If you have any knee ligament problems, my experience might make you take it more seriously.
I have had ligament problems for years, following a fall which damaged my medial and cruxiate ligaments. I coped OK for a while, joined a friendly club, trained regularly and ran short distances (10K) quite happily with some analgesics, shoe orthotics and use of a hinged knee brace. I had physio when it felt bad and did all the usual strengthening exercises regularly. It all helped.
But maybe I should have done more about this old injury and sought earlier surgery. I've now been told that I've got knee valgus (the knee is bending inwards when I'm standing because the ligaments are so damaged) and also advanced osteoarthritis - the X ray was a nasty surprise because it hadn't felt any worse over the last few years. I have been told I can never, ever run again and that I must now have a knee replacement.
All I read about knee replacements makes it sound like a lousy option. Does anyone ever run or take part in sport again after such surgery? As far as I can see, I'll be lucky to toddle round the shops, let alone run or walk in the mountains.
Mind how you go....
Posted: 02/09/2007 at 17:54