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« on: May 13, 2009, 06:52:48 PM »

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     Over the years I've had a million skate injuries... torn ligaments in my foot, the rolled ankles, chipped hip bone, broken teeth, broken fingers/toes.... well at my job (not skating)... my leg got smashed and ..broke my right ankle (i'm goofy foot...so yeah).. and dislocated my knee. Anyways, my knee honestly feels worse than the ankle. So, ultimately... my question/topic is... once this crap heals... how hard is it to rehab the ankle/knee. I'm pretty worried about if my knee will heal right as obviously if it doesn't, i'm screwed as far as skating goes?! Also worried about the ankle as it's my main kickflip ankle... i hope it comes out okay. Bummed here, no skating for....months?! Sad
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009, 08:49:08 PM »

i assume that since it happened at work, you're insured? see a sports physician, and do whatever physical therapy your doctor recommends. once you can walk comfortably again, get yourself a decent bicycle. it's variable restiance, super low impact, and you can cruise around looking for spots while you rehab your knee and ankle...   it also helps build your endurance and whatnot. swimming is also good, but biking is a lot easier for most people, since you don't have to have access to a pool and stuff.

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 09:25:00 PM »

I find steroids really does the trick. That, or steroids.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009, 12:16:04 AM »

You knocked that advice out of the park Barry!!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2009, 01:30:06 AM »

i broke my right foot, and everybody told me that an ankle is easier to heal/rehab.
follow the rehab don't bea bonehead like i was or it will take longer to heal.
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2009, 08:06:12 AM »

I blew both ankles out multiple times by 18.   The kind where the brown and purple stuff drains to the side of your foot after a couple of weeks.    I've always heard that a lot of sprains (the tearing) are more damaging than actually breaking bones in your ankle.    Regardless I've still been able to do dodgy kicklips here at the ripe age of 33.   Still would blow out ankles here and there but I seriously think I've stretched the ligaments so much that there's not much more tissue damage I can do.

I did my first knee blow out around 25 though.   A solid four years at the bar had put on some L B's and a borderline too high ledge for me to be skating took me out in the same fashion York goes down in Yeah Right.    All my beer gut weight onto my knee bent all sideways.   That shit hurt much like most injuries.    I didn't go to pysical therapy but I know I didn't skate for nearly half a year.    It was right when I moved to SF so to rebuild the strength of it I would ride a bike or just skate all over the city.    It was hard to not "skate" but SF had plenty of herbal remedies to get me through the boredeom of it all (the not skating).

So yeah....herbal teas.....no alchohol....and no skating.    Hard stuff to do for those of us skateboarders.   Well maybe not the herb part.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2009, 07:47:43 PM »

Well you should worry about the knee. The ankle heals and in about 6 months you will be back on board and maybe in 9 months you will be skating like before(from personal experience). On the other hand the knee is another story it may take you a year and maybe you will never feel it the way you used to.
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 05:32:08 PM »

i'm also 33 and have experienced the same ankle injuries as you, Johnny.  sucks.

i have a friend who is recovering nicely from a horribly shattered patella, last september.  he's walking around great now. 

OP, sorry to hear about your injury.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2009, 05:12:04 PM »

thanks for the responses guys. I'm in New Zealand (born and raised in st louis, mo. though!) and their medical stuff seems to be pretty sweet, as I'm covered by some accident insurance dealio and i'll apparently be getting paid in this time off (self high five). I got an exercise bike in the house so i'm assuming that'll be my fun once i can move again. The first thought in my head when it happened was "f---, i'm never gonna skate again" (yes i thought worst case scenario first).. as when i was trying to walk to my car, my knee was popping (or something?) inward and outward, left and right. I knew the ankle was broke already but that feeling in my knee was disgusting. I'd hate to think that i'd had my last session , i'm 33 now and been skating since 1986. I don't know what i'd do without skating, so obviously that's my biggest fear.

p.s. you should see all the free/unsupervised parks here, it's amazing. Some have some crazy-steep trannies but still
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2009, 02:03:38 PM »

Good luck man!
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