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Offline crimbofairy

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Quads not responding and problems with bend
« on: April 15, 2015, 07:29:52 PM »
Got Hypermobility and been in wheelchair for past 18 months waiting for surgery as had lots of prior complications.
Had Mpfl and scope investigations 2 months ago but having great problems getting my Bend back got to about 45/50 degrees now with the help of CPM.
Been told by specialist he will take me back to theatre and bend me if not improved in a month but on cpm I can get up to 75/80 but cant maintain at moment!!
Today at physio it was suggested that the problem may not be my bend itself it may be my quads as i cant get them to activate. A leg lift is impossible.
Has anyone else had similar problems with their quads not activating or nerve damage thats given numbness or affective them lifting their leg?

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Re: Quads not responding and problems with bend
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2015, 09:09:27 PM »
YES!  I tore ACL/MCL in skiing accident and had ACL donor graft February 2014.  I worked like crazy in rehab (cause that's what everyone says you have to do, right?) , but weeks later, I was still on crutches and unable to bear weight on that leg.  My quads had deteriorated and would not activate after the surgery.  My therapist started me on an electrical stimulus unit, which I attached to my quads 4x a day for about 20 minute sessions.  My quad function came back slowly, but it eventually came back.  I'm over a year post-op now- I still do not (and probably never will) have full extension or flexion of my knee, but I walk fairly well and can pretty much do my everyday activities- though I still have some pain and swelling at the end of the day.  Best of luck, my friend.   

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Re: Quads not responding and problems with bend
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 12:13:54 AM »
Thank you so much for replying i was beginning to think maybe i was the only person with this problem!! Im  pleased to hear there is an option to try to wake the little monkeys up!! I had yet another fall yesterday my knee tried to dislocate the mpfl ligaments kicked in to save it from dropping off the edge but if my quads were working and i could strengthen them it probably wouldnt of happened. It now feels even more jelly like and wobbly and ive lost all faith id gradually started to build up over the past few weeks to trust my own legs after the surgery. I just dont think i will now till those quads work and i can strengthen them!! Its scary enough trying to get back on your feet again after 18 months and there is a lot of muscle to rebuild but to fall has really scared me :-( Thanks for giving me some hope that i may be able to wake these quads up another way!!















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