Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes: '04 Bianchi Pista, Felt F4R, '85 Trek 660, 80s Fuji fixie conversion
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I've had this happen several times, and just thinking about it makes my stomach churn. The first time it happened was playing basketball; my upper leg twisted one way, the lower leg went the other. The worst feeling ever. I've had it reoccur (on both legs, actually) several times from skateboarding, etc. For me it means many months of being slightly gimpy and unsure of how much stress I can put on it. At one point a doctor told me they could do surgery to tighten up the muscles that hold the kneecap in place, or I could just live with it and see how it goes. Strengthening the quads is supposedly a good way to keep things in line, so hopefully putting in miles on the bike will keep them in good shape.
It's something I live in constant fear of, though.