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post #61 of 71
Good luck - using the stationary should feel great!
post #62 of 71
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Well, it kinda freaked me out--those muscles were like "WHAAAAA???!!!" AND I have a significant catch at the top of the pedal stroke in that knee :mad Not particularly painful so I am hoping it's mostly lack of muscle holding things where they need to be. I also had to keep the seat lower than I'd like because otherwise I can't get on the bike.

 

I'm going to pursue getting cold laser therapy on BOTH knees to try to calm the menisci down. Not being able to do deep knee bends hinders my skiing enough, now it's even harder.

 

Patience is not part of my DNA...I'll go for 10 minutes on the bike today. Maybe the Pandora Soundgarden channel is in order!

post #63 of 71
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Saw surgeon on Wednesday. Xrays show it's healing fine. He wants me on crutches for 3 more weeks with no weight bearing. That puts me at almost 9 weeks. BUT I got clearance to ride a stationary bike and hop on my horse so long as I don't put weight in my stirrups. I'm holding off on the horse for another week or so just because getting on and off could be tough. However, i just got a new wind bike trainer and will be riding it this afternoon, with the garage door opened looking out at the mountains :D Can't use any resistance but I don't care.

 

I have been driving--braking with my left foot. Worked great until yesterday when a guy cut in front of me on the freeway as he was merging. I instinctively used my right foot. Thankfully, nothing hurt except my foot that has been on vacation for 6 weeks now. I had to sit there and think about which foot I actually used and could only tell because my foot was tingling.

 

Anyway, I'm still worried about the meniscus catching and am hoping the bike will put those worries to rest. Here goes!

 

 

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Well, it kinda freaked me out--those muscles were like "WHAAAAA???!!!" AND I have a significant catch at the top of the pedal stroke in that knee :mad Not particularly painful so I am hoping it's mostly lack of muscle holding things where they need to be. I also had to keep the seat lower than I'd like because otherwise I can't get on the bike.

 

I'm going to pursue getting cold laser therapy on BOTH knees to try to calm the menisci down. Not being able to do deep knee bends hinders my skiing enough, now it's even harder.

 

Patience is not part of my DNA...I'll go for 10 minutes on the bike today. Maybe the Pandora Soundgarden channel is in order!


Keep it up.  I can see you on your normal routine before you know it. 

You're one tough cookie. 

post #64 of 71
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Keep it up.  I can see you on your normal routine before you know it. 

You're one tough cookie. 


I hope so! I keep having all these awesome summer plans pop into my head, (I mean, we're in UTAH for crying out loud!) all that involve hiking, and I'm not sure how tolerant I'll be of hiking. Boo! I'll be SO happy if I can ride my horse without pain. It'll keep me going if I can.

 

Not sure if I'm tough, but definitely determined!

post #65 of 71
Don't worry about the catch in your knee. My PT said it was typical and it went away entirely.

Keep up the summer plans - bone heals are 100%. smile.gif
post #66 of 71
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Guess what?! The catch was 90% gone yesterday when I pedaled the bike :D I rode for 13 minutes instead of 5 and it felt a ton better. Muscle memory is a beautiful thing. I'll be pedaling that thing daily for about 15-20 minutes so long as the knee continues to tolerate it. My goal is to be able to walk very well in two weeks. I CANNOT imagine trying to recover from an injury without having a decent baseline fitness level prior.

 

So, thanks for telling me what your PT said--I now concur and it's a big relief. I am so ready to give these crutches the heave-ho!

post #67 of 71
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So, I ditched the crutches 4 days ago, and the only real pain was the muscle pain in my calf and hip! I feel amazing! The knee gets a little tight at times, gives twinges of mild pain at times, but for the most part, feels great! I'm still walking slowly and with a very slight limp, but it's mostly due to the lack of muscle. I can actually go up and down stairs quite well.

 

I'm anxious to push myself on my bike but will wait to get the go-ahead from the surgeon next week. I finally saw the PT and he was fantastic and is going to help me so much with my
IT band pain and patellar tracking issues. He also does the laser therapy I am such a big fan of. It could do wonders for my torn meniscus (jury is still out on how it is going to affect me--my knee definitely has some new "pops" happening.)

 

Still counting my blessings that this injury wasn't worse!

post #68 of 71
So how are things going a month later?
post #69 of 71
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So how are things going a month later?


Hi Kneale, thanks for asking. Having some issues with what I think is the meniscus. Surgeon told me to give myself two months of weight-bearing then go back to him if things are not well. It's been 4 weeks. Some days are really good, others are troublesome, although not enough to keep me from walking a few miles or riding my horse. My bike rides are hit-and-miss. It's so hard to tell what would be considered "normal" and will improve with more strength, and what is a major issue. Could be a combo of things.

 

I stopped and twisted my upper body to turn around and look at something on Sunday, and felt a pop on that knee, then a burning pain. No instability. I think the meniscus is fussing around in there. If I wear a patellar sleeve, the pain subsides. Patella and meniscus not getting along? Hard to say. Anyway, I really can't complain because it's only been 4 months since such a serious injury and I'm more active than I thought I would be. But, still might be facing meniscus repair surgery--question is, when?! I have a major equestrian competition at the end of June, and don't want to ruin the rest of summer. Things to ponder...

 

In the meantime, will keep on pushing a little harder week by week to see if those supporting muscles can hold things together better. And I'll keep smiling, because summer's coming and summer here is amazeballs! :D

post #70 of 71
Total recovery takes time. The surgeon who put my tibia plateau back together told me some of the "noise" in situations like climbing stairs comes from changes to the wear pattern in the patella after the injury and suggested having the PT show me how to use tape to get the wear lines back in sync, or just wait to get new wear worked into the system. The latter has worked for me. I'd wear the sleeve whenever being active.
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Total recovery takes time. The surgeon who put my tibia plateau back together told me some of the "noise" in situations like climbing stairs comes from changes to the wear pattern in the patella after the injury and suggested having the PT show me how to use tape to get the wear lines back in sync, or just wait to get new wear worked into the system. The latter has worked for me. I'd wear the sleeve whenever being active.


Thank you for telling me that, Kneale!! I get a lot of popping under the patella right now. The PT is supposed to show me how to tape it soon. I'll have to push that a little more on Friday.

Considering I've had mistracking patellas for years now, it comes as no surprise.

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