Should I excercise my damaged knee or should I baby it more?
February 18, 2012 9:45 PM Subscribe
I have an ACL injury from a motorcycle accident two years ago. I have noticed in the past 6 months it has gotten much worse. Should I excercise more or less? I don't have health insurance and have no way to get physical therapy at all and have already exhausted all free health-care options.
posted by RampantFerret to health & fitness (3 answers total)
So, to start, I have no resources at all, no money, no job, I am a student but my loans ONLY cover exactly my rent and school supplies and food and nothing else. College healthcare only covers immideate health problems, not PT, and I've been to the free clinic but told that they can't do anything for me.
Two years ago, I was in a motorcycle accident. The bike fell on me in a skid and sheared off my lateral tibial epicondyle, the nub where the ACL attaches. The bone chip went mostly back into place but set about 2mm above it's original location, which loosened my ACL just a little.
I could not afford physical therapy after the accident but eventually regained almost a full range of movement. I was told I shouldn't run anymore if I can help it, but that other things I enjoy (Biking, Fencing and Hiking) should be fine. And I was mostly fine for a year after my knee fully healed. But recently (for about 6 months) it's hurt more and more and dislocated more and more when I"m just doing normal, non-stressful stuff, to the point where I'm actually having trouble doing pretty normal stuff.
It bears mentioning that I haven't been doing the same physical activities I was before, biking, fencing and hiking, but I don't really know if I stopped because i was hurting more or if it's hurting more because I stopped.
So does anyone know, with an injury like this, are you supposed to baby it or are you supposed to excercise it? will excercising more make it stronger or weaken it faster?
Please don't tell me to get professional health care or physical therapy. I've exhausted all my resources and it's just not an option.