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Offline lyn_rod_grant

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Cannot bend my leg.
« on: October 12, 2011, 01:49:10 AM »
Hi my name is Rodney. I had an accident at work and have now been off for 3 and a half months. I was in a training scenario and was on my side, the full weight of two or three people land on the side of my leg and my knee clicked out and back in. The pain was unbearable. I had an exray- no break. Had an ultra sound show a tear in MCL. The doctor then sent me for a MRI which showed a grade two tear of the MCL, Parcial- thickness tear of the proximal fibres of the ACL, but involving <25% of the fibres. Subcondral fracture in the posterior medial tibial plateau and lastly partially discoid lateral meniscus. I had a leg brace on for a 5 to 6 weeks.
I went to a specialist who said I should be fine to take the brace off and do intence physio on it and I should be back at work in a couple of weeks.
A month or so went by and there was no change, still could only get up to 50 degrees in movement. My doctor sent me to another specialist. This specialist sent me for another MRI and gave my a steriod injection under the knee which numbed the pain a little. The new MRI showed the the tears a well under way to being repaired and there was no fracture.
I went into hospital last week for an exploritary surgery and Manipulation whilst being under. The Specialist said after there is a bit of artheritis there and scaring tissue there. Not enough to explain why I couldn't move. My knee did bend while I was under.
Know a week later and my knee is getting very weak, the pain is still there on the inner side of my leg around where the MCL is.

Ive done Physio from about week two, sometimes up to three times a week. Hydrotherapy now for about 5 weeks.
I'm changing Physio.
Have you got any ideas.

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Re: Cannot bend my leg.
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 04:41:14 PM »
Can you bend your knee at all?  Is the knee able to straighten?

If there is nothing mechanical stopping you from bending your knee then it suggests that you cannot bend because of pain.  In this case, have you seen your GP to discuss this problem and explored the used of pain medication to help you bend the knee?

I am assuming that you are keeping the swelling under control through regular icing and elevation because this can hinder bending.

1/05 Ski accident: 5/05 ACLr LK; 10/06 Scope debridement, trochlear cartilage lesion (Gr4); 12/08 Scope chondroplasty, hematoma; 5 & 6/09 MACI patella & trochlea 'kissing lesions', ROM 0 to 80; 9/09 Scope LOA, IPCS & patella infera; 9/10 Scope AIR & LR.

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Re: Cannot bend my leg.
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 10:49:27 PM »
At the moment I can only get up to 40 degrees at bending and up to I think about 105-115 degrees straightening. Have you got any ideas what could cause the pain ( it's a sharp pain on the inner side).

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Re: Cannot bend my leg.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2011, 12:17:09 AM »
Can't really diagnose as I'm sure you'll understand.  I'm also not certain about which way you are measuring the angles.  Conventionally, a straight leg is taken as 0 degrees of bend/flexion.  The right-angle is 90 degrees ...

If you are suffering pain on the inside of the knee it could be due to bone bruising which can take up to a year to recover.  Did you or did you not have a fracture?  That can influence your pain.

If your pain continues talk to all your healthcare professionals (GP, PT, OS) to get a workable plan to help you recover.  If they can't help press for a referral elsewhere so that you can get the necessary help.

Can't help you more than that.  Pain can be due to many sources and that is best determined by a clinical exam.
1/05 Ski accident: 5/05 ACLr LK; 10/06 Scope debridement, trochlear cartilage lesion (Gr4); 12/08 Scope chondroplasty, hematoma; 5 & 6/09 MACI patella & trochlea 'kissing lesions', ROM 0 to 80; 9/09 Scope LOA, IPCS & patella infera; 9/10 Scope AIR & LR.

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Re: Cannot bend my leg.
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2011, 10:00:35 PM »
Bending my knee I cab only get up to 40 degrees and straightening my leg I'm about 15 degrees off having a straight leg.
No the second MRI showed that there was no fracture.

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Re: Cannot bend my leg.
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2011, 08:52:53 PM »
It sounds as though you should still be under medical care.  Do you have any appointments ahead with the OS or a pain management specialist? 

If there is nothing structural stopping you from moving your knee then it may well be pain.  There will be ways in which this can be tested.

Sorry I can't be more helpful, but you may need to go through a series of tests to see what might help you return to function.  :(
1/05 Ski accident: 5/05 ACLr LK; 10/06 Scope debridement, trochlear cartilage lesion (Gr4); 12/08 Scope chondroplasty, hematoma; 5 & 6/09 MACI patella & trochlea 'kissing lesions', ROM 0 to 80; 9/09 Scope LOA, IPCS & patella infera; 9/10 Scope AIR & LR.