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*sigh* I don't think I'll ever get out of this IROM brace...
« on: February 04, 2005, 05:56:51 PM »
Alright guys, I went to the doc today and didn't really receive the news I was hoping for, but I'll take what I can get I guess.

Doc wants me to continue wearing the IROM brace for at least another 6 weeks, THEN he'll consider putting me in a smaller brace for support and such. He also wants me wearing it around the house again; previously he had let me take it off a bit while around the house but now wants it on my leg at all times, even sleeping. And when I'm not at home, he wants the brace locked at zero degrees. Otherwise, I can open it up to 90 degrees and no more. Ugh, it's nearly 6 months since the patellar tendon reconstruction, 4 months that I've been in the brace...I feel like they should just fuse the brace to my leg permanently!! I've already gone through two of them, my PT thinks I'm going to need a third brace because THIS one is starting to fall apart too! How crazy is that?!

He was impressed with my ROM but is very worried about strength. He says I definitely have a LOOOONG road ahead of me, lots and lots of PT and such. I might as well move into the PT facility, eh? He also called my PT over to talk with her about my extreme weakness (I can hardly do a SLR, short arc leg raise...forget about full arc leg raises!), they are putting together a new program for me so hopefully I'll be able to finally get some strength back.

Another concern is my walking...I basically have to re-learn to walk. While I'm not allowed to walk on the tredmill at a steady speed, my PT has me on it at the slowest speed possible (something like .3 or .5) trying to get me to walk decently. I have a very bad limp and my gait is awful -- I basically walk with my hip, not my leg (swinging my leg out to the side, not bending the knee as I take steps). The heel-toe idea has completely vanished from my mind, it's so crazy how such a simple concept is virtually impossible to achieve again. So frustrating!

Other than that, I have to talk to my PM doc again, and then we'll see how things go. I was really hoping to get out of the brace, but oh well.

So that's my update. I guess I have some good, some bad news. Like I mentioned earlier though, I'll take what I can get. *sigh* At least I can even lift my leg at all...6 months ago I couldn't do that because I had a completely ruptured tendon!

BTW -- it's the two year anniversary of when I first hurt my knee...time flies, eh? YEAH...right...

Best wishes,
Patricia  :-\

PS~ Thanks for the birthday wishes to everyone who sent them to me. Put a smile on my face!! :)
R knee:
08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture


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Re: *sigh* I don't think I'll ever get out of this IROM brace...
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2005, 07:19:20 PM »

You did not get the news that you wanted, but it was not all bad.  I know you would love to throw your brace away, but that day will happen.
Your PT is changing things around and hopefully they will come up with a program that will help you get those legs strengthened. 
It does sound like you have a support team behind you with your OS and PT and that is good.
Don't be discouraged, look at how far you have progressed. 

« Last Edit: February 04, 2005, 07:21:04 PM by Shadehawk »

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Re: *sigh* I don't think I'll ever get out of this IROM brace...
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2005, 07:34:38 PM »
Hey PAtricia, sorry you are stuck in that brace a little while longer, hopefully this last litle while in it will make a big difference in the recovery. Do something to pamper yourself.
HUgs and lot's of luck
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Re: *sigh* I don't think I'll ever get out of this IROM brace...
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2005, 11:23:52 AM »
Hey Patricia !!

I'm sorry that your knee still is in JAIL !! You didn't get that permission you wanted.
Hang in there, you are at least closer for every day which goes to get out of it.
I hope that your new pt-programme will help you getting the right muscles and strenght you need to get out of JAIL !!
Hugs to you from me, another brace-specialist !!

Nettan  ::)
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.