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Offline Giglan

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Ski advice needed! - what sort of brace should I get?!?
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:24:28 PM »
Hi!

I'm going skiing in about a month and am in need of some urgent advice!

I had a double anthroscopy last year, and although it was good for the first 9-10 months, I have been starting to get pain again in my right knee and hip. I have since had the confirmation of the diagnosis of developing Osteo arthritis, mainly affecting my right knee and beginning to spread to my right hip. I don't really have any difficulties with my left knee anymore, unless I do something to aggrivate it.

I'm wondering whether I should invest in a support to wear whilst skiing, but have no idea what I'm looking for really?!?! I welcome any advice anyone can suggest! I've already made a lot of changes to my lifestyle because of my knee problems, and I absolutley love skiing, so for one week of the year I'd be devastated if I'd have to give this up too!

Giglan
ps(I also have another post about some general advice regarding Osteoarthritis and managing this, so if you have more advice please feel free!)
« Last Edit: February 08, 2008, 11:23:09 PM by Giglan »
Bi-lateral anthroscopy on 09.03.07 - severe damage to both knees.
Diagnosed with Osteo-arthritis in January '08 - advanced in right knee and beginning to spread to hip.

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Re: Ski advice needed!
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2008, 10:37:23 AM »
I know what you mean about loving skiing! There are some good sites for advice about knee supports- if I were you I would take pain medication, put on a good brace and go for it ! Gently till you know it's ok. Lots of breaks in nice cafes and enjoy the experience.Often it's worth getting a lesson where you are skiing because the instructor can advise you on the best slopes for your condition- they tend to know which slopes are gentle and which ones turn into mogul motorways as the day wears on. If i were you i would avoid the moguls and go for nice cruising runs....
Hope you have a great time,Karen
Hit by snowboarder ar Sierra at Tahoe on 12th January, couldn't weight bear afterwards. Knee brace+crutches. Seen by OS when I got home, for MRI 8th Feb.
Walking ok, doing quads+++.Knee gets sorer as day wears on...

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Re: Ski advice needed!
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2008, 10:29:50 PM »
Just read your signiture - really hope I don't get hit by a snowboarder, they're always in the way!

I'm soooo glad you said go for it! - I was a little scared that someone would come on and leave a post saying that I'm a fool for going skiing with wrecked knees and that I should cancel! Phew!

I have looked at some sites about knee supports but don't know which ones would be best, it's a minefield! I don't want to get one that will restrict me, or one that won't be supportive enough - plus I don't want to pay a small fortune! What sort would you reccommend?

I've started taking a high strength chondriotin supplement, and plan on taking anti-imflammitory tablets starting a week before and throughout the holiday, on top of wearing a brace - does that sound ok?

I have lessons booked for every morning, but don't want to say too much about my knees to the instructor as I don't want him to limit what I do or restrict where he takes us! I love doing the mogouls! I may not be able to avoid then completly, but will definetly limit them to 1 or 2, and will mainly stick to the 'cruising' slopes!

I'm not insured, well my knees aren't anyway, so I'm terrified of something happening while we're away - I've even dreamt about different things happening!

Giglan (ps good luck with MRI scan!)
Bi-lateral anthroscopy on 09.03.07 - severe damage to both knees.
Diagnosed with Osteo-arthritis in January '08 - advanced in right knee and beginning to spread to hip.

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Re: Ski advice needed! - what sort of brace should I get?!?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2008, 11:31:47 PM »
I've contacted the site advertised on knee guru called 'backcarewarehouse' regarding trying to find out which sort of brace would be best for skiing in - taking comfort, restricting movement, and efficiency into account. However, they said that they couldn't give me any advice, and that I should ask my doctor or physio for advice - only problem is I don't have a physio and I'm not seeing a specialist doc at the mo either.

Now I don't know who to contact for advice or what to do about buying a brace. I don't want to wear one that'll make the condition worse, or one that won't be supportive enough!

Please can anyone advise further!
Giglan :)
Bi-lateral anthroscopy on 09.03.07 - severe damage to both knees.
Diagnosed with Osteo-arthritis in January '08 - advanced in right knee and beginning to spread to hip.