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Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?(25 posts)

Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?jtferraro
Feb 16, 2003 1:24 PM
I know a runner who became a cyclist as the result of a knee injury and now he puts quite a few miles on the bike each year. Anybody here pick-up cycling as the result of realizing it's importance in rehab/physical therapy?

re: Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?CJ838
Feb 16, 2003 1:51 PM
No injury, but I quit marathons due to nagging knee pain. Picked up cycling not to long ago. I still run 10-20 miles per week, and weight train too, but I am now up to 150 miles per week on the trainer (about 10 hours on the trainer, about 15.5 mph), can't wait to get outside and see how that translates into road miles. I know it;'s not the same, but I am anxious to test myself. I find cycling much easier of course, and a lot less boring.

re: Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?geeker
Feb 16, 2003 2:18 PM
Former marathon runner, was still jogging 40 miles a week or so, but switched to cycling because of general knee soreness. Just a recreational/fitness rider, not a racer. Probably avg 150 mi/wk in season, slow but over very hilly terrain.

I still run during the winter, but have drastically cut down mileage and concentrate on uphills. Don't run at all in "cycling season". Indoor trainers seem too boring, but after this terrible Northeast winter, I'll likely get one for next year.
Feb 16, 2003 2:23 PM
... was once (and still is from a philosophical POV) a relative adept at traditional Shotokan Karate Do... but repeated ballistic stresses on both knees have shot said (still practice slow Kata and some sparring).

Cycling was quite a revealation and I've been fairly successful... but I'm still fighting a losing battle... advanced degenerative arthritis with joint replacement as the only currently available option (have been trying Synvisc injections with limited positive results) still haunts me... but my doc thinks I'm too young for the proceedure, so I'm trying to hold out as long as possible (perhaps something better is just around the corner).

I've also developed a nasty case of chronic DVTs and I feel much better cycling (albeit limited standing) than walking or standing (in particular at my factory floor job).

Lastly, I've had a herniated disc (L5/S1) for about 10 years... and cycling is about the only aerobic exercise I can get! From a PT POV, it's much less stressful on my knees than jogging (yep, used to run a few miles a day per Karate Do training).

Me luvs me sum bikes.

Be the bike.
are you my twin?rufus
Feb 16, 2003 5:36 PM
i also started riding because i was needing some physical exercise, and my right knee was so bad from a football injury in high school running was out of the question. had it scoped a few years ago, and now it's acting up again, have some arthritis, and my doctor told me i had a knee replacement waiting sometime in the future.

also have a herniated L5-S1 for about 16 years, probably also developed as a result of football and wear and tear over time. have never had surgery for it, but as techniques have improved, i've been contemplating it. a friend injured his disk, had surgery, and was as good as new in a bit oover a month, after a not very invasive procedure.
re: Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?mrfizzy
Feb 16, 2003 2:56 PM
I am a dual ACL revoverer. Now a CAT 3. However, its been about 10 years since the surgeries.
Wow - dual ACL, eh? How did you incur your injury.jtferraro
Feb 16, 2003 5:40 PM
You're the kind of person I want to hear from. I have completely severed my MCL, tore my ACL, and ripped up my medial meniscus a bit. I also even put a small impaction fracture/depression in my tibia! I'm probably going for the ACL reconstruction/meniscus cleaning next month.

Wow - dual ACL, eh? How did you incur your injury.mrfizzy
Feb 16, 2003 6:07 PM
Well, its a long story, but the long and short of it was
from a wrestling mishap in college. Right knee is left with little if any cartiledge, left knee actually has most meniscus left, but hurts more. doctor said to start a sport that would be less impact prone. My dad loved to do tours and so he bought me a Trek 1200. 10 years later I now have a seperated collar bone, enough road rash to make a strawberry field envious and about 5 bikes to boot. Anyway, I was able to make a good recovery from it all.
re: Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?serbski
Feb 16, 2003 3:08 PM
Hip injury in this case. I run standard and ultramarathons (50K to 100mi) and started cycling early last summer because I had to cut back drastically on the running miles. Now, I'm happy to say, the cycling has allowed me to get my running back up over 70mi/week and consider racing again. Adding the 200+ cycling miles a week to the equation, I've come out of this injury fitter than ever (though I think it'll take some specificity to get running as fast as I'd like again). Thank god for cycling, it saved my @$$!!!
Feb 16, 2003 4:05 PM
I blew out my knee, needed a new ACL. I kept putting it off and continued to run wearing a brace. I would occasionally ride as part of my cross training.

I started riding more and more as my knee deterioated.

One of goals was to ride the 35 mile round trip to work in less than 8 weeks post op. I made it.

Lately I have started riding more and more and running less.

I'm hooked!
baseball injuryj-son
Feb 16, 2003 5:22 PM
Back in my teenage years, I played very competitive school league and summer baseball. I was a catcher, a position known for knee injuries. My budding baseball career ended when a runner rounded third and headed for home. I blocked the plate and he slid into my left leg, folding my knee. The only thing that svaed me from catastrophic injury was the shin guards. Lucky me.

My baseball career pretty much ended, but I discovered cycling through rehab. That was 15 years ago. I'm still riding, and my left knee still gives me problems from time to time.

Feb 16, 2003 5:23 PM
I dislocated both knees several times playing futbol (soccer) year-round in high school. I refused surgery b/c at the time that type of surgery was not reliable enough. Physical therapy helped, but consistent road biking makes my knees better and stronger than they've ever been.
Not from specific injury, but because of chronic paincory
Feb 16, 2003 6:10 PM
I didn't have a diagnosed injury, but after running 30-70 miles a week for almost 15 years, I had nearly constant knee pain. I pretty much quit running and started cycling in 1989, at age 44, and I've ridden pain-free since. But I only spend about half as much time at it as I used to spend on running.
Feb 16, 2003 7:39 PM
Running had been my exercise/sport of choice since high school (and before). I didn't take up cycling as part of any prescribed rehab or as recovery from any single serious injury. Rather, it was more as a way to avoid all the constant, litttle, nagging injuries that started popping up as I got older and tried to run to keep in shape.
re: Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?LinuxDude
Feb 17, 2003 5:10 AM
After a skiing accident where I tore my knee ligament I couldn't do much else than bike. I use to do a lot of basketball, not anymore. My knee just won't hold. And this is after an extensive knee surgery. :(
What ligament did you tear - ACL?jtferraro
Feb 17, 2003 6:30 AM
I just tore my ACL and completely severed my MCL. Additionally, I did some damage to the medial meniscus and put an impaction fracture/depression in my tibia. Are you saying you still can't ski, or just can't play hoop? Did you have more than one knee surgery?

What ligament did you tear - ACL?LinuxDude
Feb 17, 2003 8:57 AM
Well, I had the reconstructive ACL surgery on my right knee about 5 years ago. I'm not an out of shape person or anything but I have not been able to return to sports I once enjoyed. Any activity that evolves sudden change of direction (i.e. basketball, soccer, tennis) is just painful to me. I haven't tried skiing ever since. I think cycling is much safer and more fun than skiing. So, I don't miss that. However, I wish I could play basketball and soccer.
Feb 17, 2003 6:31 AM
I was 15 when I tore my ACL. The doc recommened I give cycling a try. 16 years and 4 knee surgeries later, I am still riding. Funny thing is if I stop for any lenthly period of time my knees hurt.
4 surgeries later - geeesh! Had you done more damage thanjtferraro
Feb 17, 2003 8:24 AM
ACL? Why did you have to go back 3 more times?


4 surgeries - 2 on each kneeMudman
Feb 17, 2003 10:22 AM
I know I am screwed ;) Tore the ACL in my left knee playing high school football. Got clipped. - 4 weeks later fell down the stairs and 4 hours of surgery out the window. Go in again to redo everything. .....there is 2 surgeries.

I was running in a field (summer baseball league) and stepped into a small hole. Hyperextended the right knee, and tore the lateral meniscus. Surgery to repair that injury. 5 yrs later go in to shave the bottom knee cap. It looked like peeling paint on a wall. There is 4.

The only thing I have to be careful of is my knee caps are abnormally shaped. They also hang low. I have to keep my legs muscles strenthen to keep the caps pulled up. If I go a couple of weeks without excersise, they ache.
Yup, but I've already told you that. (nm)eyebob
Feb 17, 2003 6:41 AM
Ankle here...VertAddict
Feb 17, 2003 8:30 AM
I have a major ankle injury from scrambling that curtailed my running. I had to find something to assuage my need for a big time aerobic workout, so I bought a road bike and elevated my bike riding from just commuting to work to more of a long road ride focus.

Irony - knees always gave me trouble when running, thought it would be them, not ankle, that was going to end my running career.
Arthritis has turned me into a cyclist ...jkh
Feb 17, 2003 9:22 PM
I used to play a lot of b-ball and v-ball in college when I was in my early 20's. Since my early 30's, I have not been able to do these kinds of sport any more due to joint pain. I tried swimming and found it too boring. Cycling has given a new life.
re: Anybody here become a cyclist as the result of knee injury?Jetsam
Feb 17, 2003 9:44 PM
I became a more dedicated rider as a result of a knee injury...and a broken left femur 3" proximal to hip socket. The leg was repaired with an 18" piece of titanium, one hinge, and 3 screws. You know what they say about titanium, excellent lateral rigity with just the right amount of veritical flex, minimized vibration. Yeah baby!
Anyway, not wanting to go thru rehab at some distant facility, the knee I rehabbed using 12 exercises (3 sets each/15 reps each set) I found on the web including animated demos, but not before showing them to my Dr.

Although I am a recreational rider, I developed a training plan which included more weight training over the winter and stuck to it fanatically. Recorded everything, day by day. Showed it to the Dr. from time to time. He approved. That was 1999.

Needless to say, I have logged many miles since including two trips across Iowa. My biggest thrill was riding 200 miles in two blisteringly hot days last summer to attend my 40th high school class reunion

Lance Armstrong is my patron saint, role model, and phantom training partner.
Awesome!! =) (nm)jtferraro
Feb 18, 2003 6:14 AM