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Re: What can you tell me about running in an unloader brace? [sailnfast] [ In reply to ]
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Yeah, long term health is probably more important than running. If I can’t run without a brace, I obviously should not be running.
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Re: What can you tell me about running in an unloader brace? [imsparticus] [ In reply to ]
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Your story is very similar to mine. I am bone on bone in my right knee and left knee is about a 2 on the cartilage scale. So I have time before my left is done. I was viewing the impending doom of a knee replacement as the end of running as I knew it. However, there are outliers that are pushing the limits. It seems that most advice to not run or you are done running from the Drs. were anecdotal/quasi-anecdotal. I say that still with hesitation as what I have found is people saying that they are just trying to do more and more with very positive results with current technology. Meaning, no real science behind it. But, I have always been an envelop pusher and if and when I get that replacement I figure I have a new envelop to push.

Who ever was going to start that new thread on running with a new replacement is a genius and I look forward to watching that thread.
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Re: What can you tell me about running in an unloader brace? [GhiaGirl] [ In reply to ]
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GhiaGirl wrote:
Have you tried hyaluronic acid injections? They worked for me for about 4 years.

About a year ago I had stem cell treatment and it's really helped with my arthritis/lack of cartilage. I still get the hyaluronic acid injections twice a year, but I don't think I'll need them when I'm due next.
Hi are you back running since the stem cell treatment ?
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Re: What can you tell me about running in an unloader brace? [IMF] [ In reply to ]
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The stem cell really helped the arthritis in my knees. Am I running right now? Sort of, but that's more of an achilles things and an old meniscal tear.

I think the best proof I have for my knees betting better is that I can squat and stand up without pain. I can almost bend my knees far enough to sit on my heels, before the stem cell I couldn't bend my knees to an angle less than 90 degrees with out a lot of pain. I also don't have to go down steps one at a time and I can step up and off stools/chairs without having to grab hold of something a pull myself up/lower myself down...I usually hold something for stability, but I don't have to. I'm not jumping up and down on them without thinking about it but...

My last round of xrays and MRI show my knees are not nearly as arthritic as they were. there are still some days where they hurt, mostly when it is very humid, before it rains or when it's very cold. There is still a little pain in the morning and if I have been sitting with my knees bent for over and hour (saw Hamilton the other day....the end of Act 1 was okay, the end of Act 2 they hurt...but walking after was fine and the pain/stiffness lessened over the next hour).

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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