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Other than my attempt at bowling with my boys two weeks ago, I am currently experiencing my longest pain free period.  I feel so good that I keep getting tempted to hop on my bike and ride with my boys.  And now my neighbor approached me to tell me that his company is handling the storage and e-commerce for Canyon bikes as they get ready to launch in the US, and that he can get a friends and family discount.  Ugh!  It's so hard to behave.
I'm just about on the verge of 6 months right now and i have started to feel bursts of recovery and strength villain stated I can definitely start to feel more around my knee in general but i am also feeling discomfort on my other knee(no injury/surgery). It might be in my head but it scares me lol. Besides that my PT has been completely stopped now because insurance will not cover anymore so from this point on I am on my own. I feel comfortable with it and I'm pretty much at full range of motion when i kneel on it and slide back to a yoga pose. I have started squats with very light weights at this point just the 45LB bar with 10LB plates. I have not done a body weight lunge yet and was wondering if anyone around this point in recovery started to do that. My leg strength is coming bit by bit and my walk is becoming more natural but still a little stiff legged (as in it lacks the natural bend in the knee when I land on that side in stride).

Hope all is well with everyone and any replies is appreciated. As far as the injury in tennis, i saw the replay and it did take me back because my leg folded just like that and her reaction was the same as mine (try to just bring it back to position with no avail.) Hope she makes it back to competitive level with no loss.
Cruciate ligaments / Sleeping With Brace Question... Also, Bridge repair
« Last post by trunner on July 27, 2017, 05:57:51 PM »
I am 5-weeks out from a Bridge Enhanced ACL Repair. I got the surgery out of state. Then at 3-weeks, like I was supposed to, I was checked by a local orthopedist. With an arthometer, they measured some laxity on operative side. When I checked in with my surgeon he was initially concerned that I was doing something to cause stretching but then talked with my local PT. We reviewed everything and he said my exercises were fine but to take it easy. PT tested and got a hard endpoint. One odd thing, I have had full extension on the operative side since the get go. Which I'm not sure is normal.

Both surgeon and physical therapist said I definitely still don't need to sleep with the brace (the physical therapist said I should lose the brace in a few weeks).

But I realized I was stretching a-lot while I was sleeping, like spasms and I've been doing this weird move consistently. It's while I'm sleeping and all involuntary. The back of my heel plants into the bed. My knee is typically flexed at 20 - 30 degrees. And I start to lift my butt. Then my hamstrings and kneecap flex. I only do it on the surgery leg. It's like a very minor, small partial bridge but on the back of my heel. Plus, with really intense muscle contractions and stretching. I did not worry about it too much until last night I felt a big stretch just below my knee cap.

I have been paranoid with every little movement and strange feeling. I kind of guess my physical therapist and surgeon are tired of hearing about every little movement that gets me nervous. But I still have the nagging question, could this kind of movement while sleeping be stretching it and leading to laxity?

Functionally, I wonder if I should start sleeping consistently with the brace again. I do find that when I do, I'm less stronger the next day and PT is harder. I'm at this point where I feel like the brace is getting in my way but I am also concerned about not wearing it.

I know I obsess about every little thing, but I've also read how patient people are in this forum. So any advice is helpful.
Went to my appointment earlier this week and was told that I "must have sprained my MCL somehow" and to wear a brace when I work out.  Um....that doesn't even make sense.   I've been taking it easy for a couple weeks and trying to rest it a bit, which seems to be helping.  I'm going to test it tonight with a relatively "knee friendly" workout and see how it feels after, then hopefully set up an appointment with a new OS soon.
Quizzes, games & fun contests / Re: Word game
« Last post by 60schld on July 27, 2017, 04:25:12 PM »

When I was a child I played sports fairly regularly. One time around the age of 14 while playing I noticed a pain on the right (outer) side above my right knee. The pain was accompanied by a small lump. I got an X-Ray which apparently showed that I had a bony growth, which I assume means osteochondroma. I don't remember being told this but my mother does, so this is just hearsay. She isn't 100% sure, however. I stopped playing sports and became much less physically active for the next ~10 years and the pain went away but the lump remained.

I'm now in my mid-twenties and earlier this year I started going to the gym, mainly doing weightlifting. A day after one of my workouts (about two weeks of going to the gym) my right knee started hurting again. This time it was extremely painful and it prevented me from being able bend my knee unless I fully straightened my leg first. Going up stairs was very difficult and doing leg exercises at the gym was impossible. I got an X-Ray and my doctor (a different doctor) told me that he didn't see anything too unusual. There was no sign of osteochondroma but he did say I have mild arthritis. He organised for me to have an MRI at a public hospital so I don't have to pay anything at the expense of having to wait in a fairly lengthy queue. This all happened about three months ago and I am getting the MRI next week. I'm not sure how the X-Ray didn't detect anything the second time but the first time it did. Either my mother doesn't remember correctly or the second X-Ray wasn't accurate.

Around one week after getting the X-Ray the pain went away almost completely but it was still slightly noticeable. I started going to the gym again. Then, all of a sudden about two weeks ago the pain came back. At this point it had been around one week since I went to the gym. The pain was different this time. It still only hurt when I bent my knee but the pain radiated down towards my shin, and occasionally there was an extremely sudden sharp pain that made it impossible to bend my knee at all. I rested my knee for a couple of days and the pain went away again and currently there is no pain at all. However, the one thing that concerns me and the reason I decided to post here is because the lump has gotten significantly larger since I first noticed the pain earlier this year. The lump is fairly wide (around 4cm) but not very thick. It's very noticeable when you touch it, but you wouldn't be able to see it unless someone pointed it out, and it's only noticeable when my knee is bent. When my leg is straight you can't see it at all and you have to press pretty hard to feel it. If I press my fingers on to the lump and bend/straighten my knee there is a slight pain and I can feel a cracking sensation.

Like I said, I'm getting an MRI next week and will find out the results shortly after that but I wanted to post here to see if anybody has any idea what might be wrong. Sorry about the wall of text  :P

Thanks in advance.
Dear Brandon,

Thank you for the suggestion. I surely go for others opinion. Hope I will get any positive information.

Dear Shiva,

Sorry to hear about all the struggle you are going through, it must be a tough time for you. I cannot give you any specific advice, but if possible, I think it would be important for you to get a second (or even third) opinion as to what to do next. Additional/new surgeries should always be carefully considered. 
Quizzes, games & fun contests / Re: Word game
« Last post by John42 on July 27, 2017, 07:20:03 AM »
Thanks Razuzin for your PM. I got the quote from the same place as yours. I have decided to go with BMC though. I have read more stuff about BMC used for the knee than Lipogems. We will see how it goes.

As regards the locked knee, it has gotten locked twice in the last 4 months whenever i bent it between 0 - 15 degrees. It unlocks if i try couple of times. I can walk around and do my day to day activities without any problems but i don't squat or bent the knee completely for the fear of locking. For now, i have been able to unlock it but you never know. That is the main reason, i want to try BMC to see if the stem cells can act as a glue and set the meniscus right.
makes sense., I also thought BMC is more beneficial for a knee.
I don't think stem cells act in any way as a glue, their benefit is more on a molecular level.
I found that the main benefit of BMC is slowdown or even a reversal of chemical processes which cause inflammation and further cartilage deterioration. I don't think there is a major cartilage regrowh as a result of BMC.
Having said that, your condition may improve drastically even with no regrowth, perhaps excess inflammation is causing your locking up.

Keep us posted of your results.
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