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Offline AbbyC

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Dislocated Knee Questions
« on: April 19, 2005, 09:49:57 AM »
Hi I'm new!

I dislocated my knee falling off a horse last Tuesday evening (landed on my feet and twisted popping joint out) My knee luckily relocated when I fell to the floor.

I visited local A+E dept who xrayed knee and said pain/results were consistent with dislocation, put on a neoprene brace thing with a gap for the patella, told me to keep it on and rest/elevate leg/use crutches and to return on the Friday morning (3 days later) oh and to take paracetamol for the pain and ibuprofen for swelling.

Went back on friday and seen again at A+E, guy palplated knee joint and said I had only done cartilage damage (painful when palpated on inside of joint) and to gradually use the leg more and to do passive exercises of bending joint and full leg raises. He said to keep the brace on for 10-14 days and to return to my GP if painful and they would refer to physio

My leg is not black and blue (bruising runs around patella from mid hight inside to underneath and then 3/4 way down the shin bone.

Lots of questions really:

Are there any alternative therapies that will help healing?

Would taking something like Cortaflex help (helps with general age related stiffness in the horse  ;) ) ?

How often should I be doing these exercises?

When I do the flex exercise should it feel like it's about to 'pop out' after approx 55 degrees flexion?

How long till it feels normal?

When can I drive?

Most importantly - when can I ride my horse?

The joint is not painful altthough still swollen, I can take a few steps without the brace now without it feeling 'wobbly' should I be doing this?



Lots of questions - sorry  ::)

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Re: Dislocated Knee Questions
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2005, 12:56:26 PM »
Hi AbbyC

I'm so sorry that you are going through this. It would be your knee cap that dislocated, from what you said one Doctor thought it had dislocated and another thought it was cartilage damage, this would confuss me has it you??? It would be better for you to know for sure, but maybe they just can't tell for sure.

When I have a dislocation my leg is never black and blue, very very swollen and very very tendon to touch. Your bruising sounds smiliar to a dislocation injury.

I think that it would be best to see a physio anyway what ever happened when you fell from your horse. Do fall leg raises isn't something that I would do in the first few weeks, there are lots of excerises that are not so stressfull on the patellar. (knee cap)

Alternative Healing - I've used Arnica from Bruising, try and see if it helps!

I'm not sure on Cortaflex!!

You should get a list of excerises from your physio (push your Doctor to get you one ASAP) I'm still shocked that they would let you leave without having physio booked!!!

This popping that you descirbe, I don't think that anything should feel like it about to pop out!! The excerises you are doing, if you feel at all uncomfortable stop!!! i don't mean just stop if theres some pain, unfortunatly as the old saying goes, no pain no gain!!!


I'm not too sure when you will feel better, my dislocations are cause from not having a groove and although my knee caps have  dislocated from all sorts of things trauma and non-traumatic incidents, at first they would take about 3/4 week to feel back to normal.

Horse riding - well best not to over do the things, because if you rush now, it can take longer for the healing process.

If you are able to take a few steps then I would think that would be fine, it helps when you can do things for yourself, little things like getting yourself a drink when your thirsty is Fab so keep going little by little!

There's lots of people who have great advice on the site so hang on in there doll!!

Take care Emma  ;)
 
Spontaneous dislocations to both kneecaps for 20 years!
Bilateral Arthroscopies - Awaiting Op's Right knee on 23/9/05
Left knee in Jan 06

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Re: Dislocated Knee Questions
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2005, 01:04:27 PM »
Emma

Thanks for that - the doc in A+E (not sure if Ortho or not) seemed to think that as the kneecap dislocated it damaged the cartilage (meniscus?)

Really hoping it will only be a couple of weeks, it's not painful at all really now unless I stand on something uneven by mistake and it pulls it - doesn't remain painful

May have a word with a local physio to see what they suggest - I imagine if I try for NHS one I will be mended before I get an appointment

The guy in A+E just seemed a bit casula over exercises and the sheet they gave me about knee injury was bleedin useless!

Thanks
Abby

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Re: Dislocated Knee Questions
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2005, 01:41:18 PM »
Hi abby

Yep I agree total, You be completely mended if you wait for NHS!!!

If you can afford to go to a private physio, do go!!!!! ASAP!

I'm glad that its not painful at the mo, just watch those uneven surface's, they have been hell for me all these years!!!

Well keep your chin up and that knee well iced and elevated!!!!

Emma x
Spontaneous dislocations to both kneecaps for 20 years!
Bilateral Arthroscopies - Awaiting Op's Right knee on 23/9/05
Left knee in Jan 06

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Re: Dislocated Knee Questions
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2005, 03:08:27 PM »
You sound to be doing well if you can take a few steps.

I did something similar on 19th March this year. I landed badly, dislocated the knee and tore my ACL. I wish I had been told to do bending, as it was around 12 days before i got good advice. That about-to-pop-out feeling is very similar to mine. LIke you're flipping a flip top lid off your knee. That feeling was exactly at 55 degrees flexion too. All the pain was concentrated at one point on the inside of my knee and it just felt like it wasn't supposed to bend. BUT... after physio exercises for 1.5 weeks I am now just past 90, and the knee didn't pop out, it just needed mobilising.

I reckon you should see how you go for a while, but get some physio advice and get an appt with a knee specialist. Any knee damage needs treating properly to avoid problems later
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35 y/o
ACL rupture
loose body under kneecap
impaction fractures
injury 19th march 2005
scope 9th may
recon 24th october 05

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Re: Dislocated Knee Questions
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2005, 03:15:42 PM »
Brilliant, thanks for your help. Am just about to ring a guy I work with who knows a sports physio with a good reputation.

Anyone any idea of how much it will cost?

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Re: Dislocated Knee Questions
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2005, 03:19:54 PM »
My Pysio cost 30 to 40 an hour! If their good they are worth every penny!!!

Em x
Spontaneous dislocations to both kneecaps for 20 years!
Bilateral Arthroscopies - Awaiting Op's Right knee on 23/9/05
Left knee in Jan 06