I hurt my knee pretty badly a few weeks ago - according to a doctor and a chiropractor, I've apparently strained my ACL.
I'd been doing so well with exercising, I was working out 5-6 days a week and feeling great. I'd started Couch to 5k and was loving it. Since I hurt my knee, I've barely worked out because it either hurts too much, or I'm terrified I'm going to hurt it more. Every time I feel like it's better, something happens to remind me that it's really NOT. This morning I was jogging (barely) through a snow storm to get to my car, and all of a sudden I got horrible pains in my knee (I didn't twist it or anything!) and almost fell because of it. And it's been sore and a little swollen all day now.
I was supposed to do a team marathon in June but now I think I'll have to back out of it, which really sucks because I wanted to do it so badly.
Anyway, enough rambling. Has anyone out there strained their ACL before and have any tips on how to "fix" it? I went to the chiropractor and he did some stuff, but it didn't help much, so I'm not really sure how I feel about going back...I've been doing some stretches he showed me, and they felt like they were helping, but then it seems if I move it even slightly in the wrong direction, it sets me way back in my recovery. I've been walking, because it's the only cardio I can handle right now, but my knee is always sore for hours after.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I just really want to get back on the treadmill and start running again.