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Old 01-17-08, 05:43 AM   #1
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training after knee'scoped' how much + how fast

I like many of us, have used up my meniscus, and the residue needs to be cleaned up and sucked out. there will be some bone reformation. doc says "in three or four weeks" please tell me your progress with same. hope to ride by april and keep up with my 14 yr old son. got me a trainer and plan to start riding 3 or 4 x's daily and lengthening the time each five days.
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That's sounds a bit more major than my meniscus surgery. I was on my rollers 4 days after surgery, spinning very lightly in zone 1 for 30 minutes. I did that for about a month, gradually increasing time and effort, before I went on my first hill ride. I tried to keep the effort just below pain. I had the surgery in April and by late summer I was riding normally, except for the loss in fitness, and went on a 10-day backpack with no problems. Riding made a big difference in my speed of recovery. It took about a year and a half before all the scar tissue was gone and the knee stopped bothering me.

Riding three or four times per day is probably much too ambitious. Give it time and don't set goals, but keep after it steadily.

I ride with a long time competitive marathoner who has no cartilage in his knees or ankles. Bone on bone. He spins fast and takes ibuprofen when he rides.

Good luck with your healing.
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Old 01-17-08, 09:10 AM   #3
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you will need to stay in touch with your doctors.

you can train hard and feel great, knee feels terrific and you are
perfrming better than ever, then one year later blam your
knee will be the size of a basketball


do not ask for advice on the internets about YOUR knee
the only real answer is stay off it until your doctor says you
can use it
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you will need to stay in touch with your doctors.

you can train hard and feel great, knee feels terrific and you are
perfrming better than ever, then one year later blam your
knee will be the size of a basketball


do not ask for advice on the internets about YOUR knee
the only real answer is stay off it until your doctor says you
can use it
I guess this must have happened to you, edzo. The obvious thing is whatever you did to make this happen, don't do it anymore. My personal restrictions, not my doctor's: no more max weights at the gym, no more speedwork at the gym, no more running. The thing about orthopods is that they're carpenters. Most of them don't know doodly about the effects of cycling on rehab. You might get lucky and find one who cycles or who has frequent patients who do. I can't count the number of times I've had seriously bad advice from doctors on orthopedic issues. Unbelievably bad advice.

Major items:
After my achilles tendon repair I was told I'd never run, hike or ride hard again.
My wife's shredded gastrocenemius (I think) tendon was diagnosed for a year as tendonitis. She was told to take stronger drugs.
My chrondomalacia was diagnosed as "loose patella" and I was told to avoid physical activity involving my legs.
My torn meniscus was diagnosed as tendonitis, and I was told to exercise less.
My forearm tendonitis was diagnosed as "chronic" and I was told to apply for disability. (I'm self-employed )
All the these things were 100% wrong.
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