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Offline Lottiefox

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An interesting article
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:28:44 PM »
I am posting this purely because I found it interesting to read. Personally, I am a BIG fan of the foam roller and the benefits it brings! Of course, not all knee issues can be fixed in the way the writer describes but it is an interesting bit of observation on things we can do that are sometimes neglected....

http://gizmodo.com/5898512/how-i-fixed-my-knees-and-learned-to-walk

Any thoughts very welcome!
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
Euflexxa working well x3 to current
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Refusing to let the ailing parts stop me....

Offline DennisKnee

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2012, 11:35:43 PM »
A great article Lottiefox! Thanks for sharing it. I went for a pre op consultation with a fantastic physiotherapist yesterday and one of his first questions was "Are you currently using a foam roller?" I have been but something tells me that post op, me and my foam roller are going to get a whole lot better acquainted  :-\
Sep 10 - confirmed ACL & medial meniscus tear
Dec 11 - chronic patellar dislocation - MPFL tear
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Offline joval

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012, 04:14:17 PM »
Would this be used after ACL replacement? 

Karen, I haven't met with a PT yet.  Just told I will need one after.  What questions do I ask when interviewing?  How soon after surgery were you told to start?
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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012, 04:34:14 PM »
Hi Lottie,

Thanks for sharing the link and been told a few times by Snowy to purchase a foam roller so I can keep my quad muscles less tight so donít have to have IMS session so often with Dr Brown. I was also told by Dr Brown to do some stretches before and after running and will buy one next week when I get my next pay on Thursday.

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Offline emergRN

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2012, 04:40:51 PM »
The foam rollers are quite useful after acl reconstruction.  It hurts, but you can get foam rollers of different foam densities.  The harder the foam, the more it hurts.  It works well for tight hamstrings, IT band, and even tight quads.  It would be great if your physio has them on the premises.  You could then try them out to see what you can tolerate.  I don't know if the colours are standard, but the black one is the hardest one.  I like the green one.  It is firm, but not too firm!  In Canada, they range anywhere from $50-80. 

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Rt. knee scope- partial lateral menisectomy and plica excision 2010
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Offline Snowy

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 07:52:07 PM »
I think the price depends where you shop - I paid $25 for mine!
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)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
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Offline emergRN

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 08:07:21 PM »
Snowy, I am talking about the large ones.  I do like yours though!  I haven't seen any like that around!
Rt.knee scope-1990-91Dx with Partial ACL tear
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Rt. knee scope- partial lateral menisectomy and plica excision 2010
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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2012, 08:14:58 PM »
I'm talking about my large one - it's one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Fit-36-Inch-High-Density-Foam-Roller/dp/B0028KDC82/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334430756&sr=8-1.

The little travel one that you're thinking of was $30.

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)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
Ongoing: bilateral PFS and OA

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012, 08:30:31 PM »
Thanks for the link.  Amazon seems to have everything!

How soon after surgery does PT "usually" start?
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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012, 08:41:58 PM »
It's very dependent on your surgeon's individual preference. I was given a few gentle exercises to do for the first week (heel slides, quad flexes etc) then had my first full PT session ten days after surgery, right after getting the staples out. Sometimes people start within a day or two; others are told to wait considerably longer. I'd give your surgeon's office a call and ask what the normal protocol is. It may also vary a bit if you're having anything additional (for example, meniscus repair) done along with the ACL reconstruction.

As for the foam roller itself, I'd be surprised if this was included in PT right after surgery - again, your surgeon or physiotherapist should be able to tell you when it will be introduced. Unfortunately, there are no standard answers for these things - each procedure and recovery is individual!
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)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
Ongoing: bilateral PFS and OA

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2012, 09:03:44 PM »
Thanks Snowy and Lottiefox for the great info. 

I'll be having my ACL replacement and medial meniscectomy this Wednesday.  I think I understood I use a CPM for about 3-4 weeks and then PT.

I'll be 60 in a couple of months and I want to make sure I get things moving as soon as possible.  What's the most important thing to do to or not to do to have a successful recovery?

Thanks again.
Jo
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Offline Snowy

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2012, 09:08:33 PM »
The absolute, most important thing is to pay really close attention to what your PT tells you, and follow their instructions to the letter. :) Your physiotherapist is the one who will assess the state of your knee as your recovery progresses, and make sure you're doing the right things at the right times to protect the graft, allow the knee to heal, and eventually regain strength and resume normal activities.

If you don't get a chance beforehand, on the day of the surgery make sure you ask your OS exactly when you should schedule your first PT appointment and what he would like you to be doing between now and then. I would strongly recommend having someone write down or record the instructions; between nerves and painkillers, it's often very hard to remember afterwards! It sounds like your PT may be a little delayed because of the meniscus trim, but it's still worth checking to find out if there's anything other than the CPM that you should be doing during that time.
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)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
Ongoing: bilateral PFS and OA

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2012, 09:13:57 PM »
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The absolute, most important thing is to pay really close attention to what your PT tells you, and follow their instructions to the letter.

...of course it probably goes without saying that it's also very important to have a good physiotherapist working with you; preferably one who's had a ton of experience with ACL reconstructions! 
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)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
Ongoing: bilateral PFS and OA

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2012, 10:08:07 PM »
Supply and demand!  The only place to get them here is from a physio clinic! 

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Rt.knee scope-1990-91Dx with Partial ACL tear
Rt. ACLr with hamstring graft-2010
Rt. knee scope- partial lateral menisectomy and plica excision 2010
ACL revision quad tendon graft- 2011 
Rt. Knee partial lateral menisectomy, debridement 2012
Rt. knee partial lateral menisectiomy, debridement 2014

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Re: An interesting article
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2012, 12:59:41 AM »
W,  Amazon must deliver to The Rock  ;)  How are all my cousins doing?
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