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Knee update(prognosis). Post "post-op orthopedic doc visit".(7 posts)

Knee update(prognosis). Post "post-op orthopedic doc visit".jtferraro
Mar 25, 2003 8:04 AM
Here is my prognosis:

My orthopedic doctor removed 40cc's of blood/fluid from my knee yesterday, via a huge needle! It was about double what he expected to remove! :(

I don't need to wear a brace anymore but he gave me an "intermediary", neoprene one, w/metal side support, to wear for the next few days...since I just came off that clunker of a brace and so not to go from one extreme to the next.

I can't play any "hard on your knee", side-to-side sports for 6 months. These include: football, basketball, soccer, tennis, racquetball, skiing(probably snowboarding).

After 6 months, I can participate in those sports only by wearing a "functional brace" that my doc just prescribed. Fortunately, I don't participate in most of those sports except for skiing/snowboarding and tennis.

I start physical therapy now and go 2/3 times a week, for 6 weeks, then see my doc again.

Fortunately, running & biking are OK to participate in, soon and without any brace!! =) Although, I'm not sure about real mountain biking and I'd be almost afraid to take a bad fall on the road. Hmm...well, that isn't going to stop me!

He gave me copies of the arthroscopy pictures taken (from inside my knee) - pretty cool (although I had already seen the whole operation since I was awake for it).

-Jeff
You got to watch.sievers11
Mar 25, 2003 9:11 AM
Nothing like that happens to me, big needles and tons of fluid, cool...just kidding.

I wouldn't worry about the off road ridding. I would totally avoid the tennis and the skiing, they are both really really hard on your knees.

I played soccer through high school and college. It was really tough on my knees and back. I opted out of soccer my senior year in college because of the pain, it just wasn't worth it. My knee used to be painfull 24/7. So I started cycling at the recomendation of my orthopedic doc. At first I was concerned with injuring my knees, but after a few months all of the pain in my knees was gone. I haven't looked back...started road and mtb racing and love it.

Good luck
(don't miss soccer a bit)
Did you ever have a ligament/cartlidge tear or surgery?jtferraro
Mar 25, 2003 9:24 AM
Or did your knee just start acting up as a result of playing soccer? Anyway, that's great that you picked up both road and mtb racing!

-Jeff
Did you ever have a ligament/cartlidge tear or surgery?sievers11
Mar 25, 2003 9:34 AM
After a lot of examination and such, I didn't have any real damage. The cartlidge was in good shape, but definatly would have see damage before too long. The ligaments in my knee had loosened up from the soccer and created an instablility of the joint. This instability, as the doc described to me, had started an inbalance of the strength of the muscles in my quads. The cycling was supposed to isolate the movment in the joint and re-balance the muscles. Well It seemed to have work.
Cool - interesting! Thanks for the info! (nm)jtferraro
Mar 25, 2003 11:15 AM
i'd stay away from the mountain bike.rufus
Mar 25, 2003 4:28 PM
too easy to take a fall and twist the knee on the way down. even a fall that doesn't seem that bad.

road cycling should be great, just don't take chances in corners or other places where there's a chance of a fall happening. watch out for sand and other crap on the road. better to pamper the knee at first than take a chance on re-injuring it.
Yeah, I hear ya'. Thanks. (nm)jtferraro
Mar 25, 2003 5:32 PM