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Old 05-10-2010, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone ever had one? im just curious as to how it feels riding again once it healed up. any weakness or anything? i tore my acl and mcl in late feb, and had surgery about a month ago. ive been doing all the rehab and physical therapy, and i absolutely cannot wait until next season. i wanted to start a thread just to see if anyone on the site has gone through the process, and how it feels now. thanks!
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had one and now i am gain in action and never have any problem. However it depends upon the injury itself if it will let you do the same again or not.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yea, i've never personally torn acl/mcl, but your long term recovery is somewhat unpredictable. doing the rehab without cutting corners is your best shot at a full recovery, but sometimes tears change what you're capable of; i got a bad ankle sprain a while back and i don't think i'll ever feel quite as agile playing soccer or basketball. it's not a big hit in performance, but i do feel somewhat hindered.
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thanks guys, i appreciate the replies. i'm not rushing my recovery by any means, but i'm making pretty good progress and i cannot wait for next season to start. i just want to get over that mental barrier of worrying about it, and i want to ride like i did prior to blowing out my knee. i plan on wearing a brace for sure
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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mate ive done that and a little cartilage damage, i was off training and on physio for about 4 months and it wasnt improving so i got cortizone injected, it still gets sore and puffy when i run or do any exercise on it. i've been told it's never the same but to compensate you need to build the muscles around them because you would have lax around the joint making it easy to do it again...
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I blew my whole knee 1 year ago. ACL + MCL + Meniscus (partial tears only though - no surgery). I didn't feel comfortable doing hardcore things for a roughly a year.

I started running again about 7 months later (6-8 kilometers). I wore a walmart brace for that, swelled up just a tiny bit. Nothing too bad. Then I got a real brace made with my measures, bla bla. Wore it once and tossed it in the closet lol. Needless to say, they suck.

The first few times I snowboarded this season I felt it. The day after, my knee would feel like it would be full of air kinda, I would just feel that urge to *crack* it. Once I cracked it I'd be good. Weird..

If I don't go rough with my knee I'm fine. If I get heavy impacts snowboard/skateboard, I feel it the next day.

I don't really care, I'm assuming it'll just got away someday as these things take a long time to heal.

***** REMEMBER!! Physio is pointless is you don't do your exercises at home. The recovery phase is CRUCIAL, do everything the doc says, no matter how redundant/tedious/boring it may be.

The doc told me that lots of ppl tear their knee ligaments and still manage to win gold medals. Don't worry.

Get well soon mate!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I blew my whole knee 1 year ago. ACL + MCL + Meniscus (partial tears only though - no surgery). I didn't feel comfortable doing hardcore things for a roughly a year.

I started running again about 7 months later (6-8 kilometers). I wore a walmart brace for that, swelled up just a tiny bit. Nothing too bad. Then I got a real brace made with my measures, bla bla. Wore it once and tossed it in the closet lol. Needless to say, they suck.

The first few times I snowboarded this season I felt it. The day after, my knee would feel like it would be full of air kinda, I would just feel that urge to *crack* it. Once I cracked it I'd be good. Weird..

If I don't go rough with my knee I'm fine. If I get heavy impacts snowboard/skateboard, I feel it the next day.

I don't really care, I'm assuming it'll just got away someday as these things take a long time to heal.

***** REMEMBER!! Physio is pointless is you don't do your exercises at home. The recovery phase is CRUCIAL, do everything the doc says, no matter how redundant/tedious/boring it may be.

The doc told me that lots of ppl tear their knee ligaments and still manage to win gold medals. Don't worry.

Get well soon mate!
thanks for the response. im glad to hear from some people who went through the same thing. i dont really mind dealing with the pain at all, i was just more concerned with injuring it again when riding. ill have to make sure i build up the muscles around it like brujito said. it sucked when ever i blew my knee out because i was going through some tree runs after one of the huge storms we got out here. no one was around at all and i had to attempt to unstrap in waist deep snow and climb out of the woods, haha. add to that i tried to ride back down switch since i didnt want to be that guy taken away by ski patrol.

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Old 05-16-2010, 11:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I just sprained mine[knee] recently[Dr thought I had torn the MCL...MRI was neg]Like they say ,sprains can be worse than a break.I agreeabout the P.Therapy,mine has gotten better since I started doing the PT,hopefully I will be back at work soon[that's where I did it]I am gettin tired of sitting around the house doing exersises.
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I shattered my left knee on a motorcycle almost 20 years ago. 3 months in hospital and 18 months off work (Thank god I still got full pay). I had three ops over that time and it took me almost 3 years to get enough strength and stamina back to be able to run 5kms in a decent time.

If I run too much now, then after a week or two it starts to ache all the time. If I back off the running it comes good again. When I started snowboarding it caused me lots of grief. Swelling, aching, ACL aching and numbness in my foot. I found out later the numbness was caused by the swelling in the knee trapping the foot nerves that ran through it. Swelling went down and the foot numbness went away about 5 days after boarding.

I learnt four things.

1. ABSOLUTELY do all your Physio exercises and do them correctly, it makes a HUGE difference.
2. For boarding, get to the gym or something and do leg work to build up the supporting muscles.
3. ACL's can be re-injured easily
4. Avoid Cortisone if at all possible, Yes, it relieves pain, but it also weakens the tendon strength which can lead to the ACL pulling off of the bone.

I was really suprised at how well my knee was this year in Japan, it hardly ached at all and I put this down to pre-snowboard trip training. Lots of squats and leg extensions, jogging and cycling, lunges and stretching. I got the exercises off of YouTube believe it or not.

I will board until I need a new knee, which according to my ortho surgeon, should have been done 20 years ago when I shattered the knee joint. I am hoping by the time I have to, that the docs will have come up with something knew to fix knees like mine. If they can spin silk from DNA altered Goat's milk, then growing knee joints can't be too far off.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I injured my right knee somehow a month ago. Could have been running, playing cricket, or snowboarding... don't know. Anyways, it used to click and get sore a lot initially, but seems to be getting better , with clicking only if I squat all the way down. Doctor didn't find anything cracked in the x-rays, and am going for MRI this week. It's depressing not being able to workout fully, but I am taking it easy, and hoping I don't need surgery lol.
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