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Old 02-02-2012, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Snowboarding with a Torn MCL

Hey Im doing a season in Hakuba, Japan. Unfortunately I managed to get a Grade 2 MCL tear yesterday. I went to the Physio, she said it would be 6-8 weeks until it healed a 100%. Her advice was to rest it as long as i can and potentially i should be able to get out on the board again in 2 weeks with a knee brace.

Searching on the internet the recovery recommendation look a lot more grim.

Has anyone else got experience riding with an injured MCL? or any other recovery advice? Im obviously keen to get out there as soon as I can as im only here for another 8 weeks and the conditions are really good but Im happy to rest it for longer period so that i can ride more for the rest of the season.

My current recovery process will be most likely
- keep off me knee for minimum 1 week
- icing it every two hours for the first 48 hours
- wearing a knee brace for the rest of the season
- a few more session with the physio - TBC how many and what the extent of the damage is once the swelling decreases

Any other tips?

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your gameplan makes sense mostly, though I'd probably recommend keeping off the snow for at least 3 weeks. You are going to way to really stabilize the knee an limit the potential for any side to side movement for the first 3 days. Once the swelling goes down and you feel like you have decent range of motion I'd begin to work on some ISO type exercises to help strengthen the surrounding muscles. Go slowly though and if you are feeling pain make sure to incorporate some rest.

6-8 weeks is a good gauge in terms of how long it might it take with a grade 2 but its not exact. Definitely look into getting a decent brace with a fixed hinge. I can recommend the donjoy playmaker which is not as pricey as their top of the line braces but gets the job done.
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