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Offline buel

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Best support to continue to play sport?
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:59:19 AM »
Hi,
I have a thread running about my suspected ACL tear but this one is to ask for some advice about the best support to wear whilst playing sport.

I am going to play a little bit of 5 a side football so would like to know the best type of support to wear. I am aware of the risks but it's either this or go crazy.

Just to clarify, my knee doesn't ever 'go' on me when i run or turn, unlike the majority of people, or so it would seem.

Any advice on where to get a good support would be appreaciated.
Thank you.




 

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012, 11:33:15 AM »
Are you seeing a physio - they would be best placed to advise based on your history and symptoms :)
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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 12:17:05 PM »
no idea whats the best support
but i know how you feel,ive had a micro fracture and lateral release,todate ive not played for a yr now and still long long way away from doing anything
ive gained 2stone and so fedup and depressed not being able to do anything!

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 02:47:50 PM »
Vickster,
I am not in physio as i have seen a specialist and am waiting for the MRI scan you see.

Rob43, that is absolutely bloody horrible and i feel very sorry for you. Admittedly people are right when they say 'At least you haven't a got a REAL problem like Cancer', it is a very good point and something we should all take in.

However, that said, it is damn frustrating.

Have you had an op or are you waiting for one?


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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 04:24:44 PM »
But surely if you want to be playing impact sport, you should see a physio to have the state and strength of the knee assessed - given you have an as yet undiagnosed condition?  Is it wise to do that without professional advice?

What did the specialist say when you saw him about playing football?  Ok with a brace?
« Last Edit: January 16, 2012, 04:31:37 PM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012, 06:28:33 PM »
I'd second Vicks' advice here. Even if you're not sure what the injury is and you're not in a regular physio program, it would be worth seeing a physiotherapist who specializes in knee injuries to have the knee assessed and make a recommendation as to a) what sports are safe and b) what brace would be best to support your knee in its current condition.

The trouble is that without a diagnosis, it's really hard to pick an appropriate support. If there's still a questionmark around the integrity of the ACL, I would be looking for an ACL-specific brace. Is meniscus damage still suspected? If so, you might be looking at a different selection. Your knee sounds pretty stable, but the problem is that there isn't any way to tell how it will hold up to the demands of sport until you actually put it to the test. The last thing you want to do is increase any current damage by putting the knee under too much strain. A brace will provide some protection, but it needs to be the right kind of brace.

I'd personally recommend Ossur (they did a fantastic job selecting and fitting my ACL brace); you might want to take a look at their website to get an idea of the range of braces that are out there. Then I would either see a physiotherapist for an assessment and recommendation, or call your OS to ask what kind of brace s/he would recommend for playing football. I know it's a hassle, but you only get one set of knees - better safe than sorry.
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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2012, 08:21:15 PM »
 cancer i lost my wife 3yrs ago to breast cancer after a 4yr battle she was 39
so if been to hell and back more than once in my short life

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 07:17:52 AM »
Jesus Rob, that is really s**t to hear and i am genuinely sorry.
However, you take my point though? It could be worse, much worse.

So are you waiting for an op then?
And Snowy and Vicksterk sigh- you are quite right, of course you are. I shall get myself checked out first- thank you so much.

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 09:52:06 AM »
me? ive had my op 4months ago micro-fracture and lateral release
i,m still struggling a little started weights a week ago which is hard going as i cant lift much on my leg and its hurts a little doing it and sore after
i,m on the exercise bike 3to4times a day too but its a slow recovery

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 10:13:13 PM »
What sort of leg weights are you doing, Rob?  I have been told by both a physio and a trainer at gym that leg extensions aren't a good idea with knee issues, especially if kneecap involved.  I stick to leg press only myself
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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2012, 05:10:00 AM »
Gah...whoever would have thought that I would end up being the voice of caution? ??? Seriously, though, it's a smart decision - if the future of your knees is at stake (even potentially) the few extra days and dollars that go into getting an evaluation from a PT are well worth it. Of course we all hope that the outcome is that the PT says your knee feels great and a basic patella support brace is all you need, but only someone qualified can actually tell you that. :)
Mar 11: R Biceps femoris tear (skiing)
Jul 10: ACLr (hamstring autograft)
Mar 10: L ACL rupture (skiing)
Feb 06: L partial ACL tear (kickboxing)
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Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2012, 03:20:56 PM »
leg extension i was told to do this by surgeon and physio i,m trying to do 10kg but it hurts and my leg is so weak its an effort to lift it
17weeks post op would of thought id be much further dwn the line to returning to sport than i am

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2012, 06:56:29 PM »
Update for you all: 
I decided against being a fool and will not play until my surgeon sees me for my next appointment....i just have to now stay away from watching any local football or i'll get that temptation again.   :'( :'(

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Re: Best support to continue to play sport?
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2012, 06:51:21 PM »
not easy is it i gagging to play football again even though i am an old fart of 43 lol















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