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Offline Michelle.2

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Pain/discomfort after lateral release
« on: September 06, 2005, 12:21:26 AM »
I had a lateral release and anthroscopy in April 2005 to improve a patella tracking problem with my right knee. Since the surgery my knee is worse! I have only just returned to work after 9 weeks off. The pain in my knee is far worse than before the operation, and the rehab is such a slow process. Every time I exercise, walk upstairs or slopes it is so painful and my knee swells. Muscles in thigh have turned to jelly!! No matter what I do, I can't seem to strengthen my leg, especially the quads. My physio has started taping the knee to help build up the muscles, reduce pain and swelling when exercising. This has helped reduce the swelling slightly, but not the pain. My consultant tells me this week that the problem is that it's back out of line again, and to wear a knee support to keep the patella in place for 3 months. If this fails I need to consider further surgery. Does recovery usually take this long? Has anyone had the same problem with re-hab? Am I doing something wrong? Is there anything I can do that would help build the muscles up in my thigh? I just wish I had never agreed to surgery. Please help? Michelle   :'(

Offline Crackers71

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Re: Pain/discomfort after lateral release
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005, 02:34:35 PM »
Hey Michelle.  I've had the same operation although it was after a distal femoral osteotomy to realign the bottom half of the leg.  My patella did flop around and ocassioanlly move out of place, but only temporary.  I found walking in water was great for muscle development again and graduated to weights on the ankle to increase the strength over time.  Took around 6 months but the muscle problem improved.  Operation was 4 years ago.  A knee brace did help but I found if I kept it on for extended periods the muscles became lazy and no amount of poolwork helped.  Stick it out and keep the chin up and am sure it will turn out for the best.

My next battle so i was told yesterday that I have to prepare for a total knee replacement.  My age 34 !!  Dont fret about you having to have this done as I had underlying issues and the realignment and lateral release was only to buy me time before I had to take this step.

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Re: Pain/discomfort after lateral release
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2005, 05:01:27 AM »
i had pt for my tracking problem. taping helped for awhile but it kept hurting.  i finaly had to get the surgery.  but pt didn't really help me either.

Offline Michelle.2

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Re: Pain/discomfort after lateral release
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2005, 11:42:43 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I'm sorry to hear you had to have further surgery, has it been a success? I agree that the leg definitely feels weaker with the knee support. I've actually stopped wearing it, as I think it's making it worse. I still continue with the tape and ice, which sometimes helps. I've noticed a few people have praised the Breg PTO knee brace. I would try anything if it helps, but does this make the knee weaker too? Can anyone suggest any good re-hab tips to help build up my vmo which doesn't seem to respond to anything?  Any advice much appreciated.
Michelle  :(