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    03-12-2012, 12:37 AM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I should get one then!!! Cause I'm breaking colts in spring and I'd hate to totally blow my knee....
I'd really suggest it. Now the only thing is I wore it over breeches/tall boots and it was great. I wouldn't suggest wearing it over jeans, it goes on TIGHT to support and hold everything together so you'd be smashing the jean seams into your leg which would hurt and unless you have REALLY baggy jeans, it's not going to fit under them. That's the only downfall I found though.
     
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    03-12-2012, 01:19 AM
  #12
Foal
Try your best to stay mentally strong. Hopefully your pain is something that can be fixed. There are a lot of great success stories with knee surgeries, but a lot of times, its never the same again.

Im in the same boat. I tore my knee up racing motocross. I blew my knee out twice. The second time, I tore my acl and mcl. I hyperextended the knee and broke my knee cap. The miniscus was pushed completely out from the impact. The trauma to the joint was so bad, my knee pretty much just shut down. I don't really have any cartilage left in it. I had 7 surgeries on it by the time I was your age. Since then, there is nothing they can do. It needs replaced, and they wont do that at my age (24).

If you worry about how broke down you will be at 40, you start to forget your still young. If you work at it and have the confidence in yourself, over time you can mentally block a lot of the pain out and still enjoy your hobby. Its hard, but a strong healthy attitude is very important. Definitely get everything checked out by a doctor.

Also, im not saying to push thru something that could be damaging. Don't take my advise and push thru pain if that pain is a torn ligament or something. If its just pain that they can't do anything for is what I was talking about. Hard to put it all in words, but I've dealt with a lot of pain in my life, so if you need any advise or anything on living with pain, feel free to message me
     
    03-12-2012, 03:07 AM
  #13
Started
My knee is been killing me with even standing, and its been going on since last April and its getting worse fast. And I've been putting off the docs and I gott see whats wrong with it. I swear with the things it does and pain its got something majorly wrong with it and im scared of what it can be.
     
    03-12-2012, 04:18 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Hey buckup. It could be worse
I just got seriously messed up at a training. We were doing the obstacle course and I got pushed off one of the walls. Ended up tearing 2 ligaments in my right leg, and have hairline fractures in my left. Plus I have osgood schlatters and a bowed right knee.

I've always had problems even while im riding so usually I ride with a knee brace. It works well for me with all the problems I have leg wise.
     
    03-12-2012, 08:05 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Roperchick    
Hey buckup. It could be worse
I just got seriously messed up at a training. We were doing the obstacle course and I got pushed off one of the walls. Ended up tearing 2 ligaments in my right leg, and have hairline fractures in my left. Plus I have osgood schlatters and a bowed right knee.

I've always had problems even while im riding so usually I ride with a knee brace. It works well for me with all the problems I have leg wise.
I have always wondered what makes saying something like that seem helpful. I mean, if you really want to get down to it, people can play that game all day and someone always has it worse than the person before them - after all, the next poster could tell you that at least you HAVE a legt, maybe they lost their's in a tragic accident or are paralyzed from the waist down, etc.
     
    03-12-2012, 03:39 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
I have always wondered what makes saying something like that seem helpful. I mean, if you really want to get down to it, people can play that game all day and someone always has it worse than the person before them - after all, the next poster could tell you that at least you HAVE a legt, maybe they lost their's in a tragic accident or are paralyzed from the waist down, etc.
i agree. The way I see it, is if someone has gone thru something "worse," they should understand what its like and offer help and encouragement
     
    03-12-2012, 08:25 PM
  #17
Foal
The problem with a knee brace though is that if you don't know what's wrong you might wind up compromising your knee more or (if its one sided) screwing up your OTHER knee.

The brace can do some of the work your muscles are doing and support your knee- but it can also encourage the muscles to do less work which, in turn, will support your knee less.

On top of that you still don't know WHAT is causing you such a large amount of pain that you're willing to use the brace. You might be slowly heading towards a knee replacement because you don't know what's wrong, aren't fixing it, and are making it worse over time by not directly addressing the issue with an orthopedic knee specialist.

Chiros can but a band-aid on the problem but they cannot treat the problem long term and can actually make an orthopedic problem worse.

My mother ignored knee pain- by the time she decided to go to the doctor all the cartilage in her knee was completely destroyed. Because one knee was damaged, the other eventually went (which generally happens with knee issues that aren't addressed properly- the knee that is "compensating" eventually gives out. That's one of the reasons I'm told horses don't do well with broken legs.)

My mother also wound up going to a chiro to treat a neck injury- the chiro seemed to be helping short term. She would feel great just after the appt- but slowly, over time, the problem was actually getting worse. The chiro wasn't treating the problem and now she's looking at neck surgery.

Buying a brace is a "quick" fix for a problem that isn't being addressed or taken care of properly- otherwise- you wouldn't need the brace and you wouldn't be in pain.
     

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