So, the long and the short of it is: I dislocated my patella December of 2011 (4+ months ago). It was my second dislocation, the first was more than ten years prior. I was taken to the ER where it was put back in place. I wore an immobilizer for 3 weeks, then started physical therapy. It became clear about a month in that I wasn't recovering on schedule. My VMO is weak, like so weak it can't support my body weight. It can take no weight bent. I can't extend the leg fully. The knee constantly buckles when I walk despite doing pt twice a week this whole time. It won't regain strength. So, the doctor ordered an MRI of the knee to see if the VMO was torn. It's not, everything looks normal. Then he ordered an EMG, nerve conduction study. Again, everything is fine. Then an MRI of the lumbar spine was done, and again everything was fine. I've seen an integrative medicine specialist who recommended acupuncture. I tried a few treatments, but noticed no difference. Then the ortho referred me to a neurologist who now wants to repeat the nerve study with a different practitioner and do another MRI, this time of my thigh to see if anything is awry there.
There is still swelling of the knee and it's actually getting weaker, despite the pt, so my ortho put me back in the immobilizer.
Oh, also, I switched orthopaedists between the knee mri and the lumbar spine mri, beause i wanted a second opinion. both are highly trained and are listed as top orthopaedic surgeons in the region.
As you can see, I've tried lots and lots of things but no one seems to know what is going on. I am frustrated. I'm 28 and can't run or jump and am having a hard time keeping optimistic. I live in a big city where walking to get around is a very large part of life. I know I should be grateful that I'm up and able to walk as well as I can, but I'd really love to figure out what is going on and regain full function of my leg.
Is there something I'm overlooking or not thinking of? Anything you could offer would be really appreciated.