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Old 05-27-14, 10:26 AM   #1
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I Knee-d Advice

I had my left knee scoped two weeks ago for a partial tear in the lateral meniscus. I've been away from riding for a few years, but as soon as I'm cleared to do so, I want to get back on my Giant OCR 3 for rehab. Age: 60 6'3"/265 (20# weight gain due to inactivity prior to surgery) What can I expect as far as getting back on my bike? Do I risk further injury? Ultimate goal is my first Century sometime down the road.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone with experience recovering from a similar procedure. Thanks!
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Old 05-27-14, 11:27 AM   #2
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I was riding my bike on the rollers 3 days after surgery. I rode easy for a few days, only 30-45 minutes at a time. After about a month I went out on my first hilly group ride, but I took it easy and stayed at the back. After a few months of my usual riding, I was about back to normal.
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Strength training. It is like reinforcing your chassis with braces, roll over cage, stronger materials etc.

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A good physical therapist should be able to help. If possible, find one who's a cyclist. But typically, cycling is OK on the knees.

Also work stretching and mobility into your routine as you continue to recover. Kelly Starrett at MobilityWOD is the best in the business here: mobilitywod.com
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I'd ask you doctor as to what you may expect. In my case I waited about 3 months after injury hoping it would cure itself, it did not. So I had surgery to trim my torn lateral and medial meniscus . Age is a factor, I'm 63. I was able to ride for the first time around a month after surgery, I have no pain, but a lot of clicking sounds when extending my leg. 4 1/2 months after surgery I'm now doing 110 to 120 mile weeks and feeling good, I still have some swelling that should have disappeared long ago, but has not. So not to worry, IMO my recovery is taking a bit longer than normal however the end result, with patience and exercise seem fine, yours likely will be quicker. Good luck.
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If you google meniscus surgery , you'll find that in the US they literally do several hundred thousand per year, it's a common procedure, they have plenty of opportunity to practice. The numbers are amazing.
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