I’m just after a bit of advice. Basically I’ve booked my ticket to go RTW for a year from September, however I have a knee injury.
The long and short of it is I injured my knee playing football in February, since then I have been waiting around to see a specialist, have a scan, etc, etc.
The basic upshot of it all was when I saw the specialist last month he told me he was pretty much certain I had ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament in my knee and referred me for a scan which I had earlier this month. I am currently waiting for the results to come through and to tell me exactly what I have done.
However in the five months since I injured my knee, with the exception of the first two or three weeks, I have had no pain or discomfort whatsoever. It has felt completely stable and for about a month in May I was playing competitive 5-a-side football with no problems, and for the last three months I have been regularly jogging 5 miles a few times a week, without any problems.
I have insurance sorted and am all ready to go travelling, basically on the premise that when I get back I can then if necessary have any treatment on my knee.
Do you think I am taking a risk? I’m thinking that as long as I am sensible and don’t go bungee jumping, etc whilst I am away then everything should be fine.
Anyone been in a similar situation?
I would talk to your doctor about it and see what advice he/she gives. Backpacking can be very tough at times and we have ended up walking for 5kms with our 15kg (plus our 7 kg day sacks) backpacks on...these times have been killers on our legs, so with a knee injury like you have been diagnosed with, it may just be too much.
Exploring new places means you walk around a lot, some days we've estimated we have walked about 15km...this sort of activity after walking the previous day with a backpack for 5 kms, again, could be really damaging for your knee. I know we have been knackered after this sort of activity with healthy knees!
Eventhough you have insurance organised - as this is a pre-existing condition, it may not be covered in your policy so if anything went wrong you would have to pay for the treatment abroad yourself.
This sort of trip is definitely something you should enjoy and not be worrying about an injury or missing out on sights because the knee is giving you trouble.
Definitely talk to your doctor, they will be able to advise what's best!
Like loubylou says - chat to the quack.
To give you a little bitta encouragement though, 3 years ago, I travelled around Eastern Europe for 4 months with cancer. I'm still here.
Thank you both for your replies.
To be honest I’ve booked my ticket, got visas sorted, handed in my notice, so I’m going!
At the moment the knee injury hasn’t been confirmed, I am awaiting the results of the scan. But I should say I haven’t taken this decision without giving it a lot of thought!
I’ve research and spoken to people who have had similar injuries and basically found out that you can live your whole life with the injury I possibly have, as long as the other muscles in your knee are strong enough.
Also I’m going to a physio to do some exercises to strengthen my knee, and have spoken to my insurers about it, and they have told me they will cover me although I will have to pay an additional premium. So once I know either way I have to tell them.
Also I ran 15km on Sunday, with absolutely know problems whatsoever, and to be honest it felt like I could have gone and done exactly the same again straight after. I then followed this up with 8km runs Monday and yesterday, again no problems.
If at any point in the past few months I had had any problems from my knee, ie it had been giving way or unstable, etc, etc then I would have cancelled everything. But it has been fine, so I am going for it!
It is just this trip is something I have had planned for ages and been looking forward to for a long time, so I am determined to go!
PS – Redpaddy, I am glad to hear you are still with us!
I went travelling 2 years ago, backpacking etc, and I had partially torn my medial ligament and ruptured my anterior cruciate, also while playing football. Typical aint it! I had scans and physio etc for around 4-5 months before travelling, and I can report back that I was fine. If anything the extra exercise on my knee helped my recovery.
I do agree that you should speak to the quack for some extra info and peace of mind.
Good luck with your travels
Thanks Taylor, that does make me feel better, but as you say I shall still chat it through with the specialist when I see him in the next couple of weeks.
Typical, 20 years I've been playing football and in all that time I've never had to miss one game through injury, then I do this months before going round the world!
defintely sounds like youve only partially torn the ACL..
and no cartiledge damage either (no pain/swelling).. so you are good to go
hell if youre playing sport & running on it, you can do anything!
keep your hamstring strong..
I did my MCL/ACL/meniscus 3 months ago while travelling.. Fun times.