1. Is it possible to get rid of scar tissue and prevent it reforming by keeping the knee moving constantly throughout its full range non stop - by doing full extension and full flexion exercises on a non stop basis? ex/ every 15 mins, 24/72. If this is possible, then how do you do this at night without a CPM machine (which doesn't go to full ROM anyway)?3. Is this the correct non surgical approach to scar tissue?
thanks for the replies. I would still really appreciate it if anyone is able to answer my 3 questions which are as follows. Thanks:-1. Is it possible to get rid of scar tissue and prevent it reforming by keeping the knee moving constantly throughout its full range non stop - by doing full extension and full flexion exercises on a non stop basis? ex/ every 15 mins, 24/72. If this is possible, then how do you do this at night without a CPM machine (which doesn't go to full ROM anyway)?3. Is this the correct non surgical approach to scar tissue?Unfortuneately, I'm told by my OS that I do have a scar tissue problem. It's only because I have a good ROM overall that he does not consider it serious. The problem for me is that I have had absolutely zero change in 4 months. I would be less concerned if there was any progress at all. I break up the scar tissue on a DAILY basis only for it to reform every single night. I'm looking for a way to get out of this cycle. I can achieve my full ROM but that is of little use if I can't maintain it. Once I have warmed up to full ROM I can feel the scar tissue clunking, grinding in the joint. My OS has confirmed that this is what is occuring. This is preventing me from doing the rest of the rehab. My OS agrees in this respect. He says I need to get rid of this problem before I can work on the rest of the recovery. He simply said I need to work with my physio on this. The problem is I can't find a physio who has any good ideas on this. I've read some excellent posts on this site regarding what exercises work best for ROM and scar tissue. My theory is that I may need to do these exercises 24/7 and I want to know if anyone thinks that approach is likely to be succesful or otherwise. Thanks a lot for any answers.alex mac
I had nearly the EXACT type of reaction all the way through the first 6 months. I felt like I always had to warm up to get full flexion. This WILL pass. Want to know what really seems to help if you can handle it is stationary bike with no weights. Just keep the knee loose also try some of the glucosamine chondroiten supplements. I feel this keeps my joint pretty flexible as I've had no flexion problems (outside of occasionaly swelling bouts throughout my recovery). You might also have an IT band that is tightening up on you. Try to roll it out with a foam roller in the morning when you wake up and then again in the afternoon if you can. It's too soon to say if you have a scar tissue problemI am 13 months out now and at 11 months, I had a major scar tissue break up on my lateral side of my leg. I have heard of people having scar tissue break up at a year out, so it is still early for you. I know it's scary when you're going through it, but looking back I would never have stressed over the flexion, it mostly always comes back within the year, just give it time.You have 2 opinions, both say no operation, so just give it time. i'd wait out the year and then see how you feel! I bet you are going to be just fine. All the BEST and try not to worry.
can anyone explain to me wat those words in bold means? wats the IT band? wat foam roller?thanks a million