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Old 02-17-09, 01:31 PM
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PCL injury

How badly could I have injured my posterior cruciate ligament by riding 4 hours on a too-high saddle?

The back of my left knee has been hurting any time I put weight on it and extend it to within maybe 5 degrees of maximal extension.

Also, any idea how to rehab it? RICE?
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Old 02-17-09, 01:34 PM
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You did the right thing by asking BF for medical advice... Smart man as im sure we can all help here. I have one question, do you own a soldering iron?
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PCL injury? I thought he was talking about his printer.
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1) You did the right thing by assuming BF is the only place I'm going for medical advice.
2) I'm not looking for help, I'm looking for additional opinions. Specifically from those on this board with a higher level of medical education than me.
3) Yes, I own a soldering iron.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
How badly could I have injured my posterior cruciate ligament by riding 4 hours on a too-high saddle?

Also, any idea how to rehab it? RICE?
The person –or website- who diagnosed the PCL injury should be able to answer your questions.
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Old 02-17-09, 01:41 PM
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bd, check with someone who practices ART - Active Release Technique. It's going to be slightly painful but I'm sure it will help.
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Old 02-17-09, 01:47 PM
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One more thing... Besides your PCL, it could also be your popliteal muscle / tendon. A.R.T should help as well for both.
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Old 02-17-09, 01:48 PM
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I'll find out exactly what it is after my appointment later this week, thanks for the input
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I highly doubt you did anything to your PCL. sounds more like a hamstring issue. PCL controls front/back movement of your knee and shouldn't be effected by extension like that. Even if you did it would be a sprain max.. nothing that a bit of rest and ice wouldn't fix. could be where your calf attaches too since you would have had to been reaching too far at the bottom.

RICE.. light hamstring stretching.. try some calf stretches(straight knee and bent knee) see if that's where the tightness is.
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Old 02-17-09, 02:09 PM
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PCL injuries are rare, and most are from force. you're itb is probably acting up. stretching, massage, and use of that soldering iron judiciously should have you back in business in no time.
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Old 02-17-09, 02:58 PM
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I had this for a while when I was commuting on a fixed gear for a month or so with the saddle too high. I actually got bruising on the back of both knees, it was so bad. Just go easy on it; I doubt there is any permanent damage. It'll heal on it's own, even as you still ride. I still get it every so often if I'm doing a lot of climbing.
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Old 02-17-09, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
I highly doubt you did anything to your PCL. sounds more like a hamstring issue. PCL controls front/back movement of your knee and shouldn't be effected by extension like that. Even if you did it would be a sprain max.. nothing that a bit of rest and ice wouldn't fix. could be where your calf attaches too since you would have had to been reaching too far at the bottom.

RICE.. light hamstring stretching.. try some calf stretches(straight knee and bent knee) see if that's where the tightness is.
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When I got it, it was just from overextending the hamstring. Stretch it out and go easy on it for a couple days.
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Old 02-17-09, 03:30 PM
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5 day taper of prednisone ftw
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Old 02-17-09, 08:42 PM
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It's probably not your PCL. You'll recover after you lower your saddle.

Stretch the calves and hams as much as you can without pain. Use topical analgesics and OTC anti-inflammatories. Ice if you want. Rest will help, though if you stop hyperextending the knee (by fixing the saddle issue) on the bike, you probably won't make it worse by doing some easy rides. Maybe minimize the climbing or anything that would make you drop your heels.
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Old 02-17-09, 10:06 PM
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Dude. Not your PCL. Hope that makes you feel better.
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My wife blew her PCl, an isolated tear which is rare, by hyperextending her leg in a funky manner while landing a vault in gymnastics during her junior year in college.

You, OTOH, likely tweaked a hammy or something. If it doesn't improve with rest and such, then go have a pro look at it. In order to get a good diagnosis, find a doc or physical therapist that can examine you and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

I had a strained hamstring tendon last year and was off of the bike for 6 weeks while doing PT, but the flexibily that I gained has almost made it worth it. I chased a couple of cat 2's around for three hours and then did our fine state's largest climb, a three mile, 1000 foot wonder that was poorly placed for my body at the time.
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Originally Posted by ImprezaDrvr View Post
My wife blew her PCl, an isolated tear which is rare, by hyperextending her leg in a funky manner while landing a vault in gymnastics during her junior year in college.

You, OTOH, likely tweaked a hammy or something. If it doesn't improve with rest and such, then go have a pro look at it. In order to get a good diagnosis, find a doc or physical therapist that can examine you and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

I had a strained hamstring tendon last year and was off of the bike for 6 weeks while doing PT, but the flexibily that I gained has almost made it worth it. I chased a couple of cat 2's around for three hours and then did our fine state's largest climb, a three mile, 1000 foot wonder that was poorly placed for my body at the time.
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this thread is older enough that Doge could get it a racing license
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