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Offline vegan4ever

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Broken patella - how long will it take to heal
« on: October 13, 2008, 08:34:45 PM »
I really need some help.  I broke my  right patella at the end of May 2008.  I had surgery on May 30th.  Two screws were put in my knee.  I had an immbolizer on for over 2 months.  I had a PT come to my home for a while and then I finally had the doctor get me into out patient therapy.  I have been trying so hard to really bend my knee.  The doctor gave me some pills for the pain that I had to take during my sessions with the PT.  Well---then last Wednesday I had to go in again and get my knee manipulated this time because the doctor figured there was scar tissue that froze up and that is why I can't seem to bend my knee very well.  Even after the manipulation, I feel like I am starting all over again.  I can't even seem to get it to 90 degrees.  I am a bike rider and a walker and it just kills me and I try so hard.  Anyone have any ideas for me.  I will listen to any.  I just want to be normal again.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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Re: Broken patella - how long will it take to heal
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 09:07:23 PM »
Sorry you had to join us.  Most of the people with patella injuries hang out around The Specialist's office ----> Bone breaks around the knee.  There are plenty of people there who have gone through patella fractures and surgery.  You also might want to check out the articles on arthrofibrosis on the Information Hub - Keynotes and courses
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/753  there's a lot of infomation on scar tissue there.
Sending healing rays your way.
8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS

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Re: Broken patella - how long will it take to heal
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 10:05:55 PM »
hi think i should be joiming you all ??? i have 6 weeks ago been told that i have a split rt patella 3/4 through however i have hot had much medical advice.  all i was told was to find a more easy job on my knee and that i will have trouble on steps banks and kneeling there is also arthiritis in the knee and im only 42 so although they say i need a new knee they wont give me 1 untill about another 10 years. can any one out there tell me what i can expect to happen that would be great