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Miracle healing through cycling

Old 08-21-01, 10:19 AM
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Miracle healing through cycling

Almost 30 years ago, I fell while snow skiing. It was not a bad fall. I had just gotten off the chair lift and was still on the relatively level "roadway" to the top of the (elementary) run I was planning to ski so I was not moving fast at all. While chatting with my brother, I wandered just off the well packed trail into some crusty stuff which I broke through and fell. My right binding popped loose just fine, but the left one held on a while as I rolled half to 3/4 of a turn, twisting my left ankle like a rubber band. I didn't go see a doctor, and it took well over a year for the ankle to feel normal again.

Things were normal for years. Several years later, I took up running and even completed a marathon. Running career ended with a foot injury, but the ankle was still fine.

A few years later, seemingly out of nowhere, the ankle suddenly started acting up again. I had been playing golf, walking, every week for almost a year with no problem. Suddenly, I could still walk the course though the ankle would hurt by the end, and the next day, I could hardly put weight on the ankle. By the third day, it would be OK again. After a while I stopped playing golf because I preferred not to ride in a cart. For almost 15 years, any time I stood on the ankle for any length of time, I would pay dearly the next day. The more I abused it, the worse it was. Anything - standing at a party or anywhere, doing projects around the house, anything that involved standing. As you can imagine, this was pretty much a weekly thing. I would do the damage on the weekend then hobble around in pain until Wednesday. Sometimes the pain was so bad I literally used a neat painted cane my brother had bought be in Mexico as a joke or lean on a dresser or wall to get weight off of the ankle.

Last November I started commuting about 21 miles round trip. Saturday, we moved my daughter into an apartment for her second year in vet school. I spent all morning loading a moving van and all afternoon unloading it. This should have left me in agony later. I woke up later that night to go to the bathroom. When I got back in bed I realized that not only did my ankle not hurt at all, but I could not remember the last time it did hurt!

Only one thing has changed, daily cycling. It has achieved a miraculous cure. The ankle is still not quite 100%. I sense a slight weakness that just feels like if I were to make a misstep and twist or turn it even slightly it would hurt more than a normal ankle. But at least it doesn't hurt! I even spent the next day standing for several hours working on a project. Still no pain. Now I have lost some weight, but I weighed less than now when the ankle first started bothering me so weight loss can only be a small part of the improvement.

Better living through cycling! Another reason to do it!
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Old 08-21-01, 10:38 AM
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Althoe I've alvays loved cycling, I use to frequently play basketball, floor hockey and soccer to help stay in shape. Over the last couple years I've developed tendonitis in my right foot, and now, except on rare occasions most activities except cycling are (and swimming) physicaly impossible. cycling is a great cardio workout that is easy on my joints....and its great fun, alone of with a group.

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I have two bad knees, one is missing parts, eventually both of them will need to be replaced. If I can ride regularly I can walk pretty well, if I can't ride walking can be a real struggle.
Ride Therapeutically
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Old 08-21-01, 04:19 PM
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Cycling maintains what passes for "my sanity"

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Raymond,

That is so great! :thumbup:

I really thrilled to hear that your old injury seems to be disappearing!
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I have a similar tale.

I work all day at a computer and I used to get pains in my right wrist - mouse hand. The pain wasn't unbearable, but annoying.

Since I've been biking I think my wrists have gotten stronger and I haven't had a day's trouble with my wrist since. I still get the occasinal twinge, but it last's for minutes or even seconds rather than the constant ache I used to get.

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Acording to my physical the****** cycling is one of the best things to do for my shoulder. Just make sure I do not fall.
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Have to throw in my newbie 2 cents worth~~ This past winter's end, I could not walk from the bed to the bathroom without tears~~ Freezer full of IcePacks~~Knees still had *growing pains* left over from childhood~~ Since I got on the bike, I am trotting all over~~ Awesome~~
Also am amazed at the difference between biking and nonbiking days~~ The further the ride, the better the knees~~ All Meds tossed~~Happy to blame it on the Bike~
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Sounds like there might be something to this cycling thing after all.
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Originally posted by RainmanP
Almost 30 years ago, I fell while snow skiing. It was not a bad fall. I had just gotten off the chair lift and was still on the relatively level "roadway" to the top of the (elementary) run I was planning to ski so I was not moving fast at all. While chatting with my brother, I wandered just off the well packed trail into some crusty stuff which I broke through and fell. My right binding popped loose just fine, but the left one held on a while as I rolled half to 3/4 of a turn, twisting my left ankle like a rubber band. I didn't go see a doctor, and it took well over a year for the ankle to feel normal again.
Ray,

A little over 30 years ago, I had a similar experience, with more drastic consequences. Snow skiing, fell down on a moderate slope, binding did not release. Ended up on my bum with the left ski (along with my foot) across the slope, and nice "green-twig" breaks in both the tibia and fibula. Four years later, being x-rayed for broken bones after a car accident, the orthopedic surgeon thought this was a fresh break!

Anyway, thanks to these and other incidents, impact activities such as running or jogging are just not in the cards for me. Cycling gets me outdoors, doing an activity I enjoy, without inflicting further injury on 'dese ole bones'.

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