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Offline trimike42

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Back Running !!!
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:05:41 AM »
Hi

I smashed my kneecap into about 8 pieces on November 1st 2011. Like all you guys i had to endure the painfull recovery process that came after the accident (bike accident) I had my hardware removed nearly a year to the date of the accident. Anyway, to cut a long story short i persevered with my training (running, cycling, weights) and in April this year i ran a marathon(slowly) and on the 2 June i ran the Kep ultra 100km, took me 14 hours but i finished within the cut off time. The knee held up well, no swelling or pain.  This was 18 months after my accident. I'm no spring chicken either, i'm 57 today. If i can do it anyone can.

The knee is not and never will be the same as my old knee but there is light at the end of the tunnel for us all if you persevere with your recovery process.

Mike



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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013, 08:08:45 AM »
Excellent news, Mike! Glad to hear that you made it back onto the trails.
My fracture was in October 2010 and I feel that I  am also not held back by my knee anymore. I have not gone back to marathon training but that was more due to the fact that we were riding the "infertility rollercoaster"for the last couple of years. I am keen to try and see if I can go back to some more serious running next year or so. Right now I am just plodding along on 5 to 15 km runs.

Keep up the good work!
Oct. 7, 2010: comminuted patella fx.
Oct. 11, 2010: ORIF w/ 3 pins and wire; FWB
Oct. 21, 2010: 1st check-up: walk w/o crutches @ home
Oct. 31, 2010: walk w/o leg brace
Nov. 11, 2010: walk pain-free, no limp
Nov. 18, 2010: 2nd check: 105 ROM; start cycling
June 20, 2011: HW removed

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 01:18:00 PM »
Thanks Hobbs, not seen any recent posts from you for a while i guessed you were recovering well after your accident. It was your posts that inspired me to push myself. I remember you saying how aggresive your doctor was with your recovery treatment in the early stages of your patella fracture. Your posts gave my hope when i was at an all time low, thank you.

Hopefully you will get back into some serious stuff in the near future, i know you are a triathlete and like me have done a ironman. I've no doubt you will do another one. Good luck with your fertility treatment.

 Mike

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2013, 09:08:44 PM »
Wow, I can imagine running again.  My TPF was January 25, 2012 from a motorcycle accident at about 25 mph in the city when a car turned in front of me.  I had the ex fix put on the next day, and they sent me home  about 8-10 days later.  I was back about 2 1/2 weeks later to remove the ex fix and install hardware, that took two more surgeries a few days apart (70 stitches later).  I also hard horrifying fracture blisters (both types).  I was started PT March 12, 2012, then finally FWB on May 16, 2012 with the PT ending August 1, 2012.  A month or so after the PT ended I got really red and had some problems with knee pain.  Had surgery on December 18, 2012 to remove my hardware (55 staples)  I hate staples now.  I have a bag of 3 plates and 16 screws they took out.  I also had a shaft fracture of the tibia, 1 plate and 3 screws are permanent as they are in the middle of the tibia.  Well after they removed this hardware, this yellow stuff didn't stop, so surgery again on January 25, 2013 to take care of infection (stitches this time, 20 something).  Luckily no bone infection, just skin.  Doing much better now, but Friday after dinner I had a rough time walking 2 blocks to the car.  When arriving home, no problem walking to the house and up the stairs.  Go figure.  This injury has not been easy.  I too am told a TKR is down the road too, but being only 47 they want me to wait as well.

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 11:13:28 PM »
Excellent news, Mike! Glad to hear that you made it back onto the trails.
My fracture was in October 2010 and I feel that I  am also not held back by my knee anymore. I have not gone back to marathon training but that was more due to the fact that we were riding the "infertility rollercoaster"for the last couple of years. I am keen to try and see if I can go back to some more serious running next year or so. Right now I am just plodding along on 5 to 15 km runs.

Keep up the good work!

Hi Hobbs and Mike, I know it's been a long time since your injuries - I'd love to hear from you if you're still on this forum, I've read through all your posts and they have been immensely helpful and inspiring. I shattered my patella skiing 11 months ago (it was in about 10 pieces - doc said I "annihilated it"), I got the hardware removed about 3 months ago and have been progressing well, but I'm still not where I'd like to be. I was a serious skier, runner, cyclist, triathlete (Hobbs I even saw your old posts on slowtwitch), etc before, and I really want to get back to where I was - I'm only 28! This injury came right after a great season with a half ironman PR, crazy how things can change in an instant, what a year it's been. I'm close to where I was cycling wise, thanks to tons of time spent on my bike trainer and lots of hard work, but no where near where I'd like to be running (running is not pain free). Hearing your stories gives me the hope that I can get back.
How are you doing now that it's been many years since the injury?
I hope you are both doing well and kicking butt, and thanks for your contributions to the forum!
Any others out there feel free to share any success stories about returning to running/triathlon/skiing etc
Many thanks

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2018, 11:22:10 PM »
I am new to this group. I shattered my knee cap July 11 2017 and had surgery to repair it July 13 2017. I am 40 years old and a personal trainer and fitness and yoga instructor.  I am a avid runner and had just started training for my 2nd marathon when I shattered my kneecap. I was just out for a slow 1 mile run after a come back from a ankle injury when my dog tripped me  and changed my life forever.
So...I am slowly getting flexion back. I have over 120.  I still have random limps and my leg will occasionally give out as well probably due to atrophy.  I am dying to get back at it and be active but it is such a long recovery. I don't have a ton of help as I live in a small town and physio that I see seems a little negative about my injury. I am wanting to build more strength and yoga has helped with that even with partial flexion. I am wanting to start strengthening my leg but am struggling to find help in how to do that safely. Any help would be loved!  Tough being on your own with a injury that most people don't know how to help with here or even have an idea with how to start. I wish I lived in a bigger center or was a professional athlete as I feel like I am pushed off asked told I will slowly get back but might never be 100% advice needed to become the athlete I used to be please.

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 11:26:45 PM »
I am new to this group. I shattered my knee cap July 11 2017 and had surgery to repair it July 13 2017. I am 40 years old and a personal trainer and fitness and yoga instructor.  I am a avid runner and had just started training for my 2nd marathon when I shattered my kneecap. I was just out for a slow 1 mile run after a come back from a ankle injury when my dog tripped me  and changed my life forever.
So...I am slowly getting flexion back. I have over 120.  I still have random limps and my leg will occasionally give out as well probably due to atrophy.  I am dying to get back at it and be active but it is such a long recovery. I don't have a ton of help as I live in a small town and physio that I see seems a little negative about my injury. I am wanting to build more strength and yoga has helped with that even with partial flexion. I am wanting to start strengthening my leg but am struggling to find help in how to do that safely. Any help would be loved!  Tough being on your own with a injury that most people don't know how to help with here or even have an idea with how to start. I wish I lived in a bigger center or was a professional athlete as I feel like I am pushed off asked told I will slowly get back but might never be 100% advice needed to become the athlete I used to be please.

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 09:29:31 PM »
Hi Charlotte, I feel your pain having been through all this 7 months before you. I am still healing as you can see in my previous post and I am now 12 months out. All I can say is be patient and be incredibly diligent in your physical therapy. I plateaued for a while until I was able to get my hardware removed, and then I gained more muscle back in the 6 weeks following the removal than I did in the 8 months that the hardware was in there (plus full range of motion which was not possible with the hardware). So I would discuss the hardware removal process with your doc - I wish I had done mine earlier if it was possible.  It is long, slow, and dreadful and there are good days and bad days. You are lucky that you have a strong background in fitness -- use that to your advantage!! My knee still consumes my every thought, and I am always thinking about how to improve - while at work I take mini squat and stretch breaks, I started cycling to work instead of taking the bus, I now wake up earlier to do some exercises, etc. It is a 24/7 rehab for me. 
Any other athletes please join this thread it'd be great to all share advice!

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Re: Back Running !!!
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2018, 09:36:17 PM »
Hi Charlotte,

To get my strength back, I rode stationary/road/mountain bikes (helped with flexion and strength), walked a lot, tried to go up and down stairs as often as I could (pain permitting), swam, did body weight squats (only as far as pain would permit) and went snowboarding when my doc told me it was ok.  It took a few months before I was able to build enough strength to start running again, and even then it took a lot of concentration to make sure I wasn't favoring my good leg. 

It's been just over 13 months since I was released from the immobilizer, and I haven't quite gotten all of my strength back, but it's getting close.  I haven't been pushing too hard though.  I don't like lifting weights, so I've been trying to get strength back doing my normal activities - running, biking, swimming and snowboarding. 

It's crazy that you can lose the muscle mass so quickly by not using your leg, but it takes so much time and effort to get it back.