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Offline Clarkey

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I would like to know if anyone has gone through 'electric shock wave therapy' or ‘extracorporeal shock wave therapy’ that it is also known as. The low energy sound waves increase the blood flow that helps to speed up the healing process. The sound waves are not electrical but mechanical, will not feel any intense pain during the ESWT session.

It's meant to change a chronic soft tissue problem to an acute condition that has a success rate of 75% apparently? I am not convinced with these stats, I have had an on-going right knee problem since my last surgery in July 2014 of AIR surgery. A large amount of excessive scar tissue was removed during surgery, likely to have formed after my first scope in November 2009. I had medial plica excision and my fat pad trimmed, it often can cause excessive scarring/bleeding inside the kneecap.   

http://www.sportsorthopaedicspecialist.co.uk/treatments/shockwave-therapy

Since both scopes I have had a total of 5 cortisone injections, 1st two were done pre-op and post-op to scope #1. The remaining 3 cortisone injections have been all done throughout 2015. I have patella tendonitis confirmed by my OS. It is now obvious that the injections are not helping in anyway. It has to be something else that’s the cause of my current RK problems. 

PFS and maltracking problems have also been confirmed by my OS. On one of my reports after having a CT scan I am borderline for knee realignment surgery? Slight knocked knee is a common problem. Many people have bowed legs; it’s hereditary in my family, my brother kneecaps are bowed as well but he only has pain after kneeling and squatting a lot. I cannot run or walk quickly that he is able to do.

I am having mainly anterior knee pain and discomfort, when I press against my tibia where it meets the kneecap and shinbone feel sore and tender in that region. This is also where I am feeling the pain and discomfort when trying to run or walk quickly and going up and down steep undulations. My OS is adamant it not a big issue or a concern, when I saw his Registrar he mentioned doing ‘Knee Osteotomy’ surgery. 

I am finding the whole post-op after scope #2 very long winded and confusing at 20 months post-op. One minute surgery is mentioned then it's dismissed, I have proof of all my consultations so far, becomes annoying when something gets mentioned and then it gets dismissed.

I am sure many of you already know or are following my never ending post-op diary. Here the link to my diary if you like to have in depth information and full history of both my scopes. 

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=43471.1410

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« Last Edit: March 31, 2016, 05:58:19 PM by Clarkey »
RK: PFPS, Arthrofibrosis, Tendinopathy, Five cortisone injections
16/01/18 Anterior interval release, distal patella excision, lateral meniscal repair
18/07/14 Anterior interval release  
16/11/09 Medial plica excision, fat pad trimming















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