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Old 01-28-2014, 09:02 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Sounds like you are getting close to riding again just take it one day at a time and you'll soon be boarding again. Keep it up!
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:07 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Thanks for the good vibes!!
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:31 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Days 13, 14, and 15

Range of motion continues to improve and am working on getting my leg flat when trying to straighten it out. Seems a bit stiff when I do that but it's getting better each day.

Shoveled some snow last night which seems to make my knee angry but not much I can do about it. Took some ibuprofen and iced it and it was OK this morning.

Went to see the orthopedist today and got my stitches removed. My knee feels much better with the stitches out, the pull on my skin was creating more pain than anything else which is a bit odd. The only pain that I feel in the joint now is when I hyperextend it which the doc thinks will go away as soon as I can get my leg to completely straighten without any pain. I saw the photos of the inside of my knee - they were pretty cool and I'm trying to get my hands on digital copies of them. The doc removed about 25% of my medial meniscus and found a little arthritis. He said I could start riding as soon as my knee feels right - it's really up to me. I did ask for a single rehab appointment to make sure I'm doing all of the exercises properly and will try to get in this week. I decided go to the gym tonight and got some light leg work in and it feels pretty good right now.

I'm going to wait until next weekend before trying any light riding. I just bought a pair of Flow NX2-RS bindings with the 2.5 canted beds and will install them next week. I normally ride 12/0 but I think I'm going to open up my rear foot a bit. I think that my stance has contributed to my injury over the years and want to remove as much stress from my knee as possible. I'm heading to the Vitamin Shoppe tomorrow to get some of the Zyflamend that BA recommended so I hope that helps out as well.

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:42 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Lunge/clamshells/lateral lunges
Don't let the knees buckle!
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:57 AM   #75 (permalink)
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I ride regular stance like you, i have knee issues for a long time along with my lower back. Riding for four seasons now and i just opened up my stance width to 22.75" from 21", switch my angles from 12/-12 to 12/-9 and had been riding this stance for two weekends now and my knees (especially my right knee) is not as sore like they use to be, and that's a plus for this 45 yr.old guy Goodluck with the rehab and your soon to be "return to shredding" day
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:32 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Days 16 and 17

Thanks for tips and good vibes - it's much appreciated.

I started on some of the more advanced strengthening exercises yesterday and the knee is holding up well. I noticed a pretty sizeable improvement today and am walking without a limp. I still have some pain when trying to bend my leg fully and straighten it out completely but it felt almost normal today when I was out and about.

At this point I'm gonna be riding this coming weekend for sure, maybe even Wednesday night. I'm gonna start slow and just get a feel for how far I can push it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:37 PM   #77 (permalink)
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As you're going to notice since you're doing these exercises, you're going to be able to ride a lot better.
You're going to be able to get lower, charge harder and pretty much do everything better/faster
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:07 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Days 18, 19, 20, and 21

Not much to report on days 18 and 19, just more rehab. Decided to get back on my board last night with a few people from work who are in for training. Did the bunny hill a couple times and the main run once and felt OK - strength felt good and no instability issues. It did swell up a bit and was a little sore but some ice and ibuprofen fixed that up. I feel pretty good today and am thinking about going again on Saturday or Sunday.

So, from under the knife to back on my deck in 20 days. I'm not 100% but I've got another 5 weeks or so (minimum) left to my season so I should be able to get there if all goes well.

I didn't have a chance to put my new canted Flow NX2's on this week and am hoping to have them on for the weekend.

Thanks to all for the good vibes - especially jml22 and t21 - it's much appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:12 AM   #79 (permalink)
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Curious - did the area that was hurting before the surgery go away when you got back on the board?
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:17 PM   #80 (permalink)
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Yup, the constant pain on the inside of my knee went away but early on if I over did it it would ache a bit in the same spot until I iced it.
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