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    12-05-2009, 01:26 AM
  #1
Weanling
Getting back into it after an injury???

Hi there!
Before I get started I'd better explain what happened...
It all started back in Feb when I was playing Netball...I was running along and then stopped dead, but being on bitumen, the foot stopped but the knee kept going, and then I heard a "pop"!
I crumpled in a heap and was curled up in a ball screaming and crying until the sports physio came out and got me into a wheelchair and off the court. He told me from what I'd told him that I'd snapped my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and said I'd need to go to a hospital.
But my Dad HATES hospitals and insisted that I wait until morning (it was 8:30pm) and go to the GP. I was then wrongly diagnosed with a "sprained knee" :roll: and sent on my merry way!

Anyway, 6 diagnoses and months later, I was walking down some stairs and my knee went "pop" and gave out on me AGAIN. This time I was taken to a hospital and was put through x-rays and MRI's and was told that...(wait for it!)...I'd SNAPPED my acl!!!
They told me to elevate it and keep it in a splint for six weeks. 3 months later, it happened AGAIN and I needed immediate surgery. *sigh*
It's now three weeks since I've had my knee reconstruction surgery, and I'm off the crutches, but still really stiff and sore and have just 85 degrees flexion in my left knee.
I'm having MAJOR riding withdrawals, and my instructor has been exercising my lease horse in the school for about 1 1/2 months now. Has anyone had a serious injury like mine, and if so, how long did it take for you to get back into the saddle again? Any tips for getting the bend/strength back in the knee and does anyone have tips for mounting, seeing has my injured knee is the one I need to actualy GET ON the horse??

Sorry for the novel!
Siobhan
     
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    12-05-2009, 01:30 AM
  #2
Weanling
Perhaps someone can lift you up onto your horse, or you can try stand on something very high?
I'd definitely ask the doctor first if it's alright to go ahead and do horse riding though :)

And a LOT of good luck to you!!
Having such a bad knee, gosh! Good luck girl, hope you'll do just fine!
     
    12-05-2009, 01:32 AM
  #3
Weanling
I'll have a go for you :)
I had a busted knee, but never actually have the surgery.
I have aweful arthritis in it now, but anywho..

I waited 2 months after it happened.
Can't stay off a horse very long or I go coocoo!!
I used a mounting block, and layed over his back while someone helped me swing my leg over.

I just rode very easy, and tried to keep enough pressure off of that knee.
I easy into riding a little at a time.
Like 10 minutes one day.
Then 15 the next, and so on..
     
    12-05-2009, 07:50 PM
  #4
Weanling
Kashmere: Yeah, my instructor has actually ordered me to give her a hand signed doctor's certificate before she lets me in the saddle again! Hahahah
She's very safety conscious. :)

Painted Hotrod: Awww that must be horrible! :( Glad you're still able to ride though. Gives me hope! :)
That's really helpful, thanks alot! I'm going nuts, twiddling my thumbs at home when I should be out there paddock bashing with Sterling!!
     
    12-05-2009, 08:27 PM
  #5
Trained
Ouch that's no good!! I work at a radiology clinic and so many people do ligmaments andleave it for years, then come to see us cos it's hurting a bit... and we can't do anyhing about it! So good for getting on top of it ligaments are nasty things!
     
    12-07-2009, 08:59 PM
  #6
Banned
I probably busted something in my knee--its my "bad" knee (I'm 19 years old, of decent weight and it creaks and cracks all of the time) and one day when I was mounting up, I was swinging my leg over and my horse just started walking off, which basically means I twisted it hard in a direction it was not supposed to go...that was maybe a month ago. There are some days when I can't even extend it all of the way and I have problems walking, so when I ride I wear a knee brace. I took a few days off and then was back to riding.

Do you ride English or Western? I happen to ride Western so my stirrups are a little longer, but if you ride English, maybe you can talk to your instructor about letting you let down your irons for a few weeks or months or whatever so you can ride at a more comfortable angle for your knee.

I would also suggest leg presses with some light weight and doing squats with a medicine ball, anything that will get you actively flexing your knee.
     
    12-07-2009, 09:15 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by justsambam08    
I probably busted something in my knee--its my "bad" knee (I'm 19 years old, of decent weight and it creaks and cracks all of the time) and one day when I was mounting up, I was swinging my leg over and my horse just started walking off, which basically means I twisted it hard in a direction it was not supposed to go...that was maybe a month ago. There are some days when I can't even extend it all of the way and I have problems walking, so when I ride I wear a knee brace. I took a few days off and then was back to riding.

Do you ride English or Western? I happen to ride Western so my stirrups are a little longer, but if you ride English, maybe you can talk to your instructor about letting you let down your irons for a few weeks or months or whatever so you can ride at a more comfortable angle for your knee.

I would also suggest leg presses with some light weight and doing squats with a medicine ball, anything that will get you actively flexing your knee.
I'd be VERY carefull actively moving the knee if it is ligament damage. If the ligament has a small tear in it, you can easily tear it all the way through and then there is very little they can do for it. If there is only a partial tear they can repair it quite easily.
     
    12-07-2009, 10:36 PM
  #8
Foal
Oh wow, that sounds NASTY!! I haven't damaged my knees but had a pretty horrific riding accident a number of years ago. Definitely get drs permission before riding. Waiting another few weeks and being able to live your life relatively normally sure beats getting on 2 weeks early only to find in a few years you can't ride any more - full stop.
Are you able to see a physio? They will help you strengthen the muscles required to ride, and get your knee to a point where you can ride safely with relative comfort.
If you don't have a super quiet horse, I would suggest riding a school horse for a month or so to ensure you are physically able to handle riding.
It took me nearly 5 years to fully recover from my injury and even then its dented my confidence badly for jumping large fences (1.50m+)
In the meantime, play groom if you can! Learn, watch and pick apart other peoples riding to better your own. Read books that you can learn from - start riding with a new 'philosophy' when you get back to it.
     
    12-07-2009, 11:47 PM
  #9
Weanling
Kayty: Thanks, it was time to get it fixed. Even 9 months is too long a time! I just want to be NORMAL again. Ugh. I miss being able to dance without being scared of it giving out on me and I'll be glad when I don't have to strap it before I ride so tight that I get a rash from it!

Justsambam08: Wow, that sounds bad. You should get it checked out, because even partial tears can be serious.
Mine started out as a partial tearing, but then all those relapses (e.g. Going back to dance classes too soon etc.) resulted in a full rupture to the ACL. Therefore, I had no choice but to get the knee reconstruction.

I ride English, so I suppose once I get the strength back into it, I'll use a mounting block and ride with long stirrups (maybe just stick to dressage for a while!).

Taihoa: Believe me, the LAST thing I want to do is to relapse again! I'll be taking it slow, even though I feel like I've got ants in my pants!! Hahaha
I've schedualled for fortnightly physio sessions, and my surgeon will be seeing me in three weeks for a post-op appointment.

Yeah, Sterling's not the quietest horse. He's got his little quirks, and in normal circumstances, they're just hilarious (like throwing in a crow hop there and there and cantering on the spot when he doesn't feel like trotting!), but it might not be so funny whilst I'm recovering!

My riding school has some excellent mounts, and my instructor even suggested hopping on little Penny - a paint shetland (about 9hh!!) She said that if I felt uncomfortable, I could just plant my feet and step off!! Don't think she'd be the most comfortable ride though ;)
     
    12-07-2009, 11:53 PM
  #10
Weanling
I'd be the one goofy enough to take someone up on that offer about riding the Shetland

I really wits the best of luck with you.
     

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