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Offline tilly4

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Bicycle riding
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:52:45 AM »
Had successful surgery for shattered patella over 9 years ago.  Iím afraid to ride a bicycle for fear of reshattering it. Asked the surgeon if it was adviseable and did not get a definitive answer. What advice have others received.  It may also help to know that I am 70 years old now.

Offline jackson7

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Re: Bicycle riding
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2018, 10:11:10 PM »
Pedaling is great for flexibility and activating synovial lubrication, but it can also irritate any arthritis and maybe even make it worse.  I'm guessing that's why the dr didn't encourage or discourage it. 

If you can ride a stationary bike without any pain (during or after), then buy a 3-wheeled bicycle so you don't have to worry about falling over.  The new 3-wheeled bicycles are called "trikes" and have a very modern look and performance.
http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/produkte/scorpion/index_e.html
http://www.icetrikes.co/products
« Last Edit: April 23, 2018, 07:59:03 PM by jackson7 »
12/2015: slow speed bicycle crash
1/16: many x-rays & 2 MRIs only show tendinosis
3/16: bone scan shows uptake in all compartments
8/16: cortisone jab (no effect)
3/17: diag scope (part med meniscectomy, med fem chondroplasty, full synovectomy)
4/18: Pain finally diminishing. 65% function.

Offline Geronimo

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Re: Bicycle riding
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 04:49:08 PM »
i bought exercise bike and it worked well for me with no resistance, however, as soon as I  added more resistance I got flared up so had to sell the bike. i know many people whose issues started with biking, mainly on hills so please be careful with that.