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Old 02-29-12, 04:16 PM
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knee injuries

those of you who have had knee injuries, how long did it take you to recover and start cycling again?
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Old 02-29-12, 04:34 PM
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none. But it wasn't bike related, bike even helps to remove pain...
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Old 02-29-12, 04:42 PM
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what type of injury are we talking about here? sprain? tear?
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I had chronic sore knees that were totally cured when I bought speedplay pedals and a professional fit.
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It's like asking how much did you spend on your bike, a whole myriad of answers depending on the specific injury...
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Depends on what type of injury. Overuse injuries are very different than traumatic injuries.
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I have runner's knee and I've been dealing with it for about 4 months now (it's taking longer because I had to keep running for a class for the first 3 months). But now that I'm not running or biking, I feel like my recovery is going much quicker.

But it really depends on what you've done to your knees!
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Old 02-29-12, 06:25 PM
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Does this have something to do with you being a little behind on your payments??
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3 years before I got back on the bike properly after chronic bursitis which occurred at the same time as a tear to the femoral bicep and mild ITB.

I attacked a hill one day at the end of a long ride while (looking back) overtrained - I quickly wished I hadn't.....
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Old 02-29-12, 08:52 PM
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I had my knee rebuilt after a bad car accident ripped it apart. Cycling was one of the sooner things I could do, but ROM can be a serious issue. Stick to flat ground at first until you build the strength around your joint... And talk to your doctor!! It's low impact.

If I did it again, I would start on a stationary.


(Now I have patellofemoral arthritis. Biking is about the only thing I can do that doesn't leave me hurting)
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Old 02-29-12, 09:05 PM
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I waited about 6 weeks after surgery (arthroscopic) and roughly the end of physical therapy - I have very little cartilage left in one knee (got hit by a car) and normally, the weather aggravates it more than cycling does.

Ironically, I got frisky on a diving board right at about the 6 week mark after my LAST surgery in 2006 and broke my foot, which required 3 surgeries to mostly fix. So yeah, maybe don't rush it.
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About a week after having part of my meniscus removed to get back on the bike... but a year to get back to running.
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ACL reconstructive surgery 8 days ago. Every day I feel A little bit better. Still swollen pretty good. Atleast I can sit on a stool and tool around with my bikes.
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One reason I cycle is because it makes my knees feel better. If I don't cycle for a few days I have to wear knee brace/supports. I have patellar tendonitis.
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1st - arthroscopic cleanup, debridement, lateral release, 2 weeks before gentle stationary recumbent, 3 more weeks before gentle road riding, 6 months post-surgery before I was back at 100%
2nd - (other knee) fulkerson osteotomy, cleanup, debridement, lateral release, 4 weeks before gentle stationary recumbent, 4 weeks more before gentle road riding, racing 6 months post-surgery, 7.5 months post-surgery before finishing in the cat 4 pack.
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Originally Posted by rmr1923 View Post
what type of injury are we talking about here? sprain? tear?
Sprain with a possible tear, my bike landed flat on my inner left knee area, left a large bruise!
it hurts just standing and sitting, like a rusty hinge.
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Tear of your ligaments? Much longer and more difficult recovery.

tear of your meniscus? Might be really quick actually, depending on the severity.
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Old 03-01-12, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Virgle View Post
ACL reconstructive surgery 8 days ago. Every day I feel A little bit better. Still swollen pretty good. Atleast I can sit on a stool and tool around with my bikes.
Twice. Waited about 6 weeks before getting on the bike again. Not so much the knee, it was ready around 4 weeks, but the ligament is so weak at that point, my doctor didn't want me hitting holes in the road, etc. which could cause the ligament to tear.

Riding a lot before surgery made rehab quite easy as the quads were in great shape.
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Took a long while but due to re-injuries, multiple surgeries, cartilage loss, related trauma, and ultimately muscle wasting. Not a good or typical example of a standard recovery in other words. The take home points: depends on the injury, there is ample research supporting spinning as a recovery aid, and ultimately cycling can help keep the knees lubed and pain free. Personally if I stop cycling for a couple to a few weeks the knees ache, feel gritty, and generally give me grief. A consistent and well managed cycling regime mostly avoids those problems and even keeps me from desiring meds (be it OTC NSAIDS or the stronger stuff).
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Old 03-02-12, 11:17 AM
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Torn meniscus surgery 3 days ago. Had tear removal and not repair which would have a longer recovery.

Interested to see how long it takes to get back on bike and what doctor says at post-op visit.
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Old 03-07-12, 12:43 PM
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arthroscopic ACL replacement surgery 15 days ago. I can't walk without crutches yet but I see it happening soon. I can pedal (on a stationary bike ha) so I'm gettin range of motion back. Physical therapist says I'm ahead of the game. Surgery sucks. Good news cycling is a highly suggested rehad exercise by my doctor. bad news skateboarding is terrible for my body.
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