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Old 05-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Recovery is dependent on the type of repair surgery.
Cadaver is the quickest healing and Patella Tendon is the longest.

A knee brace helps a lot (I like the CTI)

The biggest thing is the mental aspect - it takes awhile to really use your leg like you use to
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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How exactly did you guys have your diagnosis made? Do you have to have a MRI scan in order to know if you've done serious damage to any of the tissue? I've been having problems with my knee since i injured it the first time while skateboarding at 15. It was really swollen and stiff. Since then, i've twisted it a whole bunch of times, but every time i went to see a doctor, (it was usually when i could walk and run and do stuff, i was just worried about sports) i'd get therapy in terms of laser, magnet, electrodes and ultra sound.
I never ever managed to do the exercise for more than a week because i am a retarded moron.

The reason why im asking is that i was never sent to an MRI. I've had a bunch of xrays done, usually right after i injure it. The doctors usually grab above and below my knee, move it, tell me that i have a knee of a 60 year old, and send me to therapy and exercise
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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get a mri - it will show whats going on. X-ray wont show it.

you might have to get nasty to get one. they are $$$ and depending on your insurance - the cost may come out of the doctors risk pool (btw, x-rays are dirt cheap)
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It seems that it's free here if you get an orthopedist's opinion. I'm scheduled for an exam next week. I'm just under the impression that the doctors had done a half-ass job when i was in question. Kinda makes sense since i live in a crappy 3rd world country of Serbia. It's just that, i've been having issues with my knee for ever, and i still can't spill out any of the ACL MCL QCL JFK lateral menial ligaments crossed terms to describe my woes. I just know i have a bad knee.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:46 AM   #15 (permalink)
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They cant see ligaments on an X-ray..that's why you need an MRI.You really should do the leg exercises.I have also found that taking MSM/Glucosamine has helped also.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:01 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I took something called "glucosaminosulfat" i think, for 2 months, but i'm not sure what sort of a change you should feel. I went to see an orthopedist (is that what they're called) and again he took less than a minute to examine me. While holding my thigh, he was moving my calf and it can bend in all directions, but it doesn't hurt. If i understood correctly that means that I've extended my ligaments but they aren't torn otherwise it should hurt. The similar to knee popping thing sounds to him like it might be a torn menial disc. He wrote me a paper that I can use to get an MRI for free, but it might take a while since there's a waiting list. But, even with the paper, he told me that i shouldn't do it until i start getting problems with the knee again. Since they haven't really stopped since the last injury (i can't do a proper squad and i train kendo) i think im going to go for it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:01 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I get injections in my kneecaps.
Home | ORTHOVISC

i've had popping knees since i was 12 and was hit by a vw bug.

IM me for more info.
i have lot's of info.

my problem is my knees give out, snap, crackle pop, and it's the knee cap, the thin little cartalige is like shredded cheese under there.

Physical therapy works wonders, build your theigh and quad muscles, bike riding, avoid running and high impact sports.

Google knee injuries,
mine is called CMP controplaciaPatella.
not sure on the spelling.

best of luck, there are about 5 injections that are like w-d 40 under the knee cap. orthovisc works for me for almost 10 months. synvisc is another, and halgyn is the other i tried, last 4-6 months.

it's made from rooster comb protien and it works wonders to lube the knee cap.

see your doctor, and ask about orthovisc.
Avoid Cortozoine injections at all costs!!they tend to distroy tissue, bone, etc.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I have MCL damage and am supposed to be 'with pain' for 4-6 months.theres nothing really that can be done to heal it quicker. Apparently you wotn really damage teh ligament anymore moving and workign it, the area may just be weaker, as you may be favouring teh joint without even realising. This must have been the case as i came down after 1'ing a fence bonk and must have been twistign still when the weight came down on my bad knee...BOOOM havnt been able to walk the past three days.

pretty sure its my season ender. as soon as im home ill be having some physio and doing all i can to (atleast) mentally get my head back into shredding before the 10/11 canadian season
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:20 PM   #19 (permalink)
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knee injuries are one of those injuries that are hard to heal. basically you really cant not use the knee like you can a broken hand or arm. i tore my cartilage(meniscus) almost in half in one knee and tore the other knee pretty good at the same time(used to play soccer and planted my feet to turn which didnt work out well) just like any other injury the best thing you can do is stay away from stressful activites to the injury and do your rehab until it is complete. i neglected to do those two things and now i have almost perminant pain in my knees that really doesnt go away. another thing listen to your doctors and dont do anything you dont feel comfortable with
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:43 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I have sprained my right MCL twice while snowboarding. The injuries were almost precisely one year apart, at the same mountain, on the same run. It sucked, and both injuries ended my season. Fortunately, both times were in late March so I didn't lose that much riding time. Last year I didn't have any injuries.

It took about 4-6 months to recover from my sprains. I did a lot of stationary bike riding, squats (heavy and light), leg extensions, deadlifts etc. during my recovery. It feels solid now, though occassionally if I go on a long hike or do lots of climbing I still feel a weird sensation in my right MCL/knee area. It's not quite painful but it's not a good feeling. As far as snowboarding goes, I find that having had those right knee injuries has forced me to ride with better technique (both sprains were partially due to poor riding technique). I don't generally get any pain while riding.

DO NOT RUSH YOUR RECOVERY! You shouldn't have any problems getting back on the mountain if you take it slow and easy. The knee can take a long time to heal, especially the ligaments, because of the low amount of blood that gets delivered to that area of the body. Trying to push your knee hard before it is ready will most likely end with you hurting it again, with possibly worse results.

I can't even think about my knee injuries without getting at least a little bit queasy. I am a lot more careful now because I am not willing to senselessly risk an injury that prevents me from being active.
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