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ACL Injury

Hi, my name is Elle.  I am your typical 13-year-old.  I love exploring the outdoors, playing soccer, and being with friends and family.  In December 2019, at the age of 12, I tore my ACL and meniscus while doing what I love, playing soccer.  I was devasted, to say the least.  The one thing I knew for sure, I wanted my knee fixed as soon as possible.

Fast forward to January 2020.  My parents and I met with several doctors, one of whom was Dr. Chahla.  I knew right away after that initial office visit with him, Dr. Chahla was the best choice for me (and hopefully my parents).  He was very clear with me what I needed to do before surgery and explained the ACL reconstruction surgery in a way I could understand.

I had the surgery on January 3rd, 2020.  It’s been a hard and challenging road from pre-op physical therapy, surgery, post-op physical therapy, and now return to sport strengthening.  Dr. Chahla and his team were very specific as to how hard and often I needed to work as well as setting realistic goals.  He told me from the beginning that it will be a 9-month recovery process.  I would love to have proven him wrong, but he was right.

My ACL and meniscus injury has made me a stronger person mentally and physically.  Thanks to Dr. Chahla and his amazing staff, I was able to fully recover and get back to doing what I love, playing SOCCER!

At a Glance

Dr. Jorge Chahla

  • Triple fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon
  • Performs over 500 surgeries per year
  • Assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Rush University
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