Everyone's different, so when did you recover?

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  1. Peakey

    Peakey FHF Regular Player

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    Hey all,

    So, earlier this year during the season I twisted my knee pretty bad. Spent the rest of the game in the dugout with an icepack.

    Seemed to heal over the week until the next game, only to find halfway through the second half that the pain was firing up again.

    After deciding that it was more than just a sprained knee or pulled muscle I went to the Physio, who, after prescribing about a month’s worth of exercises (during which I did not play again to prevent permanent injury) told me to get an MRI.

    Turns out it was patellar tendonitis – a small tear that did not warrant surgery, but enough to make me think twice about suffering the hard leg impact of sprinting down a field.

    I was absolutely gutted. It’s been a fair while of leg exercises but even now I can still feel it – if I sit a certain way even jog for a short period of time.

    The GP who looked at my MRI results told me it was small and insignificant – “it would heal in a few weeks”. Felt like throwing him across the room.

    Is there any hockey-related input I could take on board – anyone else suffering this? How long did it take you to heal? DID you ever heal? Are there any special exercises that are tailor-made for the common Winger?
     
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  2. Nij

    Nij FHF All Time Great

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    As someone who did much the same to both legs, more than once, you can hope for a decent recovery if you stop playing completely and undergo months of physiotherapy and have the fortune of a god (luck or wealth, both is preferred).

    Otherwise, face the fact that you will have some pain, and your extent of movement and shock absorption will be limited, for a significant time. Be prepared for it to never fully heal, especially since you kept using I hard in the most critical period following the injury before seeking treatment.

    Proactive management means being aware of the joint position at all times, exercise to strengthen the rest of the leg and the knee in particular, seeing specialists who can provide appropriate exercise patterns and footwear and other equipment as necessary, pain and inflammation management through physical or medicinal means, and avoiding excessive use.
    My knees have improved noticeably over several years, but they're never going back to before, and I'm going to need to take very good care to ensure they don't get worse later on.
     
  3. Waxxxed

    Waxxxed FHF All Time Great

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    I'm personally still struggling with a minor meniscus tear that has the same symptoms.
    Not worth surgery, and heals on its own.

    But every so often it'll twinge again, and I'll pull up and start hobbling for a few days until it settles down.
    Best advice re: management, is like Nij said, be aware and try to pick your battles, as it were.

    As for hockey, I've gone from an exciting, young, energetic forward, to a distributive midfielder.
    Obviously less running (at least less hard sprinting/directional changes) so less pressure on the knee.

    Completely different skill set, but its always fun to learn new things.
     

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