass-kicking self. I am 30 so now maybe a good time to look at all activities. I plan on tearing it up in the future, so for now I am being real conservative with it, using crutches, as I can only take a half-step at this point. Been getting treatment from a chiropractor that deals with bullriders in the form of electro-muscle stimulation around the knee, laser, and some form of acupuncture to reduce swelling and help promote healing. The injury was a week ago today and I think its slowly getting better, or I'm slowly getting used to it.
I'm hoping it is a tear in the red zone where there is a small blood supply, as I'm hoping to avoid surgery. Next week I'm planning on doing some walks in the pool and maybe some stationary bike. Eventually I plan on hitting the Nautilus machines for upper-body before I start hitting the free weights again, but am abstaining from training to keep my energy for healing purposes. I realize I'm going to be out for couple months possibly, so thought I would vent my story out of frustration. I'm going to have to some rehab, but I don't want to lose my athletic ability and strength I've worked hard to obtain. At this point, I'm hoping to go the non-surgery route and use conservative treament. Has anyone else been through this or have any input. Thanks in advance, for the time being I'm sporting crutches, that can be a nice upperbody workout, and a stylish knee brace.