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Skiing with a torn ligament [inside knee]

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I tore my left ligament in 2011 playing racquetball.  Wanted to know if there is any way short of surgery to ski again.

 

thanks,

zahadat nima

 

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post #2 of 14
Left ligament? Any particular body part?
post #3 of 14

people are out there skiing on one leg. so don't let anyone tell you you can't do it. 

 

Might not be the safest or least painful decision but I say just get out there and stay within your bodies limits. 

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yes it is the tissue inside my knee.  If I move my knee too fast or if it is jerked, it hurts.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by peternpan View Post
 

I tore my left ligament in 2011 playing racquetball.  Wanted to know if there is any way short of surgery to ski again.

 

thanks,

zahadat nima

 

Mod note: moved to Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Injury, and Recovery

Rehabilitation and a brace.

Might work might not, impossible to say without knowing the injury.

post #6 of 14

I sprained my medial collateral ligament a few years ago. I had to ski cautiously with a brace for about two seasons but eventually it healed up and now feels full strength and very normal. It depends on how bad your injury is.


Edited by Toecutter - 11/15/14 at 4:42am
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

This is good to know.  Was the brace something you picked up yourself or was it prescribed?  Can you be more specific especially if I can just buy it myself?

post #8 of 14

Lots of factors to consider...

 

1. Which Ligament.

2. Seriousness of tear. 

3. Overall Fitness of surrounding muscles.

4. Range of Mobility.

5. Flexibility.

6. Skiing Ability.

7. Desire to Ski.

8. Other known/unknown factors. 

 

I had a partial tear of the ACL 6+ years ago.  Rehabilitated not Repaired.  Good Mobility and Flexibility. Comfortable Skiing most slopes.  40+ year skier with numerous 100+ day seasons.

 

After rehab I took it easy for last couple weeks of season.  During off season spent many hours building fitness with emphasis on leg muscles.  Spent first few weeks skiing gentler slopes building confidence.

 

I'm still not 100% but I'm Skiing.  Some call me a 1/2fast skier.

 

I'm not a medical professional or sport therapist.  My experiences might not be typical.

 

Since you say you feel occasional pain, I recommend a visit to Doctor and or Physical Therapy before you try to ski/board.  Get the injury assessed and make an informed decision.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by peternpan View Post
 

This is good to know.  Was the brace something you picked up yourself or was it prescribed?  Can you be more specific especially if I can just buy it myself?

 

Mine was fitted by a pro. Your injury is 3 years old and still hurts, so you'll probably want to see a physician first before you try to ski on it and do more damage.

post #10 of 14

I'm a bit concerned. The injury was from 2011. If it's still hurting 3 years later, you've got something that needs to be looked at by a doctor. Once you have a diagnose, others can suggest a route of treatment, whether it's rehab or strengthening or braces etc... 

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

I saw two doctors. The second one had the same injury and though he had had surgery, it had not worked.  He told me he bikes and swims and he is fine.  I also bike and I used to swim and they are fine.  The pain comes when the knee is jerked or from a sudden unexpected movement.  It is a tear from what the MRI was showing.  I am an average skier but loved it.  I was going to do a surgery this summer but could not due to work.  My concern for surgery is that if it turns out I will be like my doctor, then now I have it worse.  So I thought perhaps with some kind of a brace I could ski mildly.  Your responses have been great.  Thank you.

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by peternpan View Post
 

I saw two doctors. The second one had the same injury and though he had had surgery, it had not worked.  He told me he bikes and swims and he is fine.  I also bike and I used to swim and they are fine.  The pain comes when the knee is jerked or from a sudden unexpected movement.  It is a tear from what the MRI was showing.  I am an average skier but loved it.  I was going to do a surgery this summer but could not due to work.  My concern for surgery is that if it turns out I will be like my doctor, then now I have it worse.  So I thought perhaps with some kind of a brace I could ski mildly.  Your responses have been great.  Thank you.

 

Maybe one of your two docs can send you to a prosthetist to get a knee brace? It will fit better and function better than any brace you could buy at a sporting goods store.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by peternpan View Post
 

I saw two doctors. The second one had the same injury and though he had had surgery, it had not worked.  He told me he bikes and swims and he is fine.  I also bike and I used to swim and they are fine.  The pain comes when the knee is jerked or from a sudden unexpected movement.  It is a tear from what the MRI was showing.  I am an average skier but loved it.  I was going to do a surgery this summer but could not due to work.  My concern for surgery is that if it turns out I will be like my doctor, then now I have it worse.  So I thought perhaps with some kind of a brace I could ski mildly.  Your responses have been great.  Thank you.

 

What people are trying to get you to do is to say WHICH LIGAMENT IN YOUR KNEE IS IT?! (ACL/MCL/LCL/PCL/Meniscus) This is critically important as each ligament has different responsibilities and is of different importance to skiing. It also matters because, depending on which it is, there's higher/lower risk of further injury to other ligaments in the knee from skiing. Depending on whether it's a complete or partial tear and of which ligament, the advice could range from the extreme of no you absolutely shouldn't ski on it (risk of further damage to that ligament and catastrophic damage to other ligaments in the process) to yes, go for it, there's no reason to worry. Answer this and you will get useful responses.

 

Second, as to brace, 2 things:

1) efficacy of the brace and which one is recommended will depend on which ligament you tore

2) good braces are expensive ($300-$500); they do make braces designed specifically for skiing, however the braces are also designed to protect a specific ligament so again, you need to know which one it is

 

EDIT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR AM I YOUR DOCTOR; THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE; SEE A REAL DOCTOR IN-PERSON BEFORE DOING ANYTHING

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

That is a good question.  I am not sure what it is called; sorry.  It is the one inside the knee that holds one side to the other.  I am happy to hear they are $300-$500 as that is a price I am willing to pay to be able to ski again.  I will check back with my doctor and see which ligament it was.

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