Started by NellyPS in Ski Chatter 28-Feb-2013 - 117 Replies
For those that aren't familiar with my story, I had the tiniest fall when I was getting off a chair lift recently, I was trying to avoid someone that had fallen over in front of me, I went to ski round them and my legs gave way sending my knees places they shouldn't really go. At the time of the accident I felt the ligaments tearing in both my knees, however the left one came out worse off and I ended up being dragged off the mountain in the blood wagon and wheeled into the medical centre in the village.
The initial prognosis was that I had over stretched the medial ligament in my left knee; I was strapped up and sent on my way with a 250 euro bill and some crutches, with strict instructions not to ski for the rest of my holiday. It was Tuesday.
On returning to the UK I saw my own doctor who wrote a letter to the physio at the local hospital and sent me up to A&E to 'get me in the system'.
I saw the physio who didn't actually do any physio on me; she just bent my legs into strange places hurting me in the process, told me that I had in fact torn the ligament and possibly also damaged the cartilage as well.
I was referred to the knee specialist who I saw today, I am now the proud owner of a hideous leg brace (rather than a nice little knee brace) that means I can't bend my knee at all, I have to have an MRI scan and possible surgery depending on the outcome of the MRI.
So things may get worse before they get better, but I can still ski next year as long as I do everything to the book and don't do anything silly, I could be back on my own two feet in 6-8 if no surgery required otherwise it could be a bit longer.
Watch this space
Best of luck nellster xx
Best of luck that all goes according to plan and you're ski-ing again next year
If you've ripped it big time it might need repairing however most medical ligament tears are partial and just need time and a bit of physio to get back to normal. Either way next year should be fine.
Certainly not as bad an injury as a ruptured cruciate which tends to take you out of a season if all goes well.
Got to say I saw more people fall at chair lifts this year in one week than in the previous 8. Just amazed at the number of half wits who can't comprehend that you can't turn the moment you get off a 6 man chair lift. My wife was taken down by a gormless kid who turned right & went across the back of 3 sets of skis. It was the first time in 25 years of marriage I've seen her do the splits.
She was fine and it was nice to see the youth's mother administer a bollocking to her offspring after checking Claire was OK.
When I ruptured ACL there was a big noise followed by real pain for about 30 seconds and then nothing. Just a sense of thinking am not going to run this off.
Topic last updated on 18-February-2019 at 21:10