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Old 05-29-2015, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tore my MCL, joint guards/knee pads?

Got bunch of college buddies to come down and play some rental paintball. It was a tiny field, very open where there are barely any cover to start with. I ran like a mad man and grabbed the flag and did a baseball slide into homebase and scored. During the slide, I somehow twisted my left knee and tore my MCL and continued playing for next three hours and rode my bicycle back to my dorm. Next morning I couldn't walk at all, and went to hospital.

For those who tore their MCL, any other ligaments, or knee injury perhaps. Do you wear kneepads or joint guards? I never wore one, and wonder if wearing an one would reduce the risk of something like this happening again. I would think mountain biking joint guards would be good for paintball since it gives more support and adequate padding around the knees. Any thoughts on that? Any advice of all sorts are welcomed!
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't say if it prevents future injury or not but I've worn a neoprene Ace wrap around my knee when I play ever since I had it scoped about ten years ago. If anything, the added support helps keep the pain at bay - especially if I pre-medicate with some Advil.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would get that fixed ASAP. I tore my ACL when I was 21. I didn't get it fixed for 2 years or so. Got it fixed... tore it again... got it fixed again. Anyway, I'm 38 now and have arthritis in my knee and am getting injections ever 6mos.

How much knee braces help seems to be debatable. I've got a really expensive custom brace and a cheaper off-the-shelf. The custom made one is really supportive, but is pretty bulky. It would make kneeling pretty difficult. The off the shelf is pretty comfortable, but not nearly as supportive. It will still dig in by the end of the day. The hinged ones are what you should be looking at here: Knee Braces & Knee Support

You really should go to an orthopedic specialist/surgeon to get their opinion. Do yourself a favor and get it fixed now so that you don't have problems with it later.
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You really should go to an orthopedic specialist/surgeon to get their opinion. Do yourself a favor and get it fixed now so that you don't have problems with it later.
I couldn't agree more. The surgery and recovery will suck if you need it but it sure beats the alternative.
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Knee pads are very dependent on preference and fit. Some people like expensive ones, others like cheap durable ones.

I've tried a bunch, including the full shin Kali guards. My favs by far are the most recent Dye knee pads.
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have some older proto knee pads. Always preferred to wear the safety gear after my very first outing. Invested for the sake of the future. I have bad knees because I'm overweight/other small injuries but no acl/mcl or other major problems.

And to take a line from Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series, "a man's got to know his limitations." If for some reason I have to think twice about a movement, I won't attempt it. Most of my more aggressive moves like slides only occur on turf because I know I can manage it with minimal self injury.
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Went to specialist and they gave me a knee bracket with hinges, felt so much better with those instead the ones I got in ER. Thank you all for advices, I definitely will look into knee pads when Im able to play paintball.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Most MCL tears will heal without surgery if you take it easy. Did you get an MRI?
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Really good alternative to knee braces is kinesiology tape aka KT tape, the problem stuff has really good adhesion and allows full range of motion while still providing excellent support.
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