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    Thumbs down total PCL tear

    about a month ago, wrecked hard on the MTB at the bike park and tore my PCL in the process. 100% total tear. in half. yay. they initially said no surgery, 2 months on crutches, 3 months off the bike/skis. Now they say 5 months off the bike/skis.

    Gonna lose my shit. I bike or ski 3-5 days a week. time for some other hobbies for the next 5 months I guess. maybe I'll buy a camera.

    anyone got tips? been through PCL tear? suggestions for what to do or not do to get back on the mountain sooner?

    thanks

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    I was the same way (meniscus) and fucked up my shit way worse by overdoing a bike ride.

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    Ouch, heal it up as best you can. Last year I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder(7 months), this year fell off a ladder and bruised the heck out of my left rib cage.

    Have not been back in any of my kayaks for over a year now. Give it time. Camera sounds like a good way to take up time.
    watch out for snakes

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    fuck, that sucks.
    I had a partial LCL and MCL tear about 40 years ago from skiing. I remember taking the rest of the year off of almost anything fun but recovered.

    I'm confused though; if it's a 100% tear wouldn't surgery be the only option? I mean, these don't regenerate, and a full tear would imply it can't 'heal'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N1CK. View Post
    fuck, that sucks.
    I had a partial LCL and MCL tear about 40 years ago from skiing. I remember taking the rest of the year off of almost anything fun but recovered.

    I'm confused though; if it's a 100% tear wouldn't surgery be the only option? I mean, these don't regenerate, and a full tear would imply it can't 'heal'.

    their strategy is to just let it be torn in two. I guess the thinking is that it's secondary and not necessary, and the surgery is invasive and leads to a much longer healing time. The ortho rattled off a list of pro sports players that have torn PCL's and never got them fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackalps View Post
    their strategy is to just let it be torn in two. I guess the thinking is that it's secondary and not necessary, and the surgery is invasive and leads to a much longer healing time. The ortho rattled off a list of pro sports players that have torn PCL's and never got them fixed.
    perhaps some PT to strengthen the rest of the knee. good luck man.

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    Great a second opinion at Steadman in Vail. They say more/different PT, no crutches, no surgery, just a brace, skiing by January. Much better.

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