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the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: wurm
Date: December 10, 2021 04:45PM
On Halloween, I messed up my left leg. I slipped into a hole and fell on my arse, but the only thing that hurt was the front of my thigh. I actually couldn't move for a couple of minutes, but then I was able to slowly move around a bit. I figured I'd get it looked at if it didn't get better on its own, but it did over the next couple of weeks, so I didn't. Well, I'm not sure if it's somehow associated, but now my left knee has been bothering me. It's uncomfortable to sit with my knee bent for any length of time. Could well be just age, but I don't know.

So I guess my question really is, how does one know the timing of when to baby a sore joint and when to start working it to get it stronger? I've often wondered what that line is between recovery and rehabilitation. I don't want to further injure something that may not be right yet, but I also want to strengthen it if I can so I'll be able to ride comfortably in the Spring.

Thanks for any advice.
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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 10, 2021 05:10PM
get an MRI and have an orthopedic surgeon look at it.
could be meniscus, could be r&r.
don't mess with your walking sticks



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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: Diana
Date: December 10, 2021 05:24PM
Ditto the MRI and the specialist. I have arthritis in my knees—a patellofemoral surgery has been scheduled and the recovery from that will take a while. Get it taken care of early, as any damage you may have done to it needs to be taken care of before other issues arise.

Good luck.
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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: RgrF
Date: December 10, 2021 06:23PM
Another ortho recommendation. I started out with a torn left meniscus that ended up as a knee replacement.
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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: wurm
Date: December 10, 2021 06:48PM
Okay, thanks for the thoughts. But most everything I've read regarding something like a strain indicates rest as the primary treatment. If a bone were broken, I think I'd know it. And if it were something else serious, wouldn't I be in constant agony? I don't suppose an X-ray would show anything, would it? That's a lot cheaper than an MRI.

And for what it's worth, while there was some bruising after a few days, there never any swelling after the event, and I do still have full range of motion in the leg.



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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 10, 2021 06:55PM
not that an X-ray wouldn't show anything, but unlikely enough.

7 days, ok. maybe 2 weeks. Halloween is more than 30 days.

You have the same opinion from 3 who've experienced something related to what you have.

If you hit a pothole and the car ran crooked, would you wait 30 days to have a mechanic look at it?
JOMO, but ain't your legs nearly as important as your car?



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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: wurm
Date: December 10, 2021 07:02PM
Point taken. Thanks.
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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: lost in space
Date: December 10, 2021 07:12PM
x-ray will only pick up issues with bone. MRI gets soft and connective tissue.



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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 10, 2021 07:16PM
Stop futzing. You could have something teetering on the edge of serious. If you have insurance, see a doc.
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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: davester
Date: December 10, 2021 08:30PM
As an experienced knee and other joint damager, I'll add to the chorus. Get yourself into the doc, pronto. Do not mess around with self-care guesswork. Nothing good can come of it.



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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 11, 2021 05:44AM
I tore up my left knee when I was about 16 or 17. Now at 56, it never healed right, and it will twist, wobble, pop, and sometimes lock up. 4 decades of "I should have this thing fixed."

When you fall going downstairs with a massive bowl of hummus, and a bag of pretzels, and you are lying on your back, legs twisted up, you can't help looking up at the ceiling and wonder "How in the hell am I going to get hummus off of a textured ceiling?"

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Re: the line between rest, recovery, and rehabilitation
Posted by: mspace
Date: December 11, 2021 08:45AM
If it's sitting in a mis-alignment, it won't show on an X-ray, the pain can be intermittent, and the trigger could be in your hips, with your knee trying to compensate.

PM me if you want more of how I know this and what I do about it.
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