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Torn knee anterior cruciate

8:54:26 PM
You're right about the quads.

It took me ages to get full extension and in reality even after 3 months I didn't have full range with flexibility which was an issue for my sailing. Don't stress about it, progress at a rate you and your physio are happy with. If you want to progress faster, talk to your physio about how much the work load can be increased, in other words don't double the work load without discussing it with him/her.

The graft does take sort of take 12 months to fully bond as your surgeon said, but I'd listen to your physio about the timing of the activities you get involved, they have more knowledge in this area than your surgeon. I was back climbing in 3 months, but I was not permitted to twist on that leg, with the leg loaded, I was also meant to lower my grades but that was quickly forgotten to some extent. You're likely to struggle for a long time to do some of the power moves i.e. standing up from a one leg squat position on that leg. My physio said I could have 1 days downhill skiing withing 7 months, if I stayed on green runs and cross country skiing on the flat. There was a huge phychological barrier to overcome with the dh skiing, as it a situation which your control is all through the legs and specifically loading the knee to turn one way, so while I went skiing, I wasn't really comfortable with the idea and that took a long time to get over.
11:47:47 PM
On 25/09/2007 lost_wanderer wrote:
>The reason he says 12 months is that the graft takes that long to develop
>full strength.If you rupture your graft it is very difficult to repair.AS
>long as you are not climbing near your limit and do not fall off there
>is no reason not to do some climbing between 6 and 12 months.Also be careful
>heelhooking with the affected leg.Do the physio!Good luck

yeah I should have said drop-knee moves can be bad also. High step moves will be harder until your legs get strong again. I can't see why climbing at your limit would be automatically bad (your limit will be lower due to time off anyway), so long as you are on routes with clean falls (no ledges etc). But then again you always need to be more careful when climbing above ledges etc that there's potential to hit.

6:41:22 AM
>I've found climbing mostly ok since disclocating my patella.

I think time is the best healer. I had a partial dislocation, when doing a roof ... a bent, longitudinally loaded knee also with lots of lateral load on it ... a loud audible "pop" and followed by a loud audible scream of pain. I have very strong legs from years of cycling etc but it didn't seem to help. It took a long time to heal but it's fine now with no apparent weakness.

11:17:37 AM
I wonder when people will realise that most ortho surgeons are as good at rehab advice as they are at say flower arrangement (although there are doubtless a few of those)

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