View Full Version : Bench Warming(Knee Related)
11-03-2004, 03:41 PM
Well, the doc says I'm going to be out for a min of 4 weeks. altagirl, could you scoot over a bit? Thanks...
So, for the story...
This past Monday I managed to screw up my knee skiing at Brighton, the same day midget has all those great shoots. Was coming down from GW on a groomed trail between pow stashes on the first run and augered into a patch of soft snow near the edge of the trail laid out in a turn at speed. My skis cut about a 2 foot deep trench while I went over the handle bars. Got up, and my knee felt pretty tender on the inside. Ski to the bottom and midget says to call it a day(smart guy). I say let's try another since I can support my weight and wanted to see what's up. I'm riding up the chair I nearly get sick from the pain while midget asks if I want to do some slutting(funny guy). That's it, I'm done. Ended up sitting in the lodge for 5 hours while my group finished the day.
A few utards that were there knew what was up but I was keeping it on the dl until I knew more and also since I was a little too depressed to talk about it. Anyhow, just got back from TOSH(Dr. West resident, thanks a.c.) and I have a grade 2 mcl sprain and everything else is fine("Your acl is bomber, so that's good"). I can resume activities as my pain tolerance allows. I have a followup in 4 weeks and the doc says no skiing until that appt. even if I feel no pain. It's likely I'll be back on skis shortly after that if I give myself time to recover he says so the mini still looks possible. So far it looks like I was lucky.
Sorry for the skiing related diversion... ;)
11-03-2004, 03:50 PM
deep or superficial? i had a level 1 (least tear) deep mcl that took me out of the end of my season. i stayed off of it for about 6 weeks and then hit main chute on may 30th this year. the good thing about mcl's is that they heal themselves. good luck on the recovery. hint-alcohol slows the healing process. i know you want to drink when something like this happens, but take it easy.
11-03-2004, 03:50 PM
Ouch man. There's talk of high-pressure anyway. Heal up quick.
11-03-2004, 03:51 PM
Damn Brad...that just plain sucks.
But you do know that you are one lucky dude, just the MCL.
Dr. West is amazing. Get in, get on with recovery and get out. He's incredibley knowledgable and to the point.
Do some PT and you will be good to go, just make sure you don't push it and make sure to give it the time it needs. Rushing it is a big NO NO, we all know that.
Best of luck and heal up strong.
Call ya soon.
11-03-2004, 03:54 PM
yup, yer lucky its just your mcl....just rest it for 4 - 6 weeks and follow your docs advice. I sprained my mcl a little while back and I was back on skis within about 5 weeks.
11-03-2004, 03:59 PM
Well if there is any good news, it is that your MCL will heal up fine and your ACL is "bomber". Are you going to PT? f not maybe ask to go. They will hook you up with some ultrasound, some range of motion and some strenght exercises to keep your quads strong.
I might be out for early season also. I'm pretty sure I have a mensical tear from a couple seasons ago that is loose. Dr. appt. next Thurs to see about surgery.
11-03-2004, 04:17 PM
sorry B; but at least you picked a good time to do it - high and dry
same thing happened to me last year
2 weeks you'll be back on groomies
and 3 you'll be back skiing some wasatch deep
(all with a brace of course)
do what you can within limits of pain
and don't be afeard of pushing yourself a little bit
call me or pm if you want more specifics
11-03-2004, 04:56 PM
That really sucks. Listen to the doctor and get into PT right away. From all of my injuries in late August, my grade 3 tear of the MCL has probably healed the best. Hopefully that is all you did and rest will make you good as new. I can't say enough about PT, they have been great. We go to Alta Life Center, probably too far from your end of the woods but there must be some killer PT's in Park City.
Just be glad you didn't fracture anything and tear your hamstring, that REALLY sucks to come back from. Stay positive and hit the gym so you are ready once cleared and rested. See you out there in a few weeks (probably once the season normally opens anyway). Let us know if you need anything.
11-03-2004, 05:04 PM
ouch Brad, that sucks to hear, but glad it's not more severe.
DEFINITELY take the healing time as recommended and PT it- and do your stretching!!!
give a shout if you need anything.
11-03-2004, 05:18 PM
sorry to hear it oh .com brother.
rest up & PT I did a 3rd degree on mine one fall & was back strong enough to wrestle at an all-state level with an aggressive PT.
11-03-2004, 05:59 PM
Sorry to hear that skimonkey. Rest up and heal up. It's still a long season.
11-03-2004, 06:10 PM
That sucks B-
Was thinking of calling and seeing how Mon went. Glad I didn't.
Time to heal before the really good stuff hits!!!!
Also, time to get that real estate test outa the way!
:frown: Hey B, sorry to hear about the mcl.
Now when I saw you first thing Monday morning, you were skiing with lots of pretty girls. Way did you ditch them to ski with Midget??? :wink:
11-03-2004, 07:05 PM
Damn! Too many people on the bench already!!!
I'm so sorry to hear that. But at least it's not that bad of a knee injury - and hey - there isn't any snow in the current forecast, so don't let it get you down! You'll be back for plenty of skiing this season - just pay attention to doctors orders and work hard on the rehab. 4 weeks isn't that long. Personally, I'm also a big believer in eating right, taking vitamins, getting sleep, and all that in addition to PT. I know I'm healing way faster this time and I think that's the big difference.
I know what it feels like to not even want to talk about it for a while. I've gone through that too. I think it's just one of those phases you go through in accepting things and then you move on and focus on getting better.
Take care of yourself and give me a call if you need anything!
11-04-2004, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the words of encouragement and advice everyone. This is likely the most serious ski injury I've had and it's been a bit of a surprise how much it bummed me out at first. I can't believe how many times I've replayed it in my head. It's made me wonder just how healthy my ski addiction is with withdrawl like this. ;) Anyhow, I'm feeling better and am ready to just get on with the healing.
GT, those pretty girls were also skiing with midget and I. We waited for you two at the top, but then you disappeared off the lift. You could have had some too.
11-04-2004, 12:37 PM
Shit, figgered it was the MCL. Get into PT next week. At least you aren't missing out on anything right now with the inversion about to set in.
11-04-2004, 01:13 PM
Heh, there will be photos of that Buzz
11-04-2004, 02:30 PM
At least it was only the MCL, still sucks though. Dr. West did both of my knee surgeries and has looked at other knee problems in the past, the best around me thinks.
11-04-2004, 04:32 PM
Good luck, and heal up. We will make room for you for a short while, but there are too many people on the bench already. Everybody else take note - The bench is full, there is no more room, nor do we want to see anybody else sitting!
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