MTB giveth, and MTB taketh away.

Discussion in 'Health' started by buggravy, Nov 15, 2019.



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  1. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Neglected to mention... A brace acts as a reminder to favor the healing limb. An ortho told me that, and with my own experience with various braces, I believe it to be true.
     
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  2. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    The cost charged and copay vs retail is definitely worth pointing out to them as part of that discussion.

    My worst close call was at costco when I slipped on some unseen water on the food court floor. Not a place I'd ever expect to have a problem. Had more close calls around the house tripping over stuff.


    Re fishing I have an ultralight spinning rod that is tons of fun and perfect for small streams. Never tried one but have heard good things about tenkara rods too.
     
  3. Walleye

    Walleye Member

    Location:
    Vista
    Name:
    Bill P.
    Current Bike:
    Trek Fuel EX7
    Matt, after my ACL surgery, no concrete direction was given about bracing, so I bought a couple of McDavids online, with & without the metal side stays. For the first few months, the 'hard' brace (w. stays) was great, as it prevented any significant lateral knee movement. Biking was critical for strengthening quads & hammies, in purely linear motion. 3-4 months in, I switched to the soft brace, for comfort mostly. I still use it every time I play tennis, as much for peace of mind as actual support (had to give up basketball, though -waaay too much lateral movement, plus unplanned collisions!). You're on your way to a full heal, bro, now get out there and PEDAL!
     
  4. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG The Smash, Ibis DV9
    Thanks for the encouragement! I had a somewhat maddening appointment with the doc yesterday. He again said that I'm progressing very quickly, but then almost scoffed at the idea of me doing anything that would require a brace at this point, saying I shouldn't even think of pedaling an actual bike until I'm 4 months post up (currently 10 weeks). Stationary bike was highly encouraged. I guess I just have to realize that I am not his patient - my knee is, and we're just not going to be on the same page about how to move forward from here. He begrudgingly agreed to submit to insurance for approval for the brace, but said it can take up to a month for them to approve, and then there's the process of getting fitted, ordering, etc. His PA did at least give me the number for the rep from the brace supplier, so I've reached out in order to hopefully just procure it on my own.
     
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  5. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Different schools of thought I guess.
    I was told from the beginning of my knee recovery that the surgeon was just the surgeon and the PT was the one to get me through the rest...guess who told me that..... my surgeon! The good thing for me was they work together, so my surgeon trusts my PT.
    Are you pedaling much at all besides at PT?
     
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  6. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG The Smash, Ibis DV9
    Yeah, I guess he's just overly conservative, though I know he works with a lot of pro athletes that are under the gun to get back to their sport. He actually recommended my PT, who luckily seems to "get it" a bit more. I am pedaling a decent amount. At PT (twice a week) I'm really just doing 10 minutes of sprint drills on the fan bike, and then the rest is a solid hour and a half of strength training (goblet squats, one-legged squats and dead lifts, pushing the sled, lunges, etc.). Just started force absorption exercises, and will be starting lateral strengthening shortly. I'm doing at least two or three sessions a week on the stationary bike at the gym, but it's so mind numbing.
     
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  7. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Sounds like you’re doing a lot, awesome! Keep it up Matt and we’ll hit the trails soon:thumbsup:
     
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  8. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG The Smash, Ibis DV9
    Great PT visit today. I told my therapist about my bike activities yesterday, and she said I have her full blessing to continue riding that type of terrain, even without a brace. She even went so far as to say that, with all the force absorption exercises we've been doing (lunges, jumping off a box, etc.), even a pretty forceful plant should be a nonissue. The issue would come if the plant didn't arrest my forward movement and I continued to fall over the knee, and twisted while my foot was planted. That was reassuring that I'm not being unwise, and simultaneously reconfirming that I shouldn't do anything more aggressive than what I did yesterday. Finally some usable progress that really brought a smile to my face.
     
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  9. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Woo! Nice to have the PT’s blessing! ST shouldn’t be too far off!
     
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  10. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    2018 Trek FEX
    Most excellent! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  11. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Definitely good to read!
     
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  12. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower



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