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Offline clairec

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bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« on: June 02, 2005, 12:14:17 AM »
Hi - can anyone help? I dislocated my kneecap pretty badly 4 months ago and don't know how long to expect (full?) recovery to take? (My kneecap was locked out of place for about 2 hrs, my leg was forcibly straightened (by the paramedics) and I also tore a ligament) :(

I have had physio and seen a specialist - they have both discharged me and told me to keep doing exercises, but I am in a lot of pain (about 8/10!!) when I do these and still can't fully extend or bend my leg. I get really a sharp, severe pain under my kneecap when I try and extend it etc and it can't take any tension or strain. I also have very weak muscles and an unstable knee (due to the brace I was put in after my accident) and can't run or climb/ descend stairs properly - how long should I expect recovery to take? ...Am i just being impatient??

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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005, 01:48:39 AM »

Did i understand correctly, 4 months and you are still having the problems you discribe and have been discharged by the OS and PT?  I can't believe that you would be discharged not being able to fully extend or flex your knee.  Ask for another appointment or maybe get your records and go for a second or third opinion.  You should not be left to your own devices if you are having all those problems.

Let us know how you're doing.

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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2005, 01:37:11 AM »
Sorry - should have been a bit clearer!! On a 'good day' I can actually extend it fully when sitting, but normally with a lot of pain and my hand supporting the kneecap! (I don't tend to do it that much though as the pain of bending it back again is just as bad!) - I still haven't got full bend yet but am hoping this might be muscular? I'll let you know how things go! :)  (Thanks for the hugs!!)

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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005, 01:44:15 AM »
Recovering is different for everyone. Some people in a couple months, others never completely recover. If you PT discharged you from PT though, thats a good sign! Keppy doing your excersises mistake I made is when I was discharged that I stopped doing them and caused another dislocation. Goodluck!
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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2005, 03:44:33 PM »
Just to share.  My left knee cap dislocated when I was 16 years old.  I was taken to our local hospital by paramedics, x-rayed, given a shot of Demerol and sent on to a bigger hospital for ortho evaluation.  I arrived at their ER and was examined.  The ortho reduced the subluxation and put me in a brace.  I was completely unable to bend my leg in the brace and was not to take it off except for bathing.  They did no other tests to see if there was any ligament or tendon damage.  I wore that brace for two weeks and returned for a follow-up.  I was expected to be in the brace for 4 weeks, but at my followup, he felt I was doing so well that he put me in a different brace with a patella support that cupped around the lateral side of my knee cap.  I was in this brace for two weeks as well and it would allow me to bend my leg.  They never sent me to one bit of therapy.  They just told me to come back in 2-3 years and they would do surgery on me.

I realize that they found other issues in your injury with the ligament/tendon damage, but this strikes me as just not being right.  My patella was sitting on the lateral portion of my leg for a good 3 hours before being reduced.  I was without a brace in 4 weeks.

I would seek a second opinion and see if something further cannot be done.  This just seems abnormal.

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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2005, 04:45:22 PM »
Goe get both second and thrid opinion on this. It sounds very strange to say you are doing ok. Get it checked out now so you don't get further damages. Meanwhile keep your excersises up as much as possible.
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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2005, 07:16:08 PM »

I agree that you need another opinion.  Here is an article that I hope will explain things to you.

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Good luck and let us know what happens.


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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2005, 10:53:00 PM »
I injured my knee on 19th March this year. I felt I had dislocated the knee but by the time the paramedics got there it had gone back. I tore the ACL and broke a bit off the back of the kneecap. The OS thought I would be fine for an ACL recon in 6 weeks whereas , here I am loads of weeks later having had a scope to remove the 'bit' and debride the back of the kneecap, and still in PT 1.5 hours a week formally and 3 times a day at home. They tell me that full ROM is essential to correct gait and knee function. I know my injuries are different to yours but I would not accept that you are 'finished' treatment. The pain you describe is quite similar to mine, with the pain being immense if I try to straighten the leg against resistance. My knee is still swollen and I'm still working on extension, flexion, strength and gait. My recon will be sometime in the future.

I think you should see your OS again or get a second opinion. You have been discharged BEFORE you have acceptable function in the knee. How long will this be for??

You need some answers as living with a duff knee is just NOT FUNNY.

Hope u feel better soon
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Re: bad kneecap dislocation - how long till knee recovers?
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2005, 01:28:28 PM »

I just want to reiterate what everyone else here has said, I also had a very bad dislocation where I tore the ACL and sprained everything else, it took me a good six months or more to completely heal and I was in PT for roughly 7 months.  It can take a long time to heal but you should not have been discharged until you are well on the way to being back on your feet and should still have a follow up appointment a few months after that.  I would definitely try to get another appointment and get a second/third opinion.  Good luck.

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