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Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

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Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

Hello,

I'm going on holidays to Hong Kong in 2 weeks, but I got injured in the knee 2 days ago.

The doctor (without the magnetic resonance yet) suspect of Medial collateral ligament (MCL).

I'm recovering well and I don't feel too much pain know. But I still can't walk and I just can limp.

Does anyone have something similar and could recover in 2 weeks for at least walk through the city and sightseeing ? I want to go to Macau either.

Do you think it's doable ?

Regards,

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1. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

Be aware that HK is not very disability-friendly (partly due to its topography & partly lack of planning). Footpaths are crowded & HK Island is quite hilly. I went once with a broken ankle, (specifically to see an orthopaedic specialist), but found it incredibly difficult to get around. In one building after struggling with escalators I managed to find a "disabled lift" but it left me on a part-level, 10 steps above the ground!!

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RE: "The doctor (without the magnetic resonance yet) suspect of Medial collateral ligament (MCL)."

Suspect of what? Torn MCL? How did you get injured? Car accident? Fell down while running? Ball game?

I tore my right-knee ACL and partial MCL many years ago from a skiing fall. My body turned but the right ski did not. Pop pop. Ligaments torn. The knee was swollen in a couple of hours. The pain came many hours later. I got some temporary knee brace for a week while I waited for the ACL/MCL reconstruction surgery. I could walk around with 2 crutches but with pain. Could not bend my (right) knee.

So I think if you go to Hong Kong / Macau, you probably want to get a temporary knee-brace and 2 crutches. It will be a bit inconvenient, but if you are determine to go as planned and don't want to postpone the trip. Hong Kong is not particularly pedestrian friendly. For example, just to cross a busy street, you may need to walk 1 to 2 extra blocks for surface crossing. Or walk up/down stairs to use pedestrian walkpaths. The newer designs have escalators, or even elevators. But the ironic thing is: you need to walk extra distance to use those elevators. In any case it is not helping you. May be use taxi for some short distance-bridging. Taxi is inexpensive in Hong Kong. Flagdrop, first 2km, HKD $24.

Macau is a little worse. In the old district, streets are uneven. And many cobblestone walkpaths or streets. Even with crutches you need to exercise great caution.

In minor ligament torn cases, they may heal over time. But for major torn (like mine), must have surgery intervention. Or else my walking will not be stable. Consult your doctor. Basically my orthopaedic surgeon did an arthroscopic surgery on me, pulled a tendon from my body, use 2 titanium screws to bolt the tendon to my bones to use it in place of the completely-torn ACL. For the partially-torn MCL, he said just let it grow back naturally, so nothing was done.

After the surgery, I wore a special medical sport knee-brace [custom fit] for over 6 months before I felt I didn't need it any more.

Epilogue, 20 years since. I would say I am over 90% recovered from the knee injury. I can run, swim, ski as normal. 1-inch scar on the right knee, almost not recognizable. It is pretty dang good. But there are times that when I walk, I can feel a little wobbly on the right leg. So things are not the same as before, but manageable.

Edited: 24 September 2017, 23:46
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3. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

Hi Happy Feet, doctor suspects of Torn MCL and it was in a football game.

I had a torn ACL almost 2 years ago and I couldnt walk properly for 4 weeks. But in this case I feel lot better after 2 days than at that time. It doesnt hurt too much now. Since I will be walking a lot but still resting in coffee shops etc... Do you think it's still too risky ?

Greets,

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4. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

When I had my ACL/MCL torn, I tried do to minimum walking for that 1 week while I waited for my surgery. Every time I walked, I reckoned that I may tear my ligaments even more. While I still went on the rest of my vacation, I would sit on benches while my family/nephews/nieces go browse the shopping mall, watching them play in parks instead of playing with them.

Touring in Hong Kong requires a lot of walking. There is no way to get around it, even if you taxi everywhere. It is just a big city and needs a lot of walking to go where you want to go. Thus I think if you can postpone your trip, you may be better off in the long run.

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5. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

HK does require quite a bit of walking. Worse, sidewalks are relatively narrow and very crowded which could add more pressure to your injury. Accessibility overall can still be improved. It's best to postpone your trip if possible. Did you buy travel insurance? Maybe you can claim something.

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6. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is indeed a walking city. Especially on the Hong Kong Island side you will encounter many steep streets - often that means steps. Lots of steps. Getting on and off footbridges, down to the MTR platform, etc.

Indeed if anyhow possible postpone. Do ask your doctor for advice on what to do - and if going ahead, how to lessen the stress on your knee (which starts during your long, cramped flight here - lack of movement can also be really bad for certain injuries).

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7. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

better to consult the doctor who will recommend whether u are suitable to travel or not

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8. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

I don't want to offend anyone here on the forum, but we are at the most good willing amateurs at the most as far as medical knowledge is concerned.

And in case there is a medical expert, he/she would say I will not give you any advice without knowing details. So ask your doctor.

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9. Re: Injured in the knee 2 weeks before trip to Hong Kong

BePu: I think you are jumping the gun unnecessarily.

The OP asked "Does anyone have something similar ". For me, I shared my experience of my ACL torn injury. If you read the responses, every post, including mine, was advising the OP to postpone his trip. And a few posts, including mine, suggested the OP to consult his doctor.

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