Yet another knee story

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Milo Maltbie Milo Maltbie
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Yet another knee story

I sprained my knee in Big Sky back in early February.  I thought it was just an MCL, but that healed and my knee still hurt. An MRI showed a torn medial meniscus, and some arthritis on the medial side.  Based on how my knees felt before the sprain, I'm pretty sure I have arthritis in both knees.  I am seriously bow-legged, and I think that puts more pressure on the medial cartilage, and that's what caused the arthritis. The arthritis is more of a concern than the meniscus.

So it looks like I'm in for arthroscopy, and eventually knee replacements if I live long enough.

mm  
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Ouch. Live long, prosper and get new knees.

You an get a lot of good insight into skiing-related injuries and other medical topics on the TGR "Gimp Central" threads. If nothing else, you can commiserate with fellow sufferers. It was my introduction into the wacky world of TGR:

https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/16-Gimp-Central

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Milo Maltbie wrote
I am seriously bow-legged, and I think that puts more pressure on the medial cartilage, and that's what caused the arthritis.

mm
Being bow legged forces you use a much higher degree of knee angulation to get your outside ski on a high edge angle. That is what causes the issues with your knee as the angulation should come from your hip for the most part with only fine tuning in your knee.  Given your body that is not possible.

What have you been doing as far as boot fitting and cants?  If nothing you need to see a top notch boot fitter before skiing in the fall.  I recommend Gary and Richard at Sportspage in Queensbury.

Also what width ski are you skiing. Width makes your issues much worse so I’d suggest going to something narrow in the carving to race ski widths to lessen the impact on your knees.

For those guys swearing by fat widths on hard pack you are doing to your knees what a bow leggedness does to them from you ski choice.
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I had a bucket tear over 20 years ago, had it nibbled out by a good surgeon. Been skiing ever sense. I can’t even remember which knee it was. Have to look for the tiny scars. I have no arthritis, but I keep my knees & quads strong. Get the knee fixed before other issues arise and the keep them strong. Maybe you will outlive the arthritis.
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Milo Maltbie wrote
  The arthritis is more of a concern than the meniscus.
   

 
I share your same pain --- I can live with my knee sliding out every once in a while but the arthritis is the killer. I too am bow-legged.

New knee for me as well but not until I can't take it anymore. The thought of another knee surgery and the recovery that comes with it makes me want to cry.
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SBR:  Thanks for the link.

Z: I agree with you about fat skis.  It's almost a joke among my friends that I always have the skinniest skis in the group. Knee angulation is not my issue. My joints are so tight I can barely get any hip angulation.  I think a lifetime of running and 10 years of heavy squats are way more responsible for the condition of my knees than skiing is.
A lot of my friends like Gary, but Marc Stewart (at Windham) is the best boot fitter I've ever met.

PeeTex wrote
Maybe you will outlive the arthritis.
I wish.

Thanks for all the replies.

mm
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Milo
Do you either have your boot soles planed or cants under your bindings?  That would allow you to have a more neutral stance to be able to tip the ski on edge easier.  

Depending on the degree of your lower leg tilting out there is a limit to how many degrees you can sole plane.  Cants under the binding can do more but then you have to use a flat ski and not a system binding.

This would take a lot of pressure off your knees and allow you to ski better.
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Do you either have your boot soles planed or cants under your bindings?  
I've got all that covered, but skiing better is part of my past, and my knees are the least of my problems.

mm
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Milo Maltbie wrote
skiing better is part of my past, and my knees are the least of my problems.
Milo, if you care to share, what does this mean?
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Harvey wrote
...if you care to share, what does this mean?
No, it's just all age related stuff, and I'm feeling sorry for myself.

You'll understand soon enough, if you're lucky.

mm
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