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Old 10-13-07, 11:42 AM   #1
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Knee Injury Recovery

On Sept. 19 some poor lady didn't happen to see me as I was heading south on a 2-way street. She had been heading north and turned left (to head west) directly into me. I was riding my fixed gear bike (no I don't ride brakeless) to a friend's for dinner, but my plans were delayed as I was thrust headlong over the hood of her car.

I managed to roll and only graze my helmet on the ground. I hit the funny bone on impact making me immediately think something terrible was wrong, but that went away. Besides a few scrapes on my arms most everything seemed all right. As I stood giving a report to the officer called to the scene and while the firemen cleaned up my knees, it became apparent my legs were in rough shape.

My left knee was scraped clean of a few layers of skin and was bruised up. The right knee had taken a serious impact and had a nice quarter inch deep impact gouge in it. I was told it may require stitches or just extra intensive care (I ended up opting for the latter).

Over the next couple of days both my knees were swollen and locked up. I limped around until they got better, then after two weeks visited a doctor to double check and make certain there was no serious damage. This is when I began riding again.

I knew I wouldn't be able to ride with the same distance or intensity for some time, which in pair with a 30 mile round trip was a bummer, but fortunately I have a vehicle to take care of that. When I did try to go for a 15 mile ride (on a 12sp road bike) with a buddy along recreational trails though, the knee flared up and went back to the same aggravated state. I spent another three weeks or so off the bike to recover "fully."

It's now been two months since the accident and even to this day I can only manage about five or six miles on a road bike and maybe eight on my fixed gear (I should mention they lady was extremely curtious and concerned, giving me about $700 to replace my bike. Of course I splurged and threw down an extra $400 to build my dream bike).

Anyway, I really need to start riding more again. I've got some depression creeping into my life and I know bicycle riding could help, just not in its limited state. Any suggestions as to something I could use to aid my knee recovery? I've heard glucosamine for a couple of weeks can have a good effect on bruised ligaments and tendons but I've also heard it's expensive and I'm just a broke college kiddo. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 10-13-07, 11:45 AM   #2
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Sorry for the double post. Silly work network. Please delete one thread.
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Glucosomine and anti-inflamatories (lots of both, even if it's not hurting.)

Get clipless if you haven't already.

Try not to drive too much.

And it's interesting that you can go longer on the fixie. Same thing happened to me a while back and I also found that to be true.
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Good info. Much appreciated. As far as I can tell, riding fixed helps complete the rotation of the crank each time, eliminating the "dead spot." At the top of each rotation, where a fixed gear forces continuous pedal rotation, if riding clipless the leg tends to pull the crank forward in order to make up for this lacking momentum. I think this is what agitates my knee more quickly. I figure if I rode only flats on fixed I could go twice the distance, but I live on a city that's just one enormous hill and no matter where you go you're bound to end up descending or ascending for a long stretch. This is what further agitates things.
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