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    Bonking ... not feelin' well torn MCL, torn PCL, torn meniscus, torn heart...

    Busted myself up good at Whistler with the most retarded crash ever...last possible jump on the mountain, on my last run of the day.. go figure huh?

    goodbye downhill MTB

    time to go see the Ortho, sigh. ...anyone want to buy a 2011 Demo?

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    worst luck ever. lol sorry.

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    You can be back at it in 6 months or less.
    You can be riding again sooner than you think and then you can get back to hard riding and big jumps/drops when you are ready.
    Big risk of reinjury if you fcuk something up early on in the rehab process, but once the legs are strong again you are good to go.
    Rehab will be a different sort of project, but you can come back a better rider from those injuries.
    6 months +/- and you'll be physically strong enough to take the hits again.

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    Don't sell the bike just yet.

    So I had a torn MCL, torn ACL, complete removal of the meniscus.

    6 weeks cast, 6 weeks non-weight bearing. Physical therapy for 3 months = back riding in 6 month, full on in a year.

    Go in with the mentality that your going to crush PT and you will be back riding before you know it.

    Keep you head up

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    dont quit. you are a beast of a rider

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    Sorry to hear. I had a diffrent injury and was out of Dh for 6-7 months. It went by alot quicker than I thought it would and I'm now back on the DH bike, feeling alive again. Stay positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ustemuf View Post
    Busted myself up good at Whistler with the most retarded crash ever...last possible jump on the mountain, on my last run of the day.. go figure huh?

    goodbye downhill MTB

    time to go see the Ortho, sigh. ...anyone want to buy a 2011 Demo?
    Sounds like a familiar story I told not to long ago. Someone on the forums said,"one last run usually means a trip to the ER". SO NOW I DON'T SAY THAT!
    Be happy it's just one ACL, I did both ACL's. Terminal knee extensions will be your best friend. It's the only exercise that you can feel pulling your knee cap back into alignment, and it feels great during the early phase of rehab after surgery.
    Something else, don't settle for anything less than CTI braces when it's time to get back on the DH bike. Don't let your Doc talk you into Donjoy braces for DH because they have a in house rep.at his office. See if your med coverage is by medical necessity, It makes a huge difference when it come to getting gear that can be covered by prescription.
    How rude I'm I ......healing vibes coming achew.
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    Sorry to hear this, speedy healing.

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    C'mon now, you know it's not like you to give up that easy!
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    hey dude, sorry to hear that. just a few thoughts based on my own experience with orthopedic surgeons:

    -make sure you get at minimum 2, and maybe even 3 opinions from ortho's---you want a more conservative, experienced doc that doesn't resort to surgery immediately (i broke my arm pretty badly once, w/ significant damage to the connective tissue in the elbow joint---first 2 docs wanted to operate asap, the third doc recommended a splint and PT)
    -ask a LOT of questions until you feel you have the information you need to make an informed decision
    -are the ligaments completely torn? avulsed? is there some chance that they can heal with due care w/o an invasive procedure?

    another example: my buddy is an orthopedic surgeon (he had his own practice on the peninsula), and made a few bad moves in a really aggressive game of pickup basketball. he was absolutely sure that he had completely torn his ACL and would require surgery. well, once he had an MRI done, and reviewed the images, it was mainly intact, and would be ok w/ a combo of rest and PT.

    hope that helps, and hang in there
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    I wouldn't give up so easily though. Although I've never had a torn MCL and PCL, I have had a torn meniscus and I was lucky enough to recover for it fully. It doesn't even give me an trouble on long "all-mountain" rides.

    Hope this isn't a career ending injury man, get well soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ustemuf View Post
    Busted myself up good at Whistler with the most retarded crash ever...last possible jump on the mountain, on my last run of the day.. go figure huh?

    goodbye downhill MTB

    time to go see the Ortho, sigh. ...anyone want to buy a 2011 Demo?
    So sorry, man. Where did it happen?

    I had an ugly crash at the entrance to the Boneyard a couple weeks back. Thankfully, didn't tear or break anything, mostly a lot of bruising and road rash. It was also stoopid. I tried to huck where I shoulda rolled, and roll where I shoulda hucked. Stoopid.

    Btw, there is never a "last run of the day." I'm always gonna do just "one more."

    Hope you get well soon...

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    Speedy recovery man ! That's how my downhill season ended this year too ... Last run , last jump :/ ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ustemuf View Post
    Busted myself up good at Whistler with the most retarded crash ever...last possible jump on the mountain, on my last run of the day.. go figure huh?

    goodbye downhill MTB

    time to go see the Ortho, sigh. ...anyone want to buy a 2011 Demo?
    I know how ya feel, even though I don't do nearly the stuff you do. I also had the stupidest crash at Angle Fire last week, trying to scrub a table at high speed that had a boot'r on the front of it. We all knows what happens when your to neutral on body position. Anyways landed REALLY hard and broke my clavicle. So badly that I'm having surgery Friday to put it back together with titanium.

    I thought a lot about the same things. Sell my bike, stop riding like a kid that has no responsibilities, etc, etc. I could use the money from selling my bike to help pay the deductible on my insurance, but I figure I'll regret that later. I just need to be smarter about the way I ride, and slow my roll on the newer gnarly stuff. Ease into things...

    Don't get overly reactive to the situation, and give it some time before getting rid of what you love.

    Healing vibes to ya!!
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    Meere flesh wound! You'll be back by next season again for opening day.

    I was riding with SMT one time and a hiker knocked the top of his head off with a hiking pole, and his brain went flying out, it landed in the dirt and quivered like a beached jelly fish. I urinated on it to wash all the dirt of it, slapped back in his head, flipped his top back on, and he good to go. Funny thing is he never shut up during the whole ordeal. I don't think he even knew what went down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F. View Post
    Meere flesh wound! You'll be back by next season again for opening day.

    I was riding with SMT one time and a hiker knocked the top of his head off with a hiking pole, and his brain went flying out, it landed in the dirt and quivered like a beached jelly fish. I urinated on it to wash all the dirt of it, slapped back in his head, flipped his top back on, and he good to go. Funny thing is he never shut up during the whole ordeal. I don't think he even knew what went down.
    hahaha, should have spit and polished it also.
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    What quit DH? Don't give up, your body will heal
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    Sorry to hear it - injury is no fun.

    Like others said, find a good doc, focus on PT, and get digging on the trails when you're up to it. Nothing like a shovel, pickaxe, and clippers to help rehab and build some positive trail karma.

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    Man that sucks, you were on a tear this year.

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    healing vibes...6 months and riding again...back up to speed in 9 months....do rehab and start doing weights in gym...the key is low weight and sets of 25....yes 25
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swell Guy View Post
    So sorry, man. Where did it happen?

    I had an ugly crash at the entrance to the Boneyard a couple weeks back. Thankfully, didn't tear or break anything, mostly a lot of bruising and road rash. It was also stoopid. I tried to huck where I shoulda rolled, and roll where I shoulda hucked. Stoopid.

    Btw, there is never a "last run of the day." I'm always gonna do just "one more."

    Hope you get well soon...
    get well quick
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    Kurt don't give up just yet, well you can't now since its in your blood. You'll bounce back and want it more. Get well soon.

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    I enjoyed your film edits, hopefully you'll heal up and be ripping it up soon to make more film edits.

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    I have done 2 ACLR's in the last 2 years. Recovery was about as long as the winter. Back riding big stuff again. I recommend heading over to the Gimp Central thread over at TGR. Lots of good info from both docs and folks who have been there.

    Sell your Demo and build up a new dream bike while you heal, it will keep your stoke up and motivate to hit the PT hard. Vibes

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    Sorry to hear that OP

    what exactly went wrong?

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