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Knee recovery time

post #1 of 4
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Hi all;
This past early December I missed a stair at the house and landed two down, full weight, with my left knee; no twist, no fall, just a jam and lots-o-pain! I waffled for a couple of weeks and went to see the Ortho and he said no tear, (didn't even take a pic), just give it time. Also, the PT in the practice gave me some excersises. The diagnosis from the PT is a "strained patella tendon". The pain got steadilly better, then plateaued. Skiing causes some discomfort upon certain moves, so I've been skiing only easy blacks and less.

I started going to the PT twice/week since last week. I have a trip to Vail in 4 weeks and am getting very concerned that I will not be able to string 5 days in a row out there.

Am I being a woose, (I'm 61, so I don't heal like I used to)? I'm wondering if I need to push the medicos for a "shot" in the knee? Any opinions?
post #2 of 4
I was diagnosed last week with a knee injury due to fall in December (fractured tibia and partially torn MCL). Every time I ask how long before I ski I usually get the answer that it should be 6 to 8 weeks for a knee injury but my physical therapist thinks more like 3 months. Hope your knee is getting better.
post #3 of 4
Unfortunately, medical diagnosis codes are also insurance driven. That is, with a particular type of injury it is supposed to take a certain amount of time to recover.

So, with protocols for rehab and insurance watching carefully...The sandbag answer you have been given is 6-8 weeks. This is when most people for a particular type of injury will recover.

I personally avoid this type of answer. I usually say how much time your insurance will cover. Then, I explain how much time I expect it to take to heal.

A deep bone "bruise" can take 12 weeks or even longer. If you injured the articular surface of your patella, it may never fully recover. Skiing places you in a squat which compresses the articular surface of your patella against the femoral condyles. This is probably flaring up your injury. Also if you injured your patellar tendon... the tendon pulls on the tibia. On some people you see a boney build up on the tibia. This can be flared up by squatting and kneeling.
post #4 of 4
Sounds bleak. I guess that being confined to skiing groomers for a season is not the worst fate.
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