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Skiing post distal femoral osteotomy! Possibly a first topic

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I'm a 43yr old whose been very physically fit and active since my 20,s playing football, tennis and loving the mountains whether it's climbing them, road biking or skiing.
Unfortunately my skiing style usually involved a big deficit between what I was able to ski and what I actually skied which meant some pretty epic fails.
This resulted in my left knee taking the brunt and has ended up with a distal femoral osteotomy to alleviate pressure on the lateral side.
Now, the plus side is I can ride pretty aggressively doing hilly rides upto 50xmiles and have a greater range of movement, but 4xmonths post op if I try and do too much I get a sharp stabbing pain in lateral knee at a specific point.
I suppose I'm looking for rehab tips from anyone who has skied after any osteotomy and secondly positivity as I've booked the family ski trip for next half term.
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@gaz16375, welcome to snowheads ... what does your physio say?
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Ha ha @ Mr Egg, that's been recommended before but to be honest the pain is just as stabbing with the up and down plane of movement you get with snowboarding and if I can help I don't want to go back to being bambi on ice
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The physio basically said stop doing too much which was fair enough as it was only 8x weeks post op but 4x months on if I crank things up the stabbing pain returns which is starting to worry me a bit.
On the plus side I'm going to a police rehabilitation centre in a month for 2x weeks for assessment and treatment, where I'm hoping they can pinpoint what is causing the pain and turbocharge the rehab
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are you able to speak to the surgeon? maybe a ligament or tendon or something is tight since your knee composition has changed & has not bedded into its new surroundings. You might need to do mild stretches rather than going full pelt at something.
Maybe discuss Kaatsu training as an option with your physio.
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I ended up with a steroid injection into the side of the knee (not fun to watch on the ultrasound) but it kept the pain away while i did all the rehab and then I was ok when it wore off.

Don’t do too much, sometimes rest is better.

Of course it will all be sorted in time for your holiday. Hurrah
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I see the surgeon in October. I'll see what the physios at the rehab centre say, as I've been before and they are pretty amazing, but in the meantime I'll research kaatsu and the possibility of a steroid injection.
Thanks for all the advice and I'll update after I've tried everything Little Angel
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gaz16375 wrote:
I'm a 43yr old whose been very physically fit and active since my 20,s playing football, tennis and loving the mountains whether it's climbing them, road biking or skiing.
Unfortunately my skiing style usually involved a big deficit between what I was able to ski and what I actually skied which meant some pretty epic fails.
This resulted in my left knee taking the brunt and has ended up with a distal femoral osteotomy to alleviate pressure on the lateral side.
Now, the plus side is I can ride pretty aggressively doing hilly rides upto 50xmiles and have a greater range of movement, but 4xmonths post op if I try and do too much I get a sharp stabbing pain in lateral knee at a specific point.
I suppose I'm looking for rehab tips from anyone who has skied after any osteotomy and secondly positivity as I've booked the family ski trip for next half term.


I think you are already managing to do quite alot more than average if you are only 4 months.
Femoral osteotomy is a very significant operation. Anticipate that it may take 8 to 12 months to fully settle down.
Occasionally there are persistent niggles from the plate used to fix the osteotomy ( assuming that is how it has been fixed).
Removal of plate 18 months plus can sometimes help alleviate this.

Give it time. Ice massage laterally if swollen. If sore after a ride tae an anti-inflammatory , if you tolerate that type of medicine.

Jonathan Bell
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