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I've been looking at the unloaders speculatively.
same same, cartilage damage in L knee, off running for a couple of months now and climbing the walls..
40min of PT exercises every day instead, really isn't a replacement for running.
PT and my reading suggest at least 6 months 'at our age' to recover. If lucky.
'recover' here means the injury scars over so you can't feel it much. Cartilage doesn't heal so there isn't a true recovery, just a temporary stay of execution.
"Many other tears that aren't associated with locking or a block to knee motion will become less painful over time, so they also don't require surgery."
Unloaders push your knee inward or outward, making you slightly more knock-kneed or bow-legged, to "unload" one side of your knee by putting more weight on the other side. They don't work for everyone, and aren't very comfortable even when they do. I can't imagine running with an unloader, but I've never tried.
For $10 I'd sooner try a heel wedge in my shoe. (Not that they usually work either, but they're $10.)
I tried Cortizone shots, they did nothing.
I had three euflexxa shots, they did nothing.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Iâ€™ll try anything.
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.
In early February 2012 after lots of tests I was diagnosed with a very bad case of pulmonary embolism in both lungs had I not been so fit I would have died according to the doctors. I also had a blood clot in my left leg from the groin to the foot which I had surgically removed, it was then discovered the vein at the back of the left knee was damaged, right where the unloader brace straps went across the back of the knee and as you know if you have one of these braces when you flex your leg out it pushed very hard on the strap at the back of the knee, so it was 99% probably that the unloader brace caused the initial blood clot which has lead me down to hundreds to doctors appointments since then as the hospital at the time also installed an IVC filter which ruptured in the vena cava and caused me horrendous issues these past 6 years.
So to answer your question, I wouldn't go near one of those braces even if I had to limp around and believe me I have filled up 20 pages of a journey with the history I have had to go through since that time. Hope this helps. Cheers LA Rob
Yes, it's pricey. No it's not covered by insurance, but I'm in my 40s and was looking at 2 knee replacement surgeries in the next 5 years, The price tag was very worth it for me.
The first couple cortisone lasted for 3 months with the fourth month the pain getting more pronounced. Had my third shot a couple months ago and it just did not do as much. I am attempting the Telluride Mountain 38 miler in August and 3 weeks later Run Rabbit Run 100. So I am trying to determine when to get the fluid shots. They said I can get in combination of cortisone. They asked about knee replacements but I am going to hold off as long as possible. Thnk You
I have an ossur , but I dont run long with it however.. 10k max. Yeah it's not super comfy and kinda warm after awhile. I use the medial left version.
I had surgery for my meniscus tears in my left knee....
I had also had the surgery for my right knee a couple years before...
my right knee recovered, my left never did...I had arthritis and close to bone on bone on the inside of my left knee....I tried to grit my teeth and run anyway...just couldn't get it done....
got an uploader brace to try and open up the gap on the inside of my knee and allow me to run....
....tried and failed....
I ran a 4 mile run race with my brace running gritting out a pace 2 minutes a mile slower than I did just 1.5 years earlier (I am guessing the changes in my gait due to my knee problems was very inefficient)....I knew then I was done....33 years of triathlon came to an end.....
I got a left knee replacement on Halloween 2018 when it was obvious I was not ever going to be able to run again...I am still on the mend 10 weeks later.....once I am healed I might try very limited running (2-3 miles twice a week on grass)....or not.....not sure now.
About to start a thread "Running with a knee replacement"......but I have resigned myself (and ok with) Biking (Mt biking, road), swimming, xc skiing, hiking, etc....I am ok with that outcome.
I wanna go fast!
My two main races, (events, I aint good enough to race) 38 miler, Aug 24, 100, Sept 13. ..Want as much training benefit but want to still be in good shape for those dates......any advice appreciated
I saw the benefit as I donâ€™t believe there was any way I could have ran a marathon without it. Definitely not the most comfortable thing to wear, but it was worth it.
That said, Iâ€™ve pretty much stopped running the past 3yrs as I just donâ€™t want to do further damage to my knee as itâ€™s more important that I can play with my kids than run at this point in my life.
Best of luck to you.