Part one…Case History. The Cliche of the Weekend Warrior.

I actually injured my achilles 10 days ago, and just had surgery two days ago. While lying in bed, I was doing some research and came across Dennis’s blog, which looked helpful and interesting as I too ruptured my AT playing basketball, and I thought I might add some of my own thoughts on this blog, as there have been some differences already in our cases. 

To begin at the beginning… 

I am a 52 year-old male who has been playing competitive basketball for over 40 years. I have had other exotic basketball-related injuries in the past, such as avulsion fractures where the ligaments were actually torn off the bone in the ankle. Twice. Nevertheless, I continue to play, two or three times a week, full-court, for about two hours each time, mostly with players much younger than I. Although I am not nearly the player I once was, I remain in very good shape and am still close to the top tier. I run hard from the start of the games to the finish.

About five years ago, I started to develop pain in the backs of both of my ankles. It became difficult for me to play through the pain, and I inquired into it with a distant family relative who is an orthopedist. She pronounced it achilles tendonitis, and when I asked her if there was anything to do about it, shrugged me off by saying: “stretch more.” Admittedly, at that time, I was not doing much stretching. I checked in with the brother of a friend who was doing his residency in sports medicine at UCLA and he seconded the opinion that it was indeed achilles tendonitis, and when I asked him about treatment, confirmed that stretching would be the best thing. I also checked in with a chiropractor and an acupuncturist, who offered differing opinions on the physiological mechanics of what was happening but seemed to agree that the hamstrings in both legs were extremely tight, and that I also my have had calcifications. The chiro also recommended orthotics and fitted me for them, and gave me a series of stretches to do on my own. I also enrolled in my first yoga class, taking “slow stretch yoga” with about seven geriatric ladies, which seemed perfect for my tight leg hammies. The yogi too gave me some stretches to do on my own.
After a bit, the tendinitis seemed to abate. If the backs of my ankles got sore, I would simply stop playing. I also regularly wore the orthotics in my bball shoes. 

(To be continued in Part Two…)

4 Responses to “Part one…Case History. The Cliche of the Weekend Warrior.”

  1. Hi Stephen,

    Simliar story. I hoop about 3 times a week have been playing all my life am 33 now. Had my surgery yesterday. Doing better today, threw up last night and was not very comfortable. Tonight as I write this I am doing good. How are you doing?

    Jason

  2. Jason,
    Feeling better now too, thanks. Are you taking the narcotics? That might be causing the nausea. I am trying to wean off. I am still in a splint and finding it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position.
    I will blog more tomorrow.
    Keep your spirits up. We’ll stay in touch.

    Stephen

  3. Yeah I am on percocet 5-325. I am told to take no more than 2 every 4 hours. Right after surgery I was taking 2 every 4-5 hours did that for about 3 cycles, now I just take one every 5-6 hours. I too am trying to wean off them. I am going to try to take just 2 today. I popped my first one about a half hour ago. Last night was my second night post surgery and was much better than my first. My first night I was up vomitting, think it was a the GA wearing off. I slept only 2 hours the first night, slept about 8 last night. Feeling much better today, I have a hard time getting my ankle comfortable as well. Its mainly wear the scar rubs against the against the cast but it is tolerable and I am grateful b/c my head feels good for the the first time. Looking forward to a nice relaxing day on the couch.

    So your in a splint? No cast?
    Jason

  4. Jason,
    Yes, I was splinted. I am supposed to go to my dr. today for a post-op and have it casted. He is a pretty aggressive guy. Although, I had a prescription filled for percocet, I don’t like the way it makes me feel and didn’t want to take it. Instead I took a combination of hydrocodone and Ultram. I also had a difficult time finding a comfortable sleeping position last night, and was told that the cast is lighter than the split. Only problem is that it is pouring out today, and I’m not sure about walking around in the rain on crutches three days out from surgery. I will blog about all this today.

    Stephen

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