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Old 20th Mar 11, 03:50 PM
knight987 knight987 is offline
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off road running after knee arthroscopy

Hi

New to running. Used to ride a MTB a lot and now have taken to off road running as chronic injury has stopped the cycling. I have been told that I need knee arthroscopy and am concerned that I will end up not being able to run off road afterwards (I like the difficult terrain - woods, moors, ascents, descents etc). Has any one had this surgery done and been able to go back to off road as good as before ?

Thanks. Knight987
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Old 20th Mar 11, 05:03 PM
d87heaven d87heaven is offline
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Depends on what the athroscopy finds I would say, whats the procedure for? Your operating surgeon should be able to give you an idea of likely outcomes. Plenty of pro sportsmen have athroscopy and get back to running. Take it one step at a time and see how you go.
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Old 20th Mar 11, 06:42 PM
Roland Roland is offline
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Fingers crossed it all goes ok buddy... whens the opp...???
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Old 21st Mar 11, 03:31 PM
knight987 knight987 is offline
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The thing is...the consultant just wiggled my leg around about to see how loose the knee was. Stated I didn't have ligament problem and said I needed surgery to knee as it is common for the second knee to need cartilage cleaned up after the first has been done (about three year ago had same thing on left knee - not sure whether this was required either. He does seem to think arthroscopy is cure for all knee pain !!). I have cancelled once in the hope that it gets better with time but it is a little unstable and I can identify a band at the side of knee (inside) that is painful to press so am going ahead on April 16th.
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Old 21st Mar 11, 03:39 PM
d87heaven d87heaven is offline
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Probably a silly question but........Have you looked into getting a second opinion?
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Old 22nd Mar 11, 07:11 AM
knight987 knight987 is offline
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It's a sillier answer...No ! At the time I got the first opinion there was a lot of pain driving the car and just needed some one to say something +ve. I expected I had a ligament problem. If I could get a second opinion before the date of op I would but don't want to delay any longer if it does need surgery as I am continuing to walk/run and don't want to damage it further. Unfortunately, the NHS don't do quick consultancy or surgery bookings.
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Old 22nd Mar 11, 12:40 PM
jimmyb jimmyb is offline
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I did my knee playing football. Was told by the first doctor to rest for 6 weeks and it would be ok. It wasn't - it felt weak and everytime I tried to run the knee would collapse on me. Luckily I had private health insurance through work so saw another doctor who advised an arthroscopy. Went into hospital in the morning, arthroscopy found that my cartilage had torn so the surgeon removed it (a medial menisectomy if I remember rightly), and I was back home by the evening.

Within 4 weeks I was back training and played my first footie match after 6 weeks. This was 20 years ago and since then I've had no major problems with the knee - I can't even remember what knee it was.

It might be that I just got lucky but having the op is the best thing I did as the alternative was giving up a sport I loved.
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Old 22nd Mar 11, 04:59 PM
knight987 knight987 is offline
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that's reassuring and if nothing else at least I should be running again by summer (fingers crossed).
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Old 23rd Mar 11, 04:07 PM
simon_71 simon_71 is offline
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Hi there Knight,

I'm a physio and noticed your post. It's difficult to comment on the consultant's recommendation for surgery. All I can say is barring any serious problems with your knee, you should get back to running in time. What I would recommend is you get strength AND stability (balance work) back into your knee and you should be ok - one of the previous responses is quite correct in that professional soprts men and women have knee scopes and ligament reconstruction and regain full fitness. I often find that people who have had knee arthroscopies have a big difference in quad strength, so when they come to our gym class, I get them on the quads bench training their legs seperately.

best of luck!

Simon
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Old 24th Mar 11, 11:17 AM
knight987 knight987 is offline
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hey, thanks. I'll make sure the quads get a good workout.
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