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  1. #1
    Bedwards Of The West
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    Oct 2007

    I tore my MCL. Dang it.

    Snowboarding. I wasn't even doing anything cool.

    I'm off the bike for a while...knee isn't doing much bending for at least a few weeks. At least it's icy out and I couldn't be riding anyway.

    Anyone else done this? I'd like to get an idea of recovery time. I was hoping to do a century in June...think this is still a reality?
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Jan 2008
    I had a similar injury. Well it wasnt really the injury.
    It was the ignorant doc who f'd up the first surgery.
    Wrestling did me in the first time, I just landed on it weird and
    had a 200 lb. beast then land on top of me to worsen it.
    Off to sleep for me and a few pins later, I was wide awake.
    I then found out that one of the pins inserted was broken off
    at the end, mistakenly of course. So 8 weeks later I had
    another surgery, which was suppose to be done arthroscopically
    to remove the pin fragment. However, the doctor was unable
    to find the pin with the microscope, and had to cut the tendon
    on the chest side of the shoulder and fish it out. Another 6
    weeks later I was back on the bike, nothing extreme of
    course. But with your MCL being torn, obviously pretty important
    in biking, I'd give it a few months.

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    Jul 2006
    Tore my pcl and mcl skiing but did not go to the doc for four months cause it did not really bother me riding the bike and I was riding 3 days a week. Finally after 16 weeks I went because of some sharp pain and stiffness. MRI showed the tears and the doc wanted to operate and I told him if it wasn't that bad now was surgery the only option. He set me up on rehab 3 times a week for 6 weeks. He said I could always come back if the rehab didn't work. Rehab worked out great. I still have some issues with lateral motion sports (day after stiffness) but for the most part I am pain free. I never was off the bike. Forward motion was never an issue - just lateral.

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