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Offline tornpcl333

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18 year old isolated total PCL tear
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:11:08 AM »
Hello everyone, feeling pretty lost here. About 4 months ago I had a isolated total PCL tear that was diagnosed as only a grade 2 tear. My knee is stable and does well, but does feel different (not pain) if I push it hard. I went to a highly acclaimed knee specialist and he gave me the following advice: to not get surgery yet, to not run long distances, to not play competitive sports and to not use a brace. I am a guy who loves to be active and have been in top shape my whole life, so I was pretty devastated by this news, as it is permanent. I was excited to start triathlon in college, but that dream seems to be no more. Here are my questions, if you are able to answer it would mean so much to me if you could help out. Is it probable that I will get arthritis at a young age, even if I follow my doctors suggestion? Would you recommend some type of stabilizing brace? Are there any other activities that you would recommend against? I see myself skiing, swimming, kiteboarding, weightlifting, swimming, and hiking. Any other fun activity suggestions?
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Re: 18 year old isolated total PCL tear
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 04:06:07 PM »
It may happen or it may not.

If the knee was very unstable it would be more likely to develop it. If you push it hard with crazy activities now, it is more likely to screw up cartilage.

You could look into treatments such as PRP. At your age, your hormonal levels should be higher and that will help some healing process. However I am not totally understanding the situation, as it seems that you have a totally broken PCL that was initially wrongly diagnosed as just a grade 2 tear? Is that it?

I would recommend skiing if you want to destroy the rest of the knee... a fall with your feet trapped with the necessary gear for such activity would do wonderful things for you and your knee tendons. (sorry about the sarcasm but I am really trying to pass a message here)

I would suggest swimming and moderate (wisely done) exercise to get your knee back on track. Stationary bicycle could be good, slow and moderate. For the moment, I would actually recommend exercising under the guidance of a physiotherapist. I would certainly not go for crazy activities.

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Re: 18 year old isolated total PCL tear
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 04:24:57 AM »
I have no noticeable knee instability, so hopefully that is a good indicator against arthritis. The doctor told me it is indeed a full tear, but is only grade one. The other doctor said it was a grade one. This is all very hard for me because I am a person who loves to be active and don't feel physically held back by my injury, but know there are risks I now face. 















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