Any advice on post ACL surgery Riding?
Posted August 20, 2002 - 03:44 PM
Posted August 20, 2002 - 06:38 PM
I have never used a brace becuause in theory once it is healed after recon it should be like a bought one. Strength and condition will do better than the knee brace.
I tried on some knee braces once and felt like Robo-cop.
On the other hand I reckon that if there is something protective available buy it - as a layman I reckon the cheaper preventative brace should be fine for an uninjured knee.
Injury is character building! - apparently.
Posted August 21, 2002 - 01:45 AM
I wear knee braces, and wouldn't ride without them. I too have heard don't wear them if your knee is 100%. Does this mean you should not wear a helmet if your head is 100%...??? The knee brace will prevent hyperextension and those nasty movements that break ACL's.
The Pro's all wear them, should you...???
I had reconstructive surgery on both knees. My knees are so bad, artificial knee's are in my future, in < 10 years unless medical technology can replace ALL the cartilage and damaged bone surface.
I read in Germany 3 individuals had ENTIRE knee transplants from donars. One guy works for UPS, or Germany's equivelent and is working like he used to. The Doc told him take it easy and do not lift more than 40#...
Posted August 21, 2002 - 04:25 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 06:39 AM
Dont push it! I have had 1 acl, mcl, lateral miniscus repair and 5 scopes. The best thing you can do is get it strong before riding on it. When the leg is strong you will still have to deal with the mental aspect of the injury. If you know you leg is strong the mental game will be easier to deal with. Get the other brace. CTI makes a mid range brace that works well and doesn't hurt the wallet quite so much. Let your new bike rest until you are ready. Dont forget, ski season is right around the corner!!
Posted August 21, 2002 - 09:26 PM
Search using my user name, NVR FNSH, here & on www.dirtrider.net & www.ktmtalk.com and you'll find lots of ACL related threads.
Bottom line - do your PT and you'll be riding w/o any problems in the near future.
Posted August 21, 2002 - 03:07 PM
even the best ACL graft will only attain 80% of it original strength.
also dont rush it,
6 weeks post opp your knee is gonna feel very strong but your acl will be at its weakest.
your looking at around 10 to 12 months for your graft to get to maximum strength , regardless of the rehab you do
Posted August 21, 2002 - 03:43 PM
Posted August 22, 2002 - 05:54 PM
My son has a partial tear of his ACL. He cannot be operated on yet since he is only 17 and growth plates are still active. His orthopedist prescribed a brace, and strongly recommended he wear it for any activities. Since then, I bought him a pair of Asterisk braces, after discussing with the orthopedist, and he felt that method was even better (this ortho was a great guy, and not into lecturing on the dangers of moto). It will protect his other knee as well. I would consider going that route if your knee has been reconstructed. Talk to your doctor about it.
Posted August 22, 2002 - 07:16 PM
Posted August 22, 2002 - 10:34 PM
Hey, it ALMOST gets me through winter here in NH!
Posted August 24, 2002 - 02:03 PM
I agree with all the points, but there are some concerns - my vet raised some pretty good points - knees are designed to hyper extend- ie just before they break - a margin for error - if the knee brace stops hyper extension isn't it just gunna snap somewhere at either end of the knee brace? Maybe without the little bit of flex or margin for error allow by the hyperextension?
With this in mind, I reckon the no helmet if your head is 100% idea is streching it a bit besides if our heads were 100% would we be riding dirtbikes?
M comment sticks - if it makes you confident wear it - it just takes so long to get ready. Knee brace is about the only thing I don't wear at the moment but I wince when I see people riding in workboots and sunglasses!
[ August 25, 2002, 02:56 AM: Message edited by: Snapper ]
Posted August 25, 2002 - 09:58 PM