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Dr Langren

The following is taken directly from Dr. Langran’s website: 

Returning to the slopes after a knee injury
I receive many emails every month from skiers who wish to return to the slopes either after a knee injury or after knee surgery. The first thing I always have to say is that I can only provide some generic guidance and advice, as I am not familiar with their injury/surgery and have not examined them. If you are in this situation, then the most important thing is to discuss your situation with your surgeon/physician/physiotherapist and take their advice. On occasions, these people may not know enough about snow sports to be able to offer confident advice - in this case, try and source a sports physician/physiotherapist who can.

In general, most minor knee injuries (grades 1 or 2) should not stop you returning to the slopes on skis, once the injury has healed. Grade 3 injuries (for example a complete tear of the ACL and/or MCL) or a significant fracture (such as a tibial plateau fracture) need to be treated with more respect. These are situations where professional advice and guidance are invaluable. Important points include an assessment of the stability of the knee joint and the degree of fracture healing. Re-injurying the area before it has fully healed can lead to a far longer and more significant period off the snow.

Options that may be worth considering include the purchase of a protective knee brace, or the use of a ski~mojo. This device has only come to my attention in the last 12 months but I am very impressed with it: I saw the Mojo in action for the first time at the SITEMSH meeting in Greece in April 2008. Dr Marc Binet - a world renowned ski physician from Avoriaz in the French Alps - was trialling them. Marc was very impressed with them and after a few days of skiing with them feels that he would no longer wish to ski without them on. Praise indeed!

For individuals with established ostoearthritis (OA), the use of supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin is worth considering. Relatievyl new treatments for OA also include intra-articular hyalin injections and meniscal transplants.