I assumed this was a troll. +1 will add to ignore.
post #31 of 36
1/28/09 at 8:08am
Dude, listen up, we are not being rude when we keep saying go see a doctor. I understand you probably can't afford one, but at least make sure you understand the consequences to your life.
I recently had a ski injury and felt pain in my knee. Before I could see a doc or get an MRI, I was able to limp around and then slowly walk around, drive my manual car and just move about slowly. I thought, oh, if I can do all this, must just be some meniscus damage causing the swelling and maybe a partial tear.
I just heard my MRI results today (verified with Lachman's test) that I have completely torn off my ACL. I dont feel any pain, as there are no nerve endings in the ACL. Now, as you know, you can continue functioning almost normally with a torn ACL. You dont really need it for balance, stability, walking or even running (in a straight line ). You really mainly need it when twisting. So, if you continue without repairing the ACL (I know it costs a lot), you're more susceptible to future damage the next time your knee gives out (tearing other ligaments in the area, etc), and I believe arthritis sets in earlier. But yeah, without repair, the other ligaments in the area will cope and the muscles will get stronger and your good leg will take up some lack.
If you can't afford medical care, do some research into some govt clinics or even military hospitals; maybe working on a farm can get you into some charitable or govt funded hospital.
We just dont want to see another skier do more damage to this wonderful body that we've all been given and want to see everyone get better so that they can ski more We're all friends in here.
But yeah, to reiterate, there are no particular knee exercises, it's more exercises for the muscles above and below the knee. Your quad seems to be the most important. Try this: sit down with your legs straight out and flex the quad of the injured leg. You should be able to see your quad flex and the knee cap move closer to your torso. This will show you how strong the connection is between your brain and your quad. Then work on simple leg raises, maybe put a weight on your ankle. If the knee is injured, the body loses strength in the quad to protect the injured part (I just got all this from my physical therapist, just passing it on).