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Offline powderskier1

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22 Y/O with OA--Need advice
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:42:00 AM »
Hi, I am 22 years old and very into my activities.

I need some advice.  I have grade 4 chondromalacia on my lateral femoral condyle. 

I just had a trimming surgery about 6 weeks ago.  I am doing really well...I think.  I cycle a ton and hope to regain more strength.  I still cannot put a ton of pressure on the joint, but hope that will change.

During the winter I work on the side as a professional ski instructor- skiing is truly my passion. 

I am wondering if anyone has any procedural advice for me.  I want to get this problem fixed.  obviously I will never be able to do things in the capacity that I once did- i.e. no more mountain bike races/ high level free-skiing competitions or triathlons. But I would like to be able to do these activities in moderation.

Anyone have any advice?  I am wondering about the OATS procedure- the rest of my knee is in good shape- I figure it may be good to get it fixed before I wear out the other surfaces in there.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks,

EK


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Re: 22 Y/O with OA--Need advice
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 04:58:37 PM »
I take supplements- and do take some anti-inflammatory medications.  I ice every day.  The pain is not the issue for me, I am just wondering if it is best to get the OATS procedure done or an allograft before I wear out my patella etc. 

I have worn a brace for years.  I have an over the counter carbon-fiber motocross brace, and just got a custom CTI-2. 

Thanks for the advice

ek















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