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  1. Sounds like a good plan, Doug. One thing to keep in mind is that surgeons are like mechanics - they aren't all good at what they do, so it's best if you have a medical professional who can advise you about who is the best in the industry. If you have a great GP, then ask them who they recommend. Otherwise, let me know if you need a hand with finding a good surgeon, and I'll ping you the names of the people who we use with our patients. All the best, Doug. I look forward to hearing how things go. Cheers, Rus
  2. You're very welcome, Doug. Feel free to pop any questions through at any time. All the best with your recovery, mate.
  3. Hey Doug, Sorry to hear about your knee injury. It's good to hear that you've been able to return to normal activity. Given that you're talking about choosing not to go with surgery, I assumed that you have been diagnosed with a full rupture of the ACL. I'm not sure if you've sustained damage to any other structures of your knee (such as cartilage), but that will also affect your long term function. The ACL and PCL help to stabilise the knee when the upper leg is rotating while the foot is planted on the ground, such as changing direction; and when forces cause the femur (thigh bone) from sliding forwards or backwards across the tibia (shin bone), such as stopping quickly or trying to slow down when going down a steep hill. When the ACL or PCL are ruptured the knee loses support, which is fine if the patient leads a sedentary lifestyle, but it can become problematic when they are involved in vigorous activity. Most athletes will have surgery if they are continuing to compete in their sport because they require their joints to function at 100%. Otherwise they are unable to perform at their usual high level; they have an increased risk of injury; they have an increased risk of more severe injury; risk of needing more surgery; greater chance of post-op complications, which leads to longer recovery periods; more time on the bench Usually the surgeon will reconstruct the ACL with a graft from the middle third of the patella tendon, or from part of the hamstring. Recovery is usually straight forward, unless there are post operative complications. At the end of the day, you will be fine with most activities. You do have an increased risk of dislocating your knee due to the instability, but you can reduce the likelihood of that occurring. The aspects which you need to be cautious with during riding will be: Planting you foot on the ground while moving - avoid this at all costs! Remaining completely upright with hard acceleration or hard braking - ensure that you're shifting your pelvis forward during acceleration, and to the back of the bike during braking to ensure that your muscles are loaded to support your knees Another measure that will help far more than taping your knee is to strengthen your calves and hamstrings as much as possible. Your calves and hamstrings will stabilise your knee and prevent it from shearing anteriorly and posteriorly. You can strengthen your quads too, but they are secondary to your hamstrings and calves - don't go overboard and allow the quads to dominate your training or movement patterns - you should feel your calves & hammies holding you strong. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other Qs, and I'll answer whatever you need to know. All the best, Doug! Cheers, Rus Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors - I'm typing this as fast as I can with a screaming 8 month old demanding my attention
  4. How many years have you been riding for ? I think 5 years (maybe 6 years) What was your very first bike ? 2009 KTM 530 EXC-R What is your current bike ? 2018 Sherco 125 SER Six Days Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? Unfortunately no - I only started riding in my 40s Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? I love 2 strokes Where was your favorite forum ride ? Macca's Grampians Ride & DirtGirlie's Birthday Ride in Beechworth What is your favorite forum memory ? Has to be my first desert ride with Arbo up at Yaapeet How many years have you been a forum member for ? I think 4 years Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Absolutely. I've met the best people on the forum. Too many to list. What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? Great question. I'm not exactly sure at the moment, but I'll come back to this one.
  5. Happy belated birthday, Cruiser! It looks like you spent it in the best way, mate. I'm sorry I missed the ride. Hopefully I can catch the next one. Many happy returns, mate.
  6. Nice work Cobraone! It sounds like you caught the compression early enough for traction to be an effective strategy for your back. I wish that all spinal cases could be that simple, but unfortunately that doesn't happen frequently enough. The best practitioners don't automatically jump straight to the most invasive treatment methods, such as surgery. They will try conservative treatment options to start with, and ramp things up if those simple treatment methods don't work. Physicians know that most conditions will resolve themselves with time, so they send people home with mild medications to see how things go. If the pain persists after two or three weeks then they will run more tests and investigate more treatment options (unless the patient comes in with severe symptoms which indicate more serious pathology, such as not being able to empty bladder or lack of motor function, which the doctor will send straight to see a surgeon). You were right to avoid surgery 20 years ago, mate (most importantly because you obviously didn't need it); and secondly, it was very touch and go back then, where you could almost predict the effectiveness of the surgery by flipping a coin. Surgery has come a long way over the last 10-15 years, with very low levels of complication and very high rates of full recovery. That said, you always want to be under the hand of a top spinal surgeon. Surgeons (actually, all medical people) are like mechanics; you get good ones and dodgy ones, so never assume that they're good just because they have a medical degree (or because they operate on footballers). Do your homework and ask reliable medical people for who they recommend as being outstanding. FYI, Paul Licina is regarded (within the industry) as the spinal magician (based in Brisbane and operated on Toby Price).
  7. Hey Gooba, It sounds like your recovery is going really well. The wrist will take longer to recover due to the fact that there are so many joints. Doing plenty of hand and forearm strength work will increase the stability of the joints and should eliminate that last bit of pain that you're experiencing. If the pain persists then you might need to see a hand specialist OT who will be able to sort things out for you asap (TAC should cover the treatments with the OT). I didn't have any pain during my first ride back. I was really careful about my rehab and didn't want to risk having long term issues with my joints, so I only jumped on the bike once I was certain that I wasn't going to have any issues. I also took it really easy on the first ride to make sure that I wasn't going to smash it straight out of the box All the best with the rest of your recovery, Gooba! Cheers mate
  8. Hey Gooba, I fractured my left radius with an ulna dislocation last year on the Dartmouth Fundraiser. I had surgery to have a plate put in for the radius. The fracture healed quickly (within the first 12-16 weeks), but the dislocation took much longer to recover (around 9 months). I had a very good team looking after me (Surgeon was Andrew Oppy - highly recommended for any riders with this kind of injury), and my OT was Hayley at Re-Wired (also highly recommended). I've been very critical of TAC in the past (working with patients who had trouble with them), so I have to admit that they were an absolute dream to deal with when I was injured. They covered all of my treatments and loss of income, which made a very difficult situation much easier to deal with. It's good to know that the money we pay for the service is not wasted. With regards to your fracture, you should be pain free fairly quickly, as long as you’re keeping up with your post-op rehab, and back to light activity at the 3-4 month mark. That time frame can blow out considerably if you have complications, which usually come about from infection, or doing too much with it too soon. Hope all is going well with your recovery mate. Cheers, Rus
  9. Quick note (for the interest of the riderz who have been diagnosed with bulging discs): Even though you may have been diagnosed with bulging intervertebral discs, they may not be the cause of your lower back pain. There are many people who have bulging discs, but do not have pain. The pain (from the bulging disc) only comes about when the nerve is impinged (there can be pain before the nerve is impinged, but it's from the muscle (not the nerve) which is NOT caused by the bulging disc. Coming back to your case, Walkahz, the findings of the L5-S1 bulge is considered a degenerative condition where the intervertebral disc is impinging upon the nerve. This is usually preceded by instability through the lumbar spine (which is a muscular issue), which leads to compression on the disc (which is a joint issue), causing it to impinge on the nerve (which is nerve issue). Depending on the severity of the compression (usually time determines how bad it is - the longer it's been there, the worse it is; but the condition can be exacerbated by activity - prolonged sitting, heavy lifting (with bad technique), etc). In the early stages of the condition the pain is usually purely muscular, so treatment is simple and the pain is relieved quickly. If the condition becomes more severe, then joints and nerves become implicated, which are much more complex to treat. The pain that resides in your lower back is most likely muscle tension; the sciatic pain can also be muscular, which is known as "false sciatica" and occurs when the piriformis muscle tightens around the sciatic nerve, however, considering that your MRI showed L5-S1 compression, it looks like your sciatic pain is not "false", but a true nerve compression. A good GP or musculoskeletal physician should be looking at referring you to an orthopaedic surgeon - this doesn't automatically mean that you're going to need surgery - it means that you can be properly assessed for the best treatment methods for your condition. Moving forward you will require a team of people (in the short term) to help get you back to 100% (surgeon, GP, physio, exercise phys, etc). Mate, this is an extremely broad topic so I've tried to answer without turning this into a thesis. Needless to say, there is a LOT of info which I have not covered here. I hope that the info above is useful, but feel free to send me a private message if you want to discuss this further. All the best, mate. Cheers, Rus
  10. Hey Walkahz, Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with your back, mate. There can be a number of factors involved with back pain, so trying to find a solution can be a little hit and miss if the treatments aren't directed at knocking all the factors on the head. The first step to recovery is to get a solid diagnosis to determine exactly what is wrong. This takes the guesswork out of what needs to be treated, and how (type of treatment) it gets treated. Bike example: I have problems with the handling on my front end. Is the problem simply tyre pressure? Or do I need new tyres? Or do the clickers need to be adjusted? Or is there a problem with the forks? Or is there a problem with the bar height? ...the list goes on. Lets say that I look at my bike (I have NFI when it comes to anything mechanical) and I decide that it's my triple clamps, so I purchase a set of Xtrig triple clamps. Although this purchase may be a great addition for my bike, it will do nothing for the 25 PSI in my tyres which was causing the dodgy handling. While this example may seem a little over simplistic and far-fetched, the point is that back problems may be something as simple (and temporary) as a muscle spasm; or something more complex such as joint degeneration or an autoimmune arthritic condition. I accidently hit a key which posted what I was typing before I finished my response >_< I'm going to hit save and then complete my reply...
  11. I think Phil might oblige if you ask him nicely
  12. I'll put the suggestion to Robyn and John, mate
  13. Brilliant! Thanks for that Adam. Thanks Frank! We had trivia questions for Saturday night but we couldn't do it because of the fishing group and the raffle that was going on. Next year we'll do it on the Friday night.
  14. Thanks for getting the report started guys! My "baby brain" haze has turned me into a vegetable so I can't string sentences together Thank you to everyone who came along for the ride and your support for MND research. We couldn't have asked for a better crew for the weekend. I'm really happy to see that everyone enjoyed the weekend. And thanks for sweeping the last leg of the ride on Saturday, Brian - really appreciate it, mate. Loving the photos and video footage! I'm interested for some feedback about what you guys would like to change or add in for next year - for example: pub lunch on Saturday? Add single track sections? Earlier or later start times? Would be keen to hear what you have to add Thanks again guys! Cheers!
  15. This is interesting, Trailz. I am over the moon with my Leatt since buying one after you told me how good they are. I don't have that problem with my visor - it's been perfect! Maybe they fixed the visor issue before I bought mine.
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