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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Knee Update


For those of you who have been following along with the saga, here is an update on the knee I injured back on April 1st. It has now been seven months, and while it no longer looks like this:


 From missing a step while coming down these:


It also hadn't improved as much as my physical therapist would have liked after three months of rest and more than three months of PT. I've mostly stopped limping, but the knee still doesn't bend very far, and it is still sore. (The not bending knee means I can't do most forms of exercise, which is a pain in other ways.)

So I finally broke down and went to the orthopedic specialists, saw a lovely PA named Brinn (who happens to be married to one of the vets at the practice I take the cats to, which made me feel strangely at home). She said I probably had torn the meniscus, and would have to have surgery, and sent me for an MRI.

I went back today expecting to be given a surgery date (which on the down side, would have been expensive and tough to manage during the busy season at the shop, but on the up side, would presumably have fixed the problem, with some additional PT).

But, SURPRISE. No surgery. No tear, actually. (SEE, I was right all along. There you go.) But, and this is the big butt (no smartass comments, since I actually have a big butt after 7 months of no exercise, dammit)...the issue is apparently a bone contusion. Plus arthritis, but since that no doubt existed before I threw myself down the stairs, probably isn't really the problem here.

So the good news is, no surgery. (Yay) But the bad news is that even after 7 months, the bone contusion is taking a very long time to heal, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. (Boo.) No quick fixes. I had a steroid shot, in the hope that it will take down the inflammation enough so that I can make more progress with the PT exercises (I've actually gone backwards in the last couple of months, although no one is really sure way). And other than that, all that I can do is keep working at it and be patient.

12 comments:

  1. If only we could get an injection of patience too!

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    1. Any idea where I could get one of those? I'd pay double!

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  2. I had the same problem with bending my knee after hyper-extending it. Went through PT and had surgery but nothing worked. I then went in to the chiropractor for my back and he worked on my knee and within a month I had most of the extension back and was finally walking without crutches or a cane. It might be something to think about.

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    1. My chiropractor, acupuncturist, and Reiki healer have been working on it all along, bless them.I suspect that's all that has gotten me this far. Plus my hard work at PT of course.

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  3. I fell in my daughters basement 3 years ago and badly injured my knee. I waited months before I went to the doctor but finally made an appointment. I tore my meniscus plus arthritis. I had surgery and they had to remove the meniscus because it was tattered and it then took about a year to be able to kneel (still hurts on hard surfaces or length of time) and go up and down steps using two legs. So I can appreciate your frustration.

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    1. YIkes! You poor thing. You have my sympathy. Mine doesn't do kneeling either, and hard surfaces or lots of walking definitely bother it--walking up and down inclines especially. I hope yours continues to heal. xxx

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  4. See if the ortho doc will give you the Gel One injection in the knee. The arthritis has worn down the meniscus so you need more cushion. It is chicken comb cartilage. Both my knees are bad, one with a torn miniscus that they won't fix because of all the arthritis in it. I have to have replacement surgery, instead on that one. The injection in my other knee has left it pretty much pain free.

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    1. I'm probably years away from needing that, thankfully. Despite the arthritis, the knee didn't hurt until I had my accident, and the worn cartilage probably isn't adding to the pain now. I hope yours get better!

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  5. Poor baby! I'm sending very strong and demanding healing vibes toward your knee. Hopefully it will obey better than my dog.

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    1. Er...how low is the bar set here? Does your dog ever obey?

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  6. I hope the PT gods shower you with magic healing dust. Sending sympathetic "poor babies" your way.

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  7. I feel for you! Arthritis is a pain! Yes, continue to do your rehab exercises for improvement. Hopefully, you'll see some good results.

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