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    While rolling with another student my leg somehow got positioned between us and I very quickly touched my nose with my own foot, pushing my flexibility beyond its limitations and causing my knee to make a popping sound that my mind immediately likened to two or three coconuts falling from a fifty-foot tree onto a slab of concrete. There was no sharp pain, just this kind of "Oh, shit" moment when everyone within ear shot froze. I was able to get up, limp around and put about half my weight on the injured leg without too much of a problem. After about three months I'm able to do any and everything I could before with the exception of bending that joint in the same direction it was injured. The butterfly stretch and sitting seiza for extended periods of time irritate the joint and any sort of Rubber Guard is completely out of the question. People say it was probably cartilage, a tendon or a ligament. Either way I don't have the coin to throw at a doctor.

    So here I am with an old man knee at 23.

    Anyone else have any woes to share?

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    My worst injury is actually my Achilles. It's a climbing injury I did while climbing in Yosemite. I partially tore it, never bothered to see a doctor, and now it constantly bothers me. I ravaged the tendon in my right big toe by trying a board break that I could not do. Just smashed through it with my toe. It won't flex the same. My right wrist has a ganglian cist in it because I tried to break a brick one day at the Sensei's house. Brick did not break. Now there is a permanent swelling there.

    Left hip, actually a Yoga injury. Stretched too far, did not respect the limits. Left knee filled with scar tissue from a skiing accident. Nose broken from crazy gf.
    "We often joke -- and we really wish it were a joke -- that you will only encounter two basic problems with your 'self-defense' training.
    1) That it doesn't work
    2) That it does work"
    -Animal MacYoung

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      #3
      I once slipped on my hakama and fell really hard on my right knee during Kendo. For the next week, I proceeded to fall on the same knee over and over and over again whilst snowboarding (I'm a nub who tries blue runs :x). Now my knee feels a bit weird every time I bend it at a weird angle. Should prolly take an MRI or something.

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        #4
        The bottom line is beg, borrow or steal money to see a doctor. It's probably already too late, but looking back upon my achilles injury, it's really affected my life in ways I never imagined.
        "We often joke -- and we really wish it were a joke -- that you will only encounter two basic problems with your 'self-defense' training.
        1) That it doesn't work
        2) That it does work"
        -Animal MacYoung

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          #5
          Originally posted by crappler View Post
          The bottom line is beg, borrow or steal money to see a doctor. It's probably already too late, but looking back upon my achilles injury, it's really affected my life in ways I never imagined.
          Crappler's right.

          Damage to any joint is a royal pain, but the knee is worst for martial artists of any flavor. If you can get into an orthopedist all the better. generally speaking, specialist don;t cost anymore than a regular doctor and have in depth knowledge that a general practitioner doesn't have. Either way, they may try to get you into an MRI. Useful, but terribly expensive.

          In the meantime, wrap it with an ace bandage. If it swells, use ice. Ibuprofen will help knock down swelling and reduce any inflammation at the site of the injury.

          You'll have to keep it moving, though not under duress- that is, you might want to take a couple weeks off of training and let it heal up to a point where the chance of re injury is reduced. Depending on whats actually going on in there, the doc may sideline you for quite a while. Take it gracefully.

          You don't want to shorten your shelf life just because you wanted to play before your knee was ready!

          Josh

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            #6
            ^^ What they said.

            Also, be very open to your instructors and training partners about any injuries or limitations. And spend a good amount of time stretching before and after class.

            And don't be afraid to scream like a 12 year old girl if, say, your instructor performs a reverse neck crank from the mount and you can't tap quickly enough as you feel your skull separate from the vertebrae. Because I didn't last night and I'm hurting today.

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              #7
              I once went ice skating and fell on the back of my head (head hitting first O_o)
              Im suprised I diddnt get unconcious, I was still able to think clearly, Felt kinda dizzy for a second (no one botherd to help) even though I was saying (some one help me) kinda loud, then my cousin noticed, after a while I rested (stayed waken up) and after I got it checked out, i was very lucky to not have an head damage....except a big bump

              always get your head checked out if you think it was hit hard enough O_o
              this one person died from head trauma but diddnt get it checked out....

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                #8
                I only broken something in my body once and that was my arm,
                I fell of this thing or something....next thing you know my arm wouldnt move much I was like (wtf) I thought it was kinda awsome and weird at the same time.....kinda mad I coldnt use my arm though....lucky it got better, doctor put a cast on it (I think it was the forearm)

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