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Riding w/ stitches on knee/elbow?(5 posts)

Riding w/ stitches on knee/elbow?pulver
May 17, 2001 11:26 AM
I got cut off on a Century last Sat. a.m. and took the fall on my elbow and knee both of which required about 4-5 stitches. I will have them out on Tuesday, this coming. I am wondering if anyone hs some feedback on 1)how critical it is that I not ride with the stitchesin and 2)once they are out,how long it will be before I can ride at 100%? Any feedback from formerly wounded riders is appreciated.

On one hand I want to heal correctly but my patience is wearing out and I am tempted to go out and ride preferably on roads that my doctor doesn't frequent.
re: Riding w/ stitches on knee/elbow?ScarKnee
May 17, 2001 11:52 AM
I would wait at the very least untill the stiches come out. I got 6 stiches last year on my knee and disregarded the doctors advice. It took all but 2 min. of riding for the skin to tear and blood to flow. Which produced a short and bloddy trip home. That was after waiting 7 days. Now I have a large scar/badge of honor.
re: Riding w/ stitches on knee/elbow?Bill J. Pappas
May 17, 2001 4:30 PM
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! I got into a bad accident on Sat. May 12,suffered many abrasions/bruises and my right knee got torn open(exposed Patella...ouch!!). It required numerous stitches to close the wound, and as a result, bending my right leg, much alone biking is almost impossible. Wait until the stitches are out, otherwise if you go riding early, you could tear the wound open,or get into an accident and make a bad thing worse, requiring even more time off the bike! Have the stitches removed,slowly build your strength(gym/physio etc..) up on the bike, which depending on your fitness,diet, and severity of your injury can take awhile(everybody has a different rate of recovery).
Hey, I did that. Wanna see my scar?Retro
May 17, 2001 5:16 PM
The elbow shouldn't be a problem unless you fall. The knee sort of depends on severity and exactly where it is on the joint. Probably it's in the worst possible spot, so you'll get lots of flexing and tear it loose... I have some first-hand experience with this, with mixed results: The cut that was right on the top of the patella tore open, so I ended up losing a couple of weeks while it healed without stitches. A few years ago I had one on the inside of the knee, about three inches off the kneecap, and I was able to ride with that.
One More Storygrz mnky
May 17, 2001 5:48 PM
Smacked a tree on my MTB and tore my arm open (looks like chicken inside there - all shiney and smooth) got 17 stitches. Got impatient and was going to yank them myself (I usually do this to save time), but went to the doc to see what he thought about pulling them at 8 days instead of 10 - I assumed he'd know the right answer. Wrong. He pulled them, I went riding and the thing opened up. I was going to have a scar since this was surgery with a stick, but now I have a big scar (more macho?) anyways I tend to think of it as nature's tatoo. Oh, and when it opens up it takes longer to heal so you're double screwed.

1. Don't ride especially if it's in a high use area like the knee
2. Leave the stitches in the full time
3. Be careful right after the stitches are removed
4. If you like scars/tatoos then just go for it.
5. Avoid strong sunlight on the area use SPF 40, and use vitamin E and Aloe to soften and blend the scar.