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Offline sprsnow

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2014, 03:58:15 PM »
Hi, thanks for sharing and glad to hear youre back to normal and healthy again.  Have you get a chance to discuss with your doctor about removing your hardware?  It seems did not bother you at all from reading your post.  As matter fact, I am starting the 12th week post-op (broke left kneecap on 12/21 and surgery 12/27 with two hooks and wire for 2 pieces of kneecap).  I started my PT 1/27 and increased ROM 15 degree every week and now its about 130.  I had less than 6 weeks twice per wk PT and now I felt and even earlier I could do most exercises at home and health club, and I have been worked very hard at home to progress my goal.  Just wondering what type of exercises do you do to get your ROM?  Mostly I have done are heal slides.  I have gotten 80% ROM and 60% strength back and worked on yoga and aquatic fitness besides heal slides and little stationary bike.  BTW, do you have any aches or pains now?  I have lots of aches at night and almost waking up at night on hourly basis but my doctor said its normal due to the hooks/wire or never pain plus I feel the knots of wire bothering me when the heal slides or knee bending.  How about you and appreciate your info?

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2014, 08:18:01 PM »
Hardware removal has been mentioned a few times, but there are no plans so far. The only problem I have with it right now is a tightness around me knee when I walk, almost like I am pulling against a rubber band. This isn't that painful though, and if I don't have more discomfort than this, I probably wouldn't choose to have the hardware removed. Of course, my left knee is still a different shape than the right knee, so as everything readjusts I can imagine that things might change. I'll also have to see what it feels like once I start hiking or walking long distances again.

I did heel slides against the wall to get my range of motion back once I hit 100 degrees. For the last few degrees, I had to press down on my left leg with my right leg. I also did the stationary bike at PT, which helped me to get more comfortable with bending past 90.

I have been pretty lucky in terms of aches and pains. There is still some discomfort, but nothing that really bothers me. The only thing that does get uncomfortable is sitting with my leg bent for a long time like in a movie theater or during a long drive. As long as I can stretch every so often though, I am ok. I only have the one wire circling my patella, and that hasn't bothered me very much.
12/20/13: Slipped on ice, comminuted fracture of left patella
12/22/13: ORIF surgery- 3 pins, wire, leg in immobilizer
12/29/13: No major pain in leg, FWB in immobilizer
01/07/14: Started PT
01/15/14: Staples out, 50 ROM
01/29/14: 80 ROM
02/14/14: 105 ROM
02/21/14: 120 ROM
03/07/14: 135 ROM

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2014, 12:10:25 AM »
im 6 weeks post op on left patella fracture and torn tendon repair. im bending at 60 and still take pain meds for pt and sleep. my question is....how long did it take your swelling to subside and do you still feel heat comeing from your knee?

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2014, 06:55:10 PM »
I would say that most of the swelling went away after 5-6 weeks. It is hard to say though- my left knee still looks different from my right knee, but I am not sure if that is swelling or just from the surgery. The knee is rounder and the kneecap doesn't stick up as much as the right one. It still feels a little warmer than the right one.
12/20/13: Slipped on ice, comminuted fracture of left patella
12/22/13: ORIF surgery- 3 pins, wire, leg in immobilizer
12/29/13: No major pain in leg, FWB in immobilizer
01/07/14: Started PT
01/15/14: Staples out, 50 ROM
01/29/14: 80 ROM
02/14/14: 105 ROM
02/21/14: 120 ROM
03/07/14: 135 ROM

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2014, 08:04:55 PM »
I'm now about 13 weeks out. Not much is changing these days. There is still a bit of tightness in my knee when I walk around, but nothing too painful. I have discovered that sitting with my leg bent for long periods of time (for example, in a movie theatre) can cause stiffness, but if I get up and stretch it goes away. I can go down stairs (alternating steps) without too much difficulty, though I do need to be holding onto the railing and to go slowly.

I still can't do any running. It feels like the point where the quad attaches to the patella is still painful- maybe because it hasn't had much stress over the past few months? From reading other people's stories, it could be a few more months (at least) before I am able to do any kind of running or jogging.
12/20/13: Slipped on ice, comminuted fracture of left patella
12/22/13: ORIF surgery- 3 pins, wire, leg in immobilizer
12/29/13: No major pain in leg, FWB in immobilizer
01/07/14: Started PT
01/15/14: Staples out, 50 ROM
01/29/14: 80 ROM
02/14/14: 105 ROM
02/21/14: 120 ROM
03/07/14: 135 ROM

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2014, 09:37:33 PM »
I had my last physical therapy session today! The PT recommended that I continue to do leg raises (with an ankle weight) at home for a few months. She said that if I think about it, I can do some of the other ones, but the only thing that I really need to work on is strengthening the quad. The muscle is pretty strong already, but still not nearly as strong as the good leg.

No other changes to report. Still no running. Still no problems with the hardware, then some occasional stiffness around the kneecap. I have my last appointment with the surgeon next week, after which I should  (hopefully) be declared better!
12/20/13: Slipped on ice, comminuted fracture of left patella
12/22/13: ORIF surgery- 3 pins, wire, leg in immobilizer
12/29/13: No major pain in leg, FWB in immobilizer
01/07/14: Started PT
01/15/14: Staples out, 50 ROM
01/29/14: 80 ROM
02/14/14: 105 ROM
02/21/14: 120 ROM
03/07/14: 135 ROM

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2014, 10:57:34 PM »
Glad to hear you're done your PT and continue with quad strengthening. You're very young and hope you'll have your full recovery much sooner.
Same here I stopped mine PT last month and workout at a health club.  The fitness yoga is helping me physically and mentally.  Appreciate the ROM exercises you suggested.

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2018, 04:26:09 PM »
You made some serious progress in recovery. I'm at 12 weeks 70'ish degree's.

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Re: Left Patella Fracture and Recovery
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2018, 08:37:36 PM »
I am 10 weeks post op on a commutative right knee fracture. I am a 70 year old that is 63 and was in exceptional condition. I had conventional surgery on March 26,2018 with 2 pins and wire. I stayed in the hospital overnight
And discharged with a mobilizer. On April 7, 2018 the Doctor removed the dressing and surgical staples and left the mobilizer on. Using crutches, but always afraid of falling. Problem with constipation and sleep. Used Kirkland (Costco) Sleep Aid which over the counter and works. Also Miralax for constipation. On May 10,2017 started to go to gym to use weights while sitting down every day on upper body. On April 16, 2018 (3 Week ps) took off mobilizer at night (85 rom). April 19,2018;started walking around house with mobilizer, but no crutches. April 30, 2018 (5 weeks) started PT and no mobilizer for 3 times a week. May 21,2018 walked 2 1/2 miles and 3 miles the following day. Working out in gym and PT 3/4 hours per day plus stretching. May 24,  2018 up to 131 ROM.  Ay 31, 2018 PT ended as have good gym. June 3, 2018 walked 9 holes golf. No driver used.
June 5,  2018 walked 18 holes golf 6.5 miles.

Now pretty much recovered and back to all normal activites just prior 11 weeks. Knee is still swollen and tell me might take 6 months. My Doctor does not want to remove screws ever which I expect due to age. No pain in knee, but some discomfort when full bending my knee. I can walk up and down stairs without holding on. They have changed my walking gait to make sure I bend my knee and land in my heel. Also doing a great deal if work on improving my balance so that this will not happen again. Between walking gait and balance I expect these are two most important things to work on after recovery. ROM at 135. Tell me this best I will get which ok with me.