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Discussion in 'Trials' started by Norman Foley, Feb 5, 2018.
Tell us about your joint replacements and other repairs to keep you riding....
Extreme, perhaps, but there is ready access for maintenance and replacement!
But by the grace of God that could be me.
My hat's off to you bene.
Seriously though, my mountain goat Swiss wife wore her hips out bring athletic, and both were totally replaced five years apart. McBride clinic in OKC.
Her recovery time to full activity each time was remarkable! No limping, no pain, and back to youthful activity levels inside of 6 weeks.
Hiking last weekend on a neighbor's parcel.
First time there were all the usual worries. Infection risks? Competent surgeons? Best hardware? And especially, should we delay further? Will the joint wear out? Etc.
We ended up applying a simple rule: It is unacceptable to live with chronic, life-limiting pain! If you can do something about it, just do it, after careful consideration. Don't wait too long or problems tend to compound.
The thought of it is worse than the reality of it. Not that it didn't take a lot if work to come back. It did. But my limitations are very few, and I got a very satisfying phase of my design and manufacturing career out of the mess.
These days any limping comes from the worn out human parts!
So, I guess i'm at the lower end of the spectrum here, full replacement of my right knee with stability inserts cause there are no ligaments left in it. on Valentines day I start the journey on the left knee (first visit to the ortho I think it will also be replaced) but there are still ligements left in that one. BTW none of the injuries to my knees were from trials (MX, skiing and hockey)
Torn ACL, which seems minor in comparison to everything else in this thread.
Did you get it repaired and what method?
Mine is just an ACL as well. I think it was the pletela tendon as the donor. Took me out of the office for a month. 2 more screws in the body, up to 12 now. The other 10 hold the plates in place in my head.
Yes, I got it repaired. They reconstructed my ACL using my patella tendon. Recovery time was about a year before I felt confident in my knee again. The doctor warned me not to push to come back too soon. He cited Jerry Rice as an example of someone that had my same procedure and came back too quickly. Rice tore his ACL and came back too soon and cracked his knee cap.
I forgot to mention I was out of school 5 weeks, PT every day for the first 3 weeks the first week hurt as much as anything I have ever done (except maybe shingles) but since then my knee is pain free. I never realized how much it hurt all of the time until it didn't any more . In fact it makes my biological knee feel like caca in comparison.
I crushed my T8 vertebrae riding a trials comp. Plates, pins, grafts, 8 hr surgery, 3 days ICU, 5 weeks hospital, 8 weeks body cast, 25 years later and minor paralysis, I'm still competing...guess they forgot to fix my brain.
How did you do that?
I shudder at some of your injuries!
That's the way it is. We get used to our own quirks and have a hard time relating to other's.
I am so thankful my knees are still pretty good. Trials is so knee-bend and leg impulse intensive.
I think the hip pain I'm having is labrum related and not cartilage going to zero. At least I hope so. This last bit started up when I was showing a teenager how to get up in a large elm tree. Sad that so many youth today have never acquired such basics. Anyway, I swung down out of the tree from a branch eight feet up. I landed well, knees taking up the hit. But when I walked away I thought, "Uh oh. That hurt! I'm not 55 any more!"
Hmmm.. blown ACL in left knee (MX) in 1980, no repair.
Compression fractures in 2 vertebrae in 1992 (trials) Thought it was a cracked rib, so I just rode home and tried to avoid sneezing for a while. Finally diagnosed 8 years ago during a complete physical with chest X-rays.
Right knee ACL blow out (trials again) with no repair.
Still riding, as well as rock/ice climb, 10 marathons, Ironman Triathlon, with no ill effects. I do wear a custom knee brace on my right knee while riding off-road now though.
1975 October 20th to be exact, my 16th birthday. Minor, torn cartilage left knee riding Expert in a trials. April 1976 just practicing tore my ACL bad enough my buddies heard it. ( Bill Hansen, Greg Kurtz). Had surgery in 1979. Quite a bit better medicine in three years time. February 1993 first time riding Champ, I was riding well, but we had two shoot out sections at the end of the day. Short story the bike rotated around and slammed my knee hard.(Nice crowd watching) That was my good right knee. not!. I have a video somewhere. Passed on surgery. 1995 bought two CTI2 braces instead of a new bike. (still wear them) 2002 on my 42nd birthday practicing at San Ysidro I tore my right knee again. ACL surgery, no riding for 18 months. Oh I missed my fun one. Labor day weekend of 1995. After two days of riding I put a kick starter through my calf as I went to go score without my boots on.. 3 layers of stitches, a drain and it bled for a month.
Luckily all my other crashes , including being run over by a truck on my street bike were minor! But it sure sucks getting old.
Had to have mine fixed. It was too floppy. When the leg went straight the knee was free to swing side to side. I ride with knee braces now.
I forgot there was all kinds of methods through the years. I was going to have my left one fixed for a second time until the surgeon had some `new` method which required two majors 90 days apart. No way Jose. My last one in 2002 was simple in and out and home. But the donor piece was from a cadaver.