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Posted: 9/7/2004 2:32:31 AM EDT
Flanking a couple of bogeys to the left, running mad dash about 20 yards under heavy fire. Hit a wet branch on the ground and my leg hyperextended backwards --- POP!

Scrambled behind the tree I was aiming for and called out. Nearly blacked out from pain.

I figured I'd ice it down for the rest of the day to see what the net result was... and here I am at 6:30am EST headed to the ER for x-rays.

This sucks bigtime, but I had a blast getting it.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 2:48:02 AM EDT
Ouch, hope it heals up ok mate.

Never had any serious injuries playing paintball, but it's always a blast playing.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 2:54:38 AM EDT
Had a few injuries playing football back in the day (no broken bones luckily) but so far, my limited paintball career has been injury free. I did manage to sprain my friggin ankle while jogging a few weeks ago when I planted my foot on a stone that gave way, allowing me to turn the ankle. Just now getting back to walking more normally. If you're active, such things will result eventually. Hopefully you get healed up quick and get back in action soon.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 3:02:42 AM EDT
That is one painful, sickening experience.
I hope you heal quickly from it.
Did the thought cross your mind "I'm too old for this shit..."?
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 3:21:19 AM EDT
have fun with the imobalizer on your leg ,it sux major trust me on this one
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:06:19 AM EDT
Man you've got to be careful, you're not as young as you USED to be. My neighbor dislocated her knee, now she walks with a slight limp.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 5:08:36 AM EDT
Yikes... man one time it felt like I was about to hyperextend my knee playing paintball. My knee hurt for weeks, in fact it still doesn't feel the same. Hope you heal up man.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:09:35 AM EDT
Well... the x-ray results are in... nothing cracked or chipped, but the evidence points to a torn ACL. Of course I have to have an MRI done to know that for sure... so it's off to the orthopedic specialist I go...
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:50:31 AM EDT
Ben: BTDT... Whatever you do, obey your physical therapist. It will hurt like hell... but you will get through it 100% with no limp if you do what they say.

I had a reconstruction years ago and didn't initially follow the orders (hey, I was like 15, I was stupid)... It takes longer to get back to normal if you don't do it right away.

Ugh, you never ever forget that sick wet pop sound of your knee dislocating... I had it happen four times.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:05:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:17:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
Ben: BTDT... Whatever you do, obey your physical therapist. It will hurt like hell... but you will get through it 100% with no limp if you do what they say.

Big huge +1

I tore the inside ligament in my right knee while sparing a few years ago. Roughly 3 months later I walked, without a limp, in my wedding. I had an excellent physical therapist named Ed. He said “I am going to hurt you, but, you’ll walk with out a limp when I am done.”

Ed was right on both counts.

Full recovery took about 6 months. Plan accordingly.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:24:16 AM EDT
old football player.

been there done that.

I feel your pain.

+1 on do what the PT says to do, then do one more. It'll be worth it later.

oh yeah, glucosamine chondroitin and advil are your friends
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:26:50 AM EDT
I dislocated my knee back in high school, and i ended up tearing my medial miniscus. 8 weeks in a straight leg brace and crutches. 2 weeks after i was off the brace, i jumped off a haystack and did it again.

Both times i put my knee back into place myself. The first time i kinda had to kick it back into place.

That knee is still way fucked up
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:54:09 AM EDT
Tore my ACL dirt bike riding yeas ago. Now I have a limp and my knee pops out of place all the time. ouch. Moral of the story...... get a good doctor and not the quack I ended up with.
Oh yes, that wonderful sickening sound of the knee poping out. Even heard it pop above the engine noise. ewwwww
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:54:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 8:56:00 AM EDT by chuck1]
sorry, double tap
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 9:00:38 AM EDT
I had that happen when I was about 12 years old. I was on crutches for 6 months. My knee was never the same after that. I still have problems from it.
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