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post #11 of 21 Old 12-11-2011, 11:16 PM
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@maya; When I get down I usually just hop off and go into a roll lol. Or you can get off like normal but put your good leg down first and hold your weight on it, OR dismount onto a mounting block :) quite the challenge to get lined up correctly but I would think it would help a lot!
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post #12 of 21 Old 12-12-2011, 11:33 PM
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As long as you don't twist or pivot on your bad leg, you should be fine. I was riding 5+ horses a day with my screwy knee, and managed fine. I can even jump on my horse bareback with my screwy knee!

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post #13 of 21 Old 12-12-2011, 11:36 PM
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Horses are easier to train for dismounting at the mounting block than mounting. But you can just make sure you dismount using the good leg first. I still do, & my knee is fine now but it's just a habit.
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-17-2011, 01:28 AM
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I ruptured my MCL and "partially" tore my ACL playing rugby just about 7 years ago. A few years ago, I had a horse trip while I was riding and in my effort to stay in the saddle I felt an all too familiar pop. I haven't been to my orthopedist since, but the instability I experienced after the riding incident was greater than my rugby injury.

Thankfully being a physical therapist myself, I have managed to keep my knee as strong as possible by maintaining the strength in my knee as well as my hip in order to avoid the surgery bullet. Still, when I ride, I do ok with most riding activities, but when the horse spooks, or bucks, or jumps particularly hard, I can literally feel my femur and tibia subluxate (partially dislocate) and sometimes I wind up with a full out joint effusion (massive swelling). I've had my knee drained and shot up with cortisone on 2 occasions.

anyway, I would recommend you find a physical therapist that specializes in sports medicine. He/she will understand your desire to continue with your sport. Despite the "unplanned" things that occure during riding, I think one of the reasons I have avoided surgery for so long has been because of my riding. The braces my orthopedist gave to me were too bulky and tore th crap out of my saddle, but I wear a standard soft hinged brace when I ride to help keep my knee from going out on me when I ride and it seems to help somewhat. Just be careful when you dismount. That's one of the hardest things for me to do and I often can't put weight on my right leg for a good 5 minutes if I dismount the wrong way.
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-17-2011, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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I have been working really hard at my "prehab", in the efforts to reduce the post surgery rehab time. My friend said she was back to almost 100% after almost two months, and she tore her ACL, MCL, and had cartilidge damage. I only have my ACL, so I am hoping I can ride soon after my surgery. Obviously volleyball is probably out of the question for a while, but maybe I can ride??

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post #16 of 21 Old 12-17-2011, 05:54 PM
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Good for you for doing "prehab". It will certainly help with the post op rehab. However, it doesn't matter how strong your leg is before surgery. The new ligament graft is going to need time to grow into the bone and if you go back into any activity (riding included) too soon, there is a high risk of the new graft failing and then you are back to square one. The reason rehab from ACL surgery is so long is because of the time it takes for the new ligament to be strong enough to handle the rigors of athletics. That's part of why I never went the surgery route. I always had an excuse to not have the time to do the rehab and let the graft heal. In retrospect, I know I'd be doing much better had I just done the surgery and been patient. I think I am doing miraculously well considering, but I am VERY limited with what activities I can do anymore.
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post #17 of 21 Old 12-25-2011, 09:21 AM
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March of this year, I dislocated my patella (kneecap). I have never had that much pain before this happened. Fortunately I work for a chiropractor with a specility in Sports medicine. She was able to help me with this injury. But it was still very weak and would dislocate randomly so she sent to the an orthopedic who wanted me to have a MRI but my insurance did not pay for those and I sure did not have the money to spend on one. So the Doctor I work for helped me to do excises that strengthened my knee. It has defineately helped me.

Knee injuries stink because you do not reliaze how much you do.
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-27-2011, 12:10 AM
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I hope it goes well for you so that you can heal up and get back on your horse! :)
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-27-2011, 01:22 AM
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Hmm orthopedic physical therapy is really a good option in this scenario which is really helpful but its bit lengthy treatment so patience is the key tool.....
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post #20 of 21 Old 12-27-2011, 01:42 AM
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I must say, the 7 years I wasted between the time I orginally tore the ACL to the 2nd time & surgery, was time well wasted. I should've gone in for surgery the moment it happened, because now, my knee is stronger that it ever was. I will encourage anyone who needs ACL surgery to do it and heal it up properly & follow the surgeon's aftercare recommendations. For 7 years I babied a knee that I could've been kickboxing with.
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