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just tore my ACL - 3 tracking suggestions?

post #1 of 16
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I tore my ACL and possibly my medial miniscus Sat morning. While my season skiing on 2 skis is probably over (haven't gotten to an orthopedist/MRI to find out definitively if it's a full or partial tear, all I know from the ER doctor is it's a tear), I see no reason why my season skiing at all should be completely over.

I was an adaptive instructor for 2 years (my jr. and sr. years in HS, I'm a freshman at USC now) and got to be a pretty competent 3 tracker. I can pretty much do greens, groomed blues, and some groomed blacks carving as a 3 tracker. My biggest fear though would be falling and twisting my bad knee/hurting it even more. However, I think this risk could be significantly mitigated with a rather burly knee brace. Was wondering if you guys have any suggestions or ideas? Also, I called up Mammoth's adaptive program, they said I could rent outriggers for $25/day - I have no idea where to buy outriggers or how much they cost, but for those in the know would it be worth buying for another 10-15 days in my season or should I just rent?
post #2 of 16
Sorry to hear about your acl. I love your attitude that your not going to let your injury end your ski season. You can purchase outriggers at : http://www.superlite.org/ I not sure about 3 track. Have you thought about mono/sitskiing? This would protect both your bad and good leg. I must admit, it can be a little hard on the rest of your body. With that said, you can't believe the rush you'll get. I was an able body skier before my injury and I enjoy monoskiing as much or even more now. There are a lot of excellent adaptive ski programs around the country. Sarah Will has a saying: "Focus on what you have, not what your missing. Start with the potential, not the set back."
Good Luck and hit the slopes as a monoskier!!!!!
post #3 of 16
Call it a seaon bro. You are injured...bad. Ice up, do your PT and wheel babes in the gym. Hit the books, tie some flies and get ready for trout season. You are what...19?. There are a lot more years left to ski and your young body will heal quickly if you give it time and rest.

Get well.
post #4 of 16
What He ^ Said. If it is a complete tear they will probably have you doing a month of PT before they operate.
post #5 of 16
Call it a day.
post #6 of 16
Sit ski - you are less likely to damage the other knee (or the damaged one). The bucket will also protect your knees a bit.

That way you get to rip and have fun without risking your knees.
post #7 of 16
Yeah, but the SitSki costs a fortune.
post #8 of 16
old thread but new activity ?

I had one injury and subsequent surgery less than 10yrs ago - ACL reconstruct.

The next year, another injury, same knee, miniscus tear. Another surgery. This one had pretty much taken the wind out of my sails as far as skiing/boarding goes. Pain/uncertainty involved in each run - even another year later.

If after you have recovered from injury/surgery and are unable to have fun on skis or snowboard without risking or enduring constant pain, look into other possibilities. Perhaps you're like me and aren't quite to the skibucket stage and your doctor suggests laying off the one or two planks options.

I have been successfully riding the original sit ski for a handful of years now. At least that's what it was called back in the 1940's. Then later it was (and is still known in Europe) called a skibob. It is known nowadays as a snowbike with your feet on the ground sliding on footskis. My knee and winter enthusiasm have never been happier post-op.

I have become very proficient on almost every terrain option that I used to enjoy previously.

Hope you've had a good recovery... Don't let your situation drive your ambitions - adapt!

(I still would like to try one the the more modern skibuckets I see from time to time that have ez chair load shocks. I just haven't found anyplace that rents them. )
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by aaron12345 View Post
I see no reason why my season skiing at all should be completely over.
Exactly what happen to me 2 years ago. I torn my ACL before the season and kept going with DonJoy. But I was very careful when skiing because if my knee suffer a twist in the absence of a good ACL the next ligament to torn is probably the PCL, which is a lot bigger trouble than ACL. However you can access if you can keep skiing my checking out if you have swelling in the knee after skiing. Any swelling means that you have done some twistings to your knee(lacking the ACL and therefore swelling).

good luck,

Martin
post #10 of 16
I'd really like to know what happened to Aaron ???

1) A wrecked knee can for the rest of your life.. so I'd be careful what I did with the first few weeks of it if I was you...
2) If you couldnt stand the wait.. why not a monoski (old style.. not the sitski) but the mono.. I wore out 2 Rossignols.. the ones with the cocktail graphics.. They are a) very good fun skiing and b) very good for people with bad knees.. I know that's why I went that way.. and get a knee brace while youre at it..
3) The mono-sitski.. which is what I ' ride' now, is a blast.. and for me is now the only way to get onto the mountain.. worth every penny..
post #11 of 16

Aaron.  I am now 54 years old. I tore my ACL in my right knee in 1988 (that's 22 year ago!) and have continued to ski. I use a brace. I have had two different braces so far and am considering my third now. My skiing is better than it has ever been, even before my accident.  The Dr. removed my ACL as it was ripped in two in the middle of the ligament. I also had a torn medial meniscus and had to have that shaved down at the same time.  I am now an instructor, with the Adaptive Ski Program, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have been for 6 years now!  Don't let it slow you down!  You may need some repair work, and/or some physical therapy, but you can overcome the injury. Don't let others tell you that you CAN'T do something.  Put your mind to it.  Complete everything your doctors tell you you need to do, surgery, PT, what ever it takes and get a release before you got back out.  But DO IT!!!  If I could, so can you!!!

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by viclioce View Post
 

Aaron.  I am now 54 years old. I tore my ACL in my right knee in 1988 (that's 22 year ago!) and have continued to ski. I use a brace. I have had two different braces so far and am considering my third now. My skiing is better than it has ever been, even before my accident.  The Dr. removed my ACL as it was ripped in two in the middle of the ligament. I also had a torn medial meniscus and had to have that shaved down at the same time.  I am now an instructor, with the Adaptive Ski Program, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have been for 6 years now!  Don't let it slow you down!  You may need some repair work, and/or some physical therapy, but you can overcome the injury. Don't let others tell you that you CAN'T do something.  Put your mind to it.  Complete everything your doctors tell you you need to do, surgery, PT, what ever it takes and get a release before you got back out.  But DO IT!!!  If I could, so can you!!!


Hi Viclioce,

 

I am wondering when did you tear your medial meniscus and have your knee reco ? Have you got any OA ?

I have torn both my meniscus and ACL and going for knee reco next week. I am wondering if it worthwhile for me to return to skiing.

My quality of life is more important, I am also afraid of getting bad OA because of this injury.

 

Cheers

post #13 of 16
Fabienzan:

You can count on the osteoarthritis down the road, regardless of what you do. It will develop wherever you have the scar tissue. The big secret is to keep going. Stay flexible, keep skiing and do a lot of walking to stay limber.

I did not have ACL reconstruction. Back in 1988, my Dr. Told me that large bone structured people get by with out it a lot easier than small & medium boned people. And they weren't doing the type of reconstruction. Then that they do now. So I have no ACL in my right knee. I also tore my medial meniscus. But you can recover and use a brace for any activity which puts strain or stress on your knee. My surgery was 26 years ago. I'm 58 now, my birthday having just passed in August. It hasn't slowed me down a bit and doesn't have to slow you down either. In fact, this will be my 10th season teaching as an adaptive ski instructor.

Three years ago, I tripped at school and partially tore my PCL and both menisci in 3 places. Had clean up surgery for that as well. Go a new brace for the left knee and have successfully skied two more seasons! Don't let ANYTHING stop you! ; ) Victor
post #14 of 16

That's good to hear. When did you get your medial meniscus trimmed  (how much did they trim)? That is the worrying part for me as it is a root tear of the medial meniscus in my case and I understand this is pretty common and bad to have with a ACL tear.

Do you do any leg strengthening to keep in shape ?

post #15 of 16

Ski with knee bindings

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by viclioce View Post

Fabienzan:

You can count on the osteoarthritis down the road, regardless of what you do. It will develop wherever you have the scar tissue. The big secret is to keep going. Stay flexible, keep skiing and do a lot of walking to stay limber.

I did not have ACL reconstruction. Back in 1988, my Dr. Told me that large bone structured people get by with out it a lot easier than small & medium boned people. And they weren't doing the type of reconstruction. Then that they do now. So I have no ACL in my right knee. I also tore my medial meniscus. But you can recover and use a brace for any activity which puts strain or stress on your knee. My surgery was 26 years ago. I'm 58 now, my birthday having just passed in August. It hasn't slowed me down a bit and doesn't have to slow you down either. In fact, this will be my 10th season teaching as an adaptive ski instructor.

Three years ago, I tripped at school and partially tore my PCL and both menisci in 3 places. Had clean up surgery for that as well. Go a new brace for the left knee and have successfully skied two more seasons! Don't let ANYTHING stop you! ; ) Victor


Hi Vicloce,

 

Have you got OA now ? WHat do you mean that it will develop whereve you have the scar tissue ? Is that where meniscus tear are left unrepaired that scare tissue develops ? 26 years after ACL tear and medial meniscus trimmed not having major OA issue is surprising to me.

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