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Sbaskett 10-11-2012 01:37 PM

Tibial stress fractures... Please help !
Hey guys,

Been boarding since jan, past the beginner stage and starting to ride switch, trying 180s and other basic freestyle stuff.

I live in the UK so most the time I ride an indoor 'real' snow slope.

My knee has been clicking quite a lot recently with minimal ache rather than pain, so organised an MRI scan thinking I may have torn a meniscus. In actual fact I have severe bone oedema, so much so that the radiologist has said there are multiple stress fractures in the proximal tibia and that I should avoid weight bearing exercise for 4-6weeks!! Scanned my right knee for comparison which also demonstrated tibial bone bruising but to a less extent.The doc believes it could be related to my board set up!?!?

I ride goofy -15/15 (aiming for freestyle so I can ride switch just as well)

I have also noticed that my back binding has been coming loose after 2hour sessions on the that because I am putting too much stress and twisting on my back knee? Should I reduce the back binding angle???

I'm a little worried as I have booked to go to Austria in jan 2013

Any help/suggestions would be great.


Nivek 10-11-2012 02:01 PM

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The only thing I can think of that might be causing this is a stance that's too wide. But to be honest this is not CAUSED by snowboarding, but it might be aggravating a pre existing problem. Figure out what kind of physical therapy, if any, will help and get on it. Also get some after market insoles. Stock boot insoles are more than worthless.

KnoxBoarderX 10-12-2012 08:51 AM

I agree, it's probably not caused from snowboarding, but snowboarding will certainly not help it heal. I would take a little time off, I know that's not what you want to hear, but a little time off now could save you from a much worse injury later. Trust me, it's worth it.

When you get back to it, think about your stance as you ride, and try to notice how your legs feel while strapped in. If it hurts, or feels funny, adjust the stance. That could help, you never know.

SnowOwl 10-12-2012 10:14 AM

Its a stress fracture. That means its a slight break from putting too much pressure. PT is going to consist off time and ice.

jml22 10-12-2012 04:40 PM

You should be fine for 2 hours....
How old are you?

Brigius 10-12-2012 08:41 PM

If there is anything I have learned about injuries, it is that if you find out you have one. Give it time and therapy to heal correctly. Short term you could possibly continue to board but at the same time aggravate the problem making it worse and possibly taking you out for even longer than it would have originally taken. If you take your time and let it heal you could be back on the mountain quicker than you realize but ultimately you know when your body is good and when it isn't. Go with what your body is telling you about the injury, not what the aching need to board inside is screaming in your ear.

Sbaskett 10-14-2012 06:56 AM

I'm 26

My main issue is that I didn't really have pain...I got my knee scanned purely because it was clicking. So when I've been boarding he hasn't actually been hurting.

I will take the doc and you guys advice though and take a few weeks off...thanks for the help guys!

jml22 10-14-2012 01:21 PM

Without knowing some more information, it's too simplistic to say it's your snowboard setup
Yes, it could be your snowboard setup being that it's too wide and to get any leverage you're squeezing your legs and pronating too much putting too much stress on your medial tibia. After a few hours this could cause minor stress fractures
It could also be done by impact (usually more likely) if you're in the park at all.
I would also say at the age of 26, this shouldnt happen so you have something biomechanical or nutritionally deficient or something.
If you live where there isnt a lot of sun i would say vitamin D deficient so your bone quality isnt high enough to take the stress from boarding.

If you're getting bone bruises/fractures there is a lot more going on here than.
Has the meniscus tear been ruled out? Clicking and popping usually means theres some sort of tear, it might have scarred over by now though.

Sbaskett 10-14-2012 01:34 PM

I have a burton whammy bar 155 board with the stance width set at the reference point (whatever that might be). My height is about 5foot 11.

No meniscal tear...I have pin pointed the clicking to my patello-femoral joint...old age haha

I live in the uk so enough day light...however there's an excuse to cut down on the indoor work hours ;)

jml22 10-14-2012 01:43 PM

Isnt it snowy and cloudy all fall/winter in the uk?
Stress fractures and that kind of stuff REALLY REALLY shoudlnt happen at age 26, thats almost when bones should be the stronger. So something funky is going on and i suggest looking into it a bit more. Old age isnt an excuse :D.
You're gonna want to board into your 50s (if we still have snow in 25 years) lol

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