Hello Dr. Mark,
I'd like to start off by saying thanks for participating and taking time to provide hope and motivation to all of us, the unfortunate crippled riders.
I just recently started riding. It started off with company team building event to Ocotillo Wells here in CA late last fall where we rented a bunch of quads. It was my first time in the riding environment and let me tell you I was a very happy camper. Anyway needless to say Christmas was coming I told the wife we should get the youngest boy a bike and then what about the oldest and me and.....
Well everything was fine and dandy after Christmas and most of January all we did was easy trail rides close by. Until 1-20-07 while riding super slow I tipped over on my RM250 and I fell, kind of weird on my right side with some twisting action on my right knee and my leg kind of hanging on off the edge of a downhill with the bike still putting some weight making it very painful. I was helped onto a quad then driven to the ER where they said I sprained my knee X-ray was fine. Went to the Orthopedic and he said X-ray looks good but I think you partially tore of some of your ligaments and meniscus, you probably need minor surgery lets start exercising your knee and getting the swelling down with ice and elevation but come talk to me after an MRI. MRI confirmed ligament damage as well as meniscus. I had a successful Knee Arthroscopy on 2-2-07 in which he removed the damaged meniscus and saw that I had an approximate 50% tear of my ACL which he said is more than he expected but it puts me in a gray area as far as reconstruction as he says it may or may not affect my activities to an annoying level.
My question to you is, what, can I do in order to try and get as much out of the ACL I have left and not have to have a reconstruction at least for as long as I can? I've read a lot of the posts you have replied to and looked over your site and am very pleased with the wealth of knowledge and comfort that I found and that a reconstruction can be so successful but I'm sure everyone can agree it’s and experience better off not needing. The time off work and especially the time before you ride again.
So is there anything you would recommend? (Of course I would ask my Drs opinion before moving forward with it; which by the way seems to be an ok Dr just not a rider too bad I'm not in Houston). Is there any type of exercises that would help? I currently do 20ea straight leg stretch to help the top of my leg and leg raises as I lay flat followed by 10-15 minutes on my stationary bike followed by some icing and elevation (first week was heel slides as I could not bend my leg enough for the bike) I started to walk without crutches this week he said I could do it right after surgery but I was a little scared and he also said walking doesn't really help it. I'm also 6' 300 lbs and plan on going on a much needed weight loss diet and increasing my exercise routine.
Well Dr Mark, thank you for your time. I'm anxiously waiting for your reply.