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Torn ACL & Ruptured MCL (chose no surgery option)

post #1 of 11
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Hi,

 

I have a complete tear on the ACL and had a 2 tear (ruptured) on the MCL.  I did this on Feb. 21st 2013.  I elected to not have surgery after speaking with 3 different surgeons.  I have competed in weight lifting and wear a knee brace during my workouts.  I would like to take up both water and snow skiing.  If I wear my knee brace what are my chances of being to participate in these sports?  Sometimes wearing heels is a challenge! :(

 

Rosalyn

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by RosalynM View Post
 

Hi,

 

I have a complete tear on the ACL and had a 2 tear (ruptured) on the MCL.  I did this on Feb. 21st 2013.  I elected to not have surgery after speaking with 3 different surgeons.  I have competed in weight lifting and wear a knee brace during my workouts.  I would like to take up both water and snow skiing.  If I wear my knee brace what are my chances of being to participate in these sports?  Sometimes wearing heels is a challenge! :(

 

Rosalyn

Hello!  Sorry you are finding EpicSki after a knee injury.  Have you read thru some of the ACL-related threads?  For instance this one:

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/69400/acl-recovery-without-surgery

 

I am an older woman who is a successful coper.  I was an advanced skier before injury in June 2013 (not skiing) and skied better after injury because I worked on ski conditioning and muscles directly related to supporting my knees before the season started.  So I know it's quite possible to ski on snow without an ACL or a brace.  No idea about water skiing.

 

What type of brace are you talking about?  A custom-fitted one?

post #3 of 11

Good luck!  If the knee seems unstable you might consider the surgery.  Every knee is different.

 

I've skied hard for about 20 years without an ACL.  It works for me.  I use a brace to prevent hyperextension, but don't need the classic ACL brace.

 

 

PS---Skiing is not called "snow skiing".  It only picks up that qualifier in places like Texas, where even their political leaders can't speak proper English.

post #4 of 11
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Thank you for your input and the information from the link.  I wear a custom fit, I am a very small person so it is an orthopedic size with the metal bars with hinges that run along the sides.  Actually small enough to wear under a loose pair of jeans though.

post #5 of 11
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I actually have a question.  What type of conditiong for the knees did you do before the season started?

 

Thx :)

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I actually have a question.  What type of conditiong for the knees did you do before the season started?

 

Thx :)

There is a lot of info related to ski conditioning and knee injury prevention around.  What kind of formal physical therapy did you do after injury?  I found this webpage with videos of basic exercises very helpful.  Scroll down to get to the ones geared towards ACL injury prevention.  Many of these exercises built on what I learned from formal PT for knee rehab last year.

 

http://ptsportswellness.wordpress.com/exercises/lower-body-strength/

 

I found this set of exercises useful.  There is a self-assessment at the beginning that is well worth doing.  After finishing 3 months of formal PT and starting to work with a personal trainer, I could do most of Phase 1 even before a small meniscus tear was completely healed.  At this point it's been over a year since injury and I exercise mainly to be in the best shape possible for skiing out west.  I can do everything in Phase 2.  I'm mid-50's, 5'0", 118 pounds, definitely on the petite side.

 

http://www.bumpsforboomers.com/basic-ski-fitness-free-online-video-skiing-exercises

 

Have you looked at kneeguru?  Here is a thread that is relevant to your situation.

 

Are there actually any ACL Deficient Copers out there?

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=62219.15

 

I highly recommend the book by Dr. Marx, a well respected ortho surgeon in NYC, The ACL Solution.  Not only covers pros and cons of ACL reconstruction surgery but also has ACL injury prevention exercises in the second part.

post #7 of 11
I do lots of biking, but no ski specific training. lots of biking, and xc skiing.
post #8 of 11

I really like the looks of the bumps for boomers program.  I have been doing lots of general conditioning, but lately have been thinking it may be a little too one dimensional.  Once again Marznc is a font of info.  Thanks.

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I really like the looks of the bumps for boomers program.  I have been doing lots of general conditioning, but lately have been thinking it may be a little too one dimensional.  Once again Marznc is a font of info.  Thanks.

Ah well, if you want more to try, here are vids that I found interesting as a long term target but I was NOT about to try six months after losing an ACL. At this point, I could probably do this stuff, but I'll stick with the Boomer ideas.  I like the fact that it's pretty easy to do all the Boomer exercises at home with basic equipment.

 

 

 

 

post #10 of 11
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Thank you so much for all this information. :)  Much appreciated.

post #11 of 11
Hi everyone. I tore both quad tendons about a month ago. I had surgery to repair them 4 weeks ago today. I have immobilizers on both legs and have my first follow up tomorrow. My legs feel stronger, but will they let me bend them any? Thanks!
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