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    Advice please, I have a bad knee but I want to do sport!

    Hi guys,

    I am currently trying to find out what sports I can do which won't cause more problems for my knee without much success.

    Here's a bit about my knee problem:

    I had keyhole surgery/arthroscopy the other week to clear out the mess and make it a bit better but after seeing the consulatnt yesterday he said basically that the back of my kneecap is totally worn, there is no enamel there and he showed me the pics which looked rough. He said I have the kneecap of a 40-50 year old(I'm 27), and he can't understand how its got so bad. He said I might have Marfan Syndrome, and there is servere arthritis there(even though it doesn't hurt much) and if it starts to hurt a lot in the future I might need a new kneecap.

    When I was young I was told it was Osgood Schlatter's, but I was wrongly diagnosed. Before the op I was lookin forward to starting a bit of running but I don't know if I should now, and I don't know what else I could do. I'm looking to do something where I can set myself targets and improve, maybe tennis, golf, exercise bike or running. Would any of these be any good? I don't like swimming or rugby.

    Any suggestions would be really good. Will leave rep for all help of course!

    Ta.

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    Low impact stuff, Mountain biking, climbing?.

    think there're plenty you can do!
    chess, swimming, archery, shooting, golf, snooker, arm-wrestling... the list goes on i think

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    kick boxing:whistling:

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    Mountain biking, that sounds like an option. Not really a climber. Thanks.

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    nuabdi;5383751

    think there're plenty you can do!chess, swimming, archery, shooting, … think there're plenty you can do!chess, swimming, archery, shooting, golf, snooker, arm-wrestling... the list goes on i think



    Thanks, I like chess and snooker but wanna do something outside. Golf could be the one.

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    dog_cop;5383757

    kick boxing:whistling:



    Probaby not. :-D

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    Happysteveo;5383795

    Probaby not. :-D



    marathon training ?:w00t:

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    did you not discuss this with your consultant

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    sassie;5383833

    did you not discuss this with your consultant



    no they went for a run :w00t:

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    sassie;5383833

    did you not discuss this with your consultant



    I forgot to be honest. I had loads of things to ask when I saw him again yesterday and he ended up having to syringe some of the fluid from the knee while I was there so I wasn't feeling too great some of the time while I was with him. Will see the physio on Thurs so I'll see what he says, and will go to the doc on Friday for more advice. I'm just impatient! :-D

    When I had a knee injury (it was not as serious as yours) I found that swimming was the only thing that didn't give it any pain.

    I did have some discomfort when mountain biking. But, my injury was nothing like yours....it was more of a muscular thing.

    I piled on the pounds after dislocating my knee playing football at school
    was out about 3 times after that in 3 years
    doctors didnt do sh1t and just told me to lose weight I gave up in the end
    now iam 32 and a bit lardy boy with two knee caps
    http://djnaff.com/pics/927f4da88d8f3b8d686720258035d2a2.jpg

    only thing that was good is swimming anything impact even cycling leaves me in pain after
    how did you get a consultant only person that has ever looked at mine is the doctor
    guess I should complain more

    volleyball

    I've pm'd you. I've been in exactly the same situation as you are at the moment.

    dog_cop, trust me, it really ain't that funny.

    i was gonna say Mountain biking is most likely going to to be bad as you do get load running through the knee.
    You need low impact sports.

    Swimming (even though you sat you dont like it) is going to be best during rehab
    Standard cycling in stints might be good.
    Most of the stuff is going to be like yoga and aerobics, mainly gym based stuff.
    Your best bet from what you have said so far is going to be Golf i would have thought

    im afraid more than likely most team sports are going to be out.

    Table tennis. I play 3 times a week and im in various leagues in norfolk. You may not think its a hard sport but trust me its a minute to learn lifetime to master. Its one of the only sports where experience can beat young ripe talent.

    Give it a try

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    thearbiter65;5383958

    When I had a knee injury (it was not as serious as yours) I found that … When I had a knee injury (it was not as serious as yours) I found that swimming was the only thing that didn't give it any pain.I did have some discomfort when mountain biking. But, my injury was nothing like yours....it was more of a muscular thing.



    Thanks for that. Sounds quite logical but I don't like swimming :-(

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    djnaff;5383961

    I piled on the pounds after dislocating my knee playing football at … I piled on the pounds after dislocating my knee playing football at schoolwas out about 3 times after that in 3 yearsdoctors didnt do sh1t and just told me to lose weight I gave up in the endnow iam 32 and a bit lardy boy with two knee caps only thing that was good is swimming anything impact even cycling leaves me in pain after how did you get a consultant only person that has ever looked at mine is the doctor guess I should complain more



    Two knee caps! Doctor asked me to get xray'd and consultant took over from there.

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    Scream;5383979

    volleyball



    Thanks, but I don't like sand :oops: :-D

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    Jetpac;5384035

    i was gonna say Mountain biking is most likely going to to be bad as you … i was gonna say Mountain biking is most likely going to to be bad as you do get load running through the knee.You need low impact sports.Swimming (even though you sat you dont like it) is going to be best during rehabStandard cycling in stints might be good.Most of the stuff is going to be like yoga and aerobics, mainly gym based stuff.Your best bet from what you have said so far is going to be Golf i would have thoughtim afraid more than likely most team sports are going to be out.



    Cool, thanks. I'm not sure about biking either, will have to find out more about that. Seems golf could be the way. I wonder what made Tiger's knee go wrong though? Will have to find out about that as well!

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    kiwinator;5384036

    Table tennis. I play 3 times a week and im in various leagues in norfolk. … Table tennis. I play 3 times a week and im in various leagues in norfolk. You may not think its a hard sport but trust me its a minute to learn lifetime to master. Its one of the only sports where experience can beat young ripe talent. Give it a try



    Table tennis! I forgot about that. I used to enjoy it quite a lot. Will have to find out whats on offer down my way. Thanks.

    try and score a bionic leg if your knee gets worse

    Happysteveo;5384116

    Cool, thanks. I'm not sure about biking either, will have to find out … Cool, thanks. I'm not sure about biking either, will have to find out more about that. Seems golf could be the way. I wonder what made Tiger's knee go wrong though? Will have to find out about that as well!



    You get torsion forces going through the knee, When you play as much golf as that man does, combined with the ridiculous force he puts onto the ball through technique.

    As said table tennis is good too!

    Cycling is best mate as your not putting all your body weight down but your still exercising, I was advised to do this as part of my physiotherapy.
    Here's my left knee after my second operation share4pic.com/872…028

    Hi, Sorry to hear your knee is so bad. i damaged my knee badly about six years ago. ended up having reconstruction, bone grafts etc. I can do very little mysef sadly,
    I would try and stick with activities that avoid rotation, so if swimming avoid breast stroke, walking on a treadmill should be ok. Cycling or rowing. A relative of mine used to play pro football, and now following an injury can only row cycle etc.Good luck, hope you get a good physio to get you started.

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    Jetpac;5384484

    You get torsion forces going through the knee, When you play as much golf … You get torsion forces going through the knee, When you play as much golf as that man does, combined with the ridiculous force he puts onto the ball through technique.As said table tennis is good too!



    Cool, so I probably wouldn't get his problems then!

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    stgeorge;5384592

    Cycling is best mate as your not putting all your body weight down but … Cycling is best mate as your not putting all your body weight down but your still exercising, I was advised to do this as part of my physiotherapy.Here's my left knee after my second operation http://share4pic.com/8725754/17122007028



    Thanks for the advice. What did you have done to your knee?

    Do you play golf?

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    smithyp1;5385485

    Do you play golf?



    I have the gear for it but I haven't played much yet.

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    Sparkle n dazzle;5384813

    Hi, Sorry to hear your knee is so bad. i damaged my knee badly about six … Hi, Sorry to hear your knee is so bad. i damaged my knee badly about six years ago. ended up having reconstruction, bone grafts etc. I can do very little mysef sadly, I would try and stick with activities that avoid rotation, so if swimming avoid breast stroke, walking on a treadmill should be ok. Cycling or rowing. A relative of mine used to play pro football, and now following an injury can only row cycle etc.Good luck, hope you get a good physio to get you started.



    Thanks for the advice :thumbsup:

    http://www.boltonschool.org/library/pics/boysdiv%5Candrewcr.jpg

    what about water polo - in the water but not just boring swimming:thumbsup:

    Happysteveo;5385529

    I have the gear for it but I haven't played much yet.



    Then golf will in no way help your knee, it will only make it worse.

    Is it your right or left knee?

    The stress on the knee joint when striking a golf ball is tremendous.

    Sounds stupid but without a club or ball etc just try the stance and pretend to take a golf shot but quite slowly.
    You will feel and see the movement and impact the left knee (if right handed) takes.

    Then imagine hitting your driver off the first tee, having to carry water over 250yds, the force you will put into it to pull off the shot is huge and will definately not be beneficial for you.

    Personally i would recommend swimming.

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    Charlie Scene;5385577

    what about water polo - in the water but not just boring … what about water polo - in the water but not just boring swimming:thumbsup:



    Thats an interesting one, thanks!

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    smithyp1;5385607

    Then golf will in no way help your knee, it will only make it worse.Is it … Then golf will in no way help your knee, it will only make it worse.Is it your right or left knee?Then imagine hitting your driver off the first tee, having to carry water over 250yds, the force you will put into it to pull off the shot is huge and will definately not be beneficial for you.Personally i would recommend swimming.



    Thanks for that. Its the right knee and I'm right handed. So I'm guessing the pressure will go on the left knee from the swing?

    Happysteveo;5385632

    Thanks for that. Its the right knee and I'm right handed. So I'm … Thanks for that. Its the right knee and I'm right handed. So I'm guessing the pressure will go on the left knee from the swing?



    Yes, but the back swing especially and general follow through just isn't good for your right knee either.

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    smithyp1;5385640

    Yes, but the back swing especially and general follow through just isn't … Yes, but the back swing especially and general follow through just isn't good for your right knee either.



    Oh damn. Maybe just pitch and putt then?!

    Happysteveo;5385621

    Thats an interesting one, thanks!



    you know it makes sense:thumbsup:

    plenty of clubs around now too.......

    Happysteveo;5385658

    Oh damn. Maybe just pitch and putt then?!



    Crazy golf would be best :thumbsup:

    Do whatever you feel comfortable doing.

    I had a problem with my knee which was eventually fixed but the physio said because of the nature of the injury I wouldn't be able to run/play sport again - I just had to 'take it easy'.

    Since then I ran half marathons regularly (at least one per month) for 20 years, have done 22 years in the Army, played all sorts of sports, taken part in loads of adventurous activities & I'm still going strong!

    The trick is to try something, & your knee will tell you whether or not it's happy for you to continue. I'm not saying you'll be able to do everything you want, but you won't know until you try.

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    Charlie Scene;5385666

    you know it makes sense:thumbsup:plenty of clubs around now too.......



    Will check it out. I live in Cornwall and we're a bit behind in this part of the world but I'll see whats about. Thanks.
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