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05-01-2008, 07:33 PM
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Rehabing Knee Injuries

About a month I injured my knee on a ski trip (patellar tendon). The X-Rays didn't indicate any kind of tearing but I've still been having a hard time recovering from the injury. Anyone around here run into a similar issue before? What kind of exercises would be the most beneficial while representing the least risk of further damaging my knee?

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Knee Injuries for me take the Longest to come back

im only 16 and my knee cap poped out twice this year and the first time i was out four week-no damage x-ray showed it was fine but their was the chance of it happening again

and about four month later,my knee cap poped out-and i was out 8-10 weeks with a factured knee cap-

and in the summer,im meeting with a specialst for my knee,which sucks because it could lead to Surgery

and my next hockey season could be done

i wear a brace where ever i go
and i try to play road hockey atleast 5-10 minutes-twice a day

But After the Injury-it took me another month to get back to regular activities,

so the best advice i can give you is try it out but ice and rub it down good


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I've got a text book at my place in waterloo that could probably give you a ton of exercises for that kind of injury, I'll be back there tomorrow so I'll look it up and give you a shout out when I know

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I would highly recommend getting an MD's advice here my friend. A book, while good, can tell you which exercises to do for which injury but if I am not mistaken you still don't know what specifically the injury is.

The Xrays are terrible for locating tears. Get an MRI or if all else fails and it never heals, exploratory surgery can find your issuse. A bone scan and and Iodine scan can locate any arthritis. I am just a paramedic now...so let me say...seek an MD. I only posted here because I have had dozens of joint injuries ranging from mild to full on open surgery.

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I tore My ACL and had surgery in September. Obviously, its a total different injury but during physical therapy a way to strengthen the knee was to get a towel, wrap it around your foot and pull each side with some resistance while straightening your leg.

X-rays dont show anything but bones, Get an MRI and see what that tells you. If the injury is really hampering you and you have good insurance, going to physical therapy once or twice a week couldnt hurt.

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My mistake, I assumed you had seen a medical professional already, if you haven't I would highly recommend doing that. It doesn't necessarily have to be a MD, if you know of a good physiotherapist they can probably help you out a lot, and they or their kinesiologists will be able to recommend some exercises to rehab the injury.

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Don't know much about patellar tendon injuries, but I do know that the patellar tendon is capable of healing itself (unlike many tendon/ligaments in the knee). They graft from the patellar tendon to replace ACLs in surgery and it (patellar) has shown to regrow itself. And I am pretty experienced at knee rehabbing (torn ACL, MCL, PCL, and both menisci over the past year in my left knee)...so without question the most effective, non-risk excercise for a bum knee is riding a stationary bike. Pretty much the only way you'd have a problem riding a bike with a knee injury is if torn cartilage was interfering with the mobility of the joint.

From there it's balance excercises to strengthen the stabilizing muscles. I personally use an Indo Board for that.

There's a good forum for knee injury questions here... www.kneeguru.co.uk

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Best advice is that given to you by your doctor. If that isn't cutting it, get a second opinion or see a specialist.

Knee recovery times can be lengthy due usage and continuous pressure.

Don't over work it. You could do more harm then good.

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My mistake, I assumed you had seen a medical professional already, if you haven't I would highly recommend doing that. It doesn't necessarily have to be a MD, if you know of a good physiotherapist they can probably help you out a lot, and they or their kinesiologists will be able to recommend some exercises to rehab the injury.
I have, went right to the hospital out in Vail as soon as I could after it happened.

Thanks for the help guys, you've confirming a lot of what the doctor out in Colorado told me. I'm just a bit concerned that this might be taking longer then it should be. I'll probably be going to go see a specialist here in a couple weeks if I'm still having problems.

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Dave, sent you a PM. Patellar tendon is tricky so I've learned.

my knee is all kinds of messed up (15+ disclocations/sublixations, 2 surgeries, torn cartilage, scar tissue...FUN)

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