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Old 09-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
Red Sunset
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 119

Originally Posted by Chas Tennis View Post
There have been several threads in the last year discussing posture and its relation to knee and foot problems. I believe that this is very important for many people and is important for me.

Hopefully, you do not have advanced arthritis. Some indication of cartilage condition is the knee cartilage spacing on an X-Ray taken specially to show it. Ask your Dr to discuss this spacing.

If you have had MRIs request the written reports that the specialist who examined the images wrote. It lists the injury and is literally also a checklist of the other conditions of you knee. Some issues may not be discussed very much by your Dr. I ask at the MRI lab when I get the MRI but your Dr will also have a copy. Search the terms to get an idea of your knee condition and discuss with your Dr.

One important aspect is that the knee and foot receive much of their alignment from muscles in the hip, pelvis and butt areas. These muscles tend to get tight or weak and affect the knee and foot.

I gave my first meniscus tear in 1999 4 months to heal and it didn't. Surgery was successful. I had gone back for an overhead when tired. The second meniscus tear of the other knee was in 2011, I rested for 3 months, started back very slowly (4-6 weeks) and had PT for posture issues identified by a sports medicine specialist. Both knees feel good now and do not affect my tennis.

Search terms including TW forums: Trendelenburg, posture gluteus medius,
Chas Tennis posture, piriformis stretch, Posture Guy knee,

I'll edit this thread to add a few of the recent TW links.

1) getting older
2) misusing your body as with bad technique or risky posture
3) failure to allow healing.

My goal is to understand #2 and #3.
Thanks heaps Chas. I got a copy of the MRI report, and appart from significant knee effusion, it says the rest is all ok. Interesting that going back for a smash seems to be a common way of tearing the meniscus. I've joined a gym to do "pre-hab" and make sure my quads, calves, etc are strong. I'm also going to start doing beginner Pilates to improve my flexibility overall. It's great to hear that your injuries don't effect your tennis now. I'd hate to have to give it up at 32!
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