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Offline scraggy

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damaged knee
« on: August 21, 2011, 06:13:30 PM »
About 3years ago I had a bad fall and injured the ligament in my knee. I had physiotherapy on it to no avail. I can barely walk now and am on crutches permanently and because of that am overweight. What treatment can I have to make my knee better? ???

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Re: damaged knee
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011, 06:54:33 PM »
3 years on crutches is not a good situation, in addition to the weight concerns, you will have muscle atrophy and even possibly bone density loss.  I assume that since the physio you have been back to the doctor and demanded a specialist opinion and some scans??

What country are you in - if in the UK, you should be seeing your GP and asking for an MRI to assess the damage and getting referral to an orthopaedic surgeon.  What treatment you need will very much depend on what is wrong!  Can you walk on the knee at all?  I expect the muscle wasting will be a big contributor to your inability to walk.

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Re: damaged knee
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2011, 11:16:14 PM »
I can walk on it with the use of crutches but not far , I can only in very short distances. I was told by my  doctor that I have damaged the ligament and that it may need surgery but that cant be done until I lose weight. I in to aqua fit when I can.   :-\

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Re: damaged knee
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 12:38:17 PM »
Are you in the UK? Your GP can help with weight loss through the GP referral scheme which should get you to a trainer who understands your limitations.

Losing weight is tough when you can't walk but not impossible. Can you use an exercise bike? They are great for starting to shed some pounds and will build some muscle in the legs. If you can access a gym ask for an instructor to show you how and assess if you can get on and off safely. Aqua fit is a good one, but outside of classes you could do aqua walking, exercises with floats and those noddle things you use, even just moving about in the water is a good start.

Look at your diet too. If you are going through the GP referral scheme then they can also access nutritional support. Cut down your fat intakes, especially saturated stuff. Do the stuff we all know we should do - lots of fresh vegetables, avoid processed foods if you can, try and cut down on carbs at night if you're not being very active, if you are eating carbs try and get the lower GI ones lilke brown rice or oat cakes rather than white bread and potatoes. Plenty of lean protein like chicken, turkey, fish. Stop snacking - or snack on carrot sticks, fruit like apples or berries (grapes are VERY sugary!), cucumber, rice cakes....Keep a food diary and be honest. If you feel you'd benefit from sharing your experiences join a diet club as they can really help with motivation. My friend is almost wheelchair bound with neck, back and knee degeneration but she has lost 2 stone with Weight Watchers. Its tough but doable.

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