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Anyone ever have a knee injury from skiing?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

 I was skiing yesterday and had my first real injury.  I was carving fast and my left ski hit or caught something (?), I literally saw my knee twist all the way around.  It was like "The Exorcist", onlyit was my knee!  I did not have too much pain, but when I tried to stand up my patella felt like it slipped sideways and my leg buckled.  I couldn't ski or walk down, had to take the sled (first time, ugh!).  I am going to the doc tomorrow, but assuming I tore/stretched my MCL (inner knee ligament). We were supposed to leave on a ski trip tomorrow   I just need a little encouragement.  Anyone ever have an injury like this?  How long was recovery?  Share please, I'm really nervous about it.  Thanks.

post #2 of 12

3 years ago, same thing, told needed surgery.

 

Can't miss work in summer & not about to sit a winter season.

 

Been wearing a brace on the hill ever since.

 

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Wow.  Maybe in a week I'll consider trying a brace.  I don't work in the summer, but I am equally as active as winter, so I dread the thought of surgery. Thanks for the info

post #4 of 12

Last year I got taken out from behind by another skier. What I thought for sure was a torn medial meniscus turned out to be a strain that cleared in a few weeks. I wish that for you. To get hurt just before a ski trip is disheartening. My best suggestion is to let it heal before getting back on it. Patience can often be the best healer and hardest medicine. You may also want to have your bindings checked. Seems to me that they should have released under such circumstances.

Happy trails and a swift recovery.

David

PS: For "encouragement" I ordered a pair off Blizzard Titan Cronus just before I called for the MRI. And they were delivered a week later, waiting for me when I got back to my office after having the test.

post #5 of 12

You may want to get it checked out.

 

In my case, I would be off work for 6 weeks, or skiing for the year.

 

I didn't mean to not go to the doctor.

 

Most knee problems can be fixed with a scope, in most cases (office workers) return to work within 2 day's.

 

I'm not a doctor or giving you advice, just stated what I did.

 

Good luck.

post #6 of 12

 Lot's of info here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/list/16

 

I did my ACL and MCL last year.  The MCL was pretty painful and seemed to take longer to heal.  Don't rule out your ACL (sorry but someone has to say it) because the propeller like twisting that your knee did is the exact movement it takes.  I was on my back sliding down hill when my left tail tip hit and sent the front tip spinning inboard.

 

When I called the doctors office to make the appointment the PA I was talking to said "Let me guess.  Your front tip spun, right?"  me - "Yes.  How did you know?"  him "That's how I did mine and how most of them happen."

 

I ski with an off the shelf brace courtesy of the DMVA.  It's a Bledsoe Axiom Sport.  Seems to do the job fine.  Took a good digger about 3 weeks back and was fine. Ski popped off and binding was set on 8 (my max).  

 http://www.bledsoebrace.com/products/axiomsport.asp

 

When people tell you the brace is a pain and always slips, it's because they didn't put it on right.  The strap above the calf holds it up and should be secure.  All the other straps only hold the brace to the leg.  Those should be snug and not tight.

 

I still don't have an ACL and after 30 days skiing, I can't seem to come up with a reason to get one that out weighs the down side (i.e. quote from a surgeon "There is nothing that surgery can't make worse.").

 

I would rather have not experienced this.

 

Best of luck to you and hoping it is a quick recovery.

 

Ken

post #7 of 12

I, unfortunately have had some knee injuries. Racing took out both of my ACL's and did some damage to my medial meniscus on my right knee.  A poorly judged drop took out the MCL on my left knee.  Knee injuries happen in sports.  It sucks, I wish you a speedy recovery

 

I never wear a knee brace as my ortho feels that one doesn't develop the smaller muscles in the joint which will help prevent an injury.  Even when I enter big mtn comps I don't wear a brace (those are getting less frequent every year).  My knees are strong and I work to keep them that way, lots of cycling during the summer, spinning in the winter, lots of climbing uphill and a pretty significant weight regimen.  You'll be fine

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone for your input, I feel better about it.  I told my husband I could sit at home and knit (he doesn't ski), but that is not going to happen.  Actually, we have rescheduled our trip for a few days later and I am going to go watch my son ski.  I know that sounds like torture, but it is his college's spring break and he has been looking so forward to it.  I will just have to shop for some new gear, that will make me feel better  Thanks again, everyone stay safe and ski a couple extra runs for me!

post #9 of 12

Just for clarity:

 

My ortho doesn't recommend a brace after the acl has been replaced either.  He recommended one to me as I don't have an acl.  I believe this is so I don't dislocate my knee in a fall.

 

I do know people that don't have an acl and don't wear a brace  and have gone without incident for a very long time.

 

I spend a bit of time working my legs on the stationary bike and bosu ball.  The bosu ball helps work all the support muscles that typically get over looked and are needed for balance. 

 

It kills me that bosu balls cost so much.

post #10 of 12


 

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 Lot's of info here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/list/16

 

I did my ACL and MCL last year.  The MCL was pretty painful and seemed to take longer to heal.  Don't rule out your ACL (sorry but someone has to say it) because the propeller like twisting that your knee did is the exact movement it takes.  I was on my back sliding down hill when my left tail tip hit and sent the front tip spinning inboard.

 

When I called the doctors office to make the appointment the PA I was talking to said "Let me guess.  Your front tip spun, right?"  me - "Yes.  How did you know?"  him "That's how I did mine and how most of them happen."

 

I ski with an off the shelf brace courtesy of the DMVA.  It's a Bledsoe Axiom Sport.  Seems to do the job fine.  Took a good digger about 3 weeks back and was fine. Ski popped off and binding was set on 8 (my max).  

 http://www.bledsoebrace.com/products/axiomsport.asp

 

.

 

Ken


 

Just out of curiousity, how do you get the DMVA (are you speaking of the VA?) to provide a knee brace?

post #11 of 12

As Skierhj said:

"My knees are strong and I work to keep them that way, lots of cycling during the summer, spinning in the winter, lots of climbing uphill and a pretty significant weight regimen."

 

I had a couple of partial tears of my left knee some 14-odd years ago. I used a brace for recovery, but stopped using it and really focused on cycling for a while (I'm now a die-hard cyclist directly because of that). Also keep working the entire region around the knee with resistance work and get into the pool. It forced some good habits on me, and now that I'm >50, I am able to keep up with the young'uns most all the time.  All because of that bad fall.  And like you, the wonderful Patrollers had to sled me out... Good blessings to them all!

post #12 of 12

"Just out of curiousity, how do you get the DMVA (are you speaking of the VA?) to provide a knee brace?"

 

I brought the prescription for one from the OS from the private practice I went to and they ordered me one.  Could have had the whole thing taken care of by them.

 

Any Vet can be seen by them. 

 

If you're a Vet and only see them for prescriptions it is worth it for you and them.  The get paid by attendance and you get your prescriptions dirt cheap and an annual physical.

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