Cartilage cap coming off the bone? (knee update)

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    09-30-2009, 05:32 PM
Cartilage cap coming off the bone? (knee update)

It's been about 5 months since Denny kicked my knee. I did physiotherapy shortly after getting kicked, and by late August, I was right on track, about 90% healed, it seemed. My chiropractor/active release specialist, Ryan, gave me the go-ahead to start riding again. I did, and rode 3 times. After the third ride, my knee was buggered again, it hurt from the moment I stepped off Denny onwards.
Since then it's been crunchy, stairs have been yucky, and altogether, just almost like I was back to square one.
I have seen Ryan every week since I first got kicked. I saw him yesterday and first thing I told him was that it still hurts, it's still crunchy, and basically no improvements have been made.
He phoned the head physiotherapist at the University, and had a good long chat with him. The new theory on my knee is that the cartilage cap covering my tibia is starting to peel off. That would explain why I'm still having symptoms, and am not recovering, and why nothing significant (other than a great contusion) showed on my meniscus on the MRI. That last ride was the straw that broke the camel's back, basically.
I'm back to square one. No riding for an indefinite period of time. No squatting, no kneeling, no long walks even, so definitely no running, all in case that peels it off more.
It's a waiting game now, for a physio referral to the top clinic in the city, then from what I hear, surgery.
Has anyone else dealt with this? What was your experience? Any advice?


Basically, from what I understand, the articular cartilage is coming off...
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    09-30-2009, 05:44 PM
Did they suggest joint supplements to help minimize the damage until they repair it?

I would have started "Elations" twice daily and upped my Omega 3 intake at the onset. May not have prevented the issue you are having now, but it can help keep everything slickey so arthritic changes are minimized.

Good luck and keep us posted.
    09-30-2009, 05:46 PM
I am taking Glucosamine, though I don't think any supplements will completely prevent any further damage.
Thank you for the suggestion though!
    09-30-2009, 06:17 PM
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Aww Allie...

Have to say I haven't any experienced words for an ailment like that but I popped up to wish good luck and speedy recovery to you. You have had to born so much .
    09-30-2009, 06:27 PM
You're a sweetheart Tamma. Oh, by the way those socks you sent me are still my favorites to wear ;)
    09-30-2009, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
You're a sweetheart Tamma. Oh, by the way those socks you sent me are still my favorites to wear ;)
Nice to hear .
    09-30-2009, 10:05 PM
That is really unfortunate that you are going thru this. My best suggestion for now, is to make sure you are very careful with your knee while you figure out what's going on with it. It's a really bad joint to injure because once you injure it, it can take months to feel back 100% again.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for yea.
    10-01-2009, 12:08 AM
Is there any kind of brace or immobilizer that you can wear til surgery?
    10-01-2009, 01:07 AM
Thank you Kelly, I will keep that in mind. I am not going to do anything stupid to it, that's for sure. It's going to kill me to not ride though!

RC, I do have a brace... guess I should start wearing it again :P
    10-01-2009, 01:51 AM
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Ouch! You'll be in my thoughts!

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