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Offline emmzz75

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13 year old daughter with patella dislocation
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:02:44 PM »
Hello all,

My 13 year old daughter got out of bed 17 days ago, stepped funny to avoid a toy and dislocated her kneecap :(
I called an ambulance and they arrived within 20 mins and after being at our house about 5 minutes the paramedic had thankful put it back.
We went to the hospital and they did an x-ray and felt around her knee, said all looked good but they wanted her to have an orpho appointment. They put on this straight leg brace and we had an the appointment 7 days later.
At the orpho appointment they saw her for all of about 2mins!! Said her kneecap seems to be favouring one side. And said she had to point and flex her foot and do leg raises. And said they would refer her for physio. We then saw a nurse who put her in a hinged leg brace.

So I'm feeling rather at sea at the moment. We still haven't got a physio appointment though.

I so nervous about moving the brace and whether its in the right position or not? Does anyone know if it will do her knee harm if I put the brace in the wrong postion??

I also have no idea how many leg raises she is supposed to do? Or if she's supposed to be putting weight on her foot (she has elbow crutches) She nervous about moving about and so so scared on her knee dislocating again.

She has a bit of pain still and is on paracetamol every 5 hours during the day. But has not ever had any swelling as far as I can see! She sleeping ok. But at the moment unless she's at the toilet she's just laid on the sofa with her leg raised. Is this the right thing?

Any advice/experiences VERY greatly appreciated

Thanks Emma (and Bella)

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Re: 13 year old daughter with patella dislocation
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 09:34:06 PM »
Could you pay for a private Physio while you wait for the NHS?

Perhaps see your GP for advice if concerned generally or if pain is an issue. Full dose of paracetamol for over two weeks now in a child would warrant a discussion I would think. Find out which GP is more specialist in musculoskeletal issues

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Re: 13 year old daughter with patella dislocation
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2018, 04:55:48 PM »
Knee dislocations are quite common and orthopedic specialists see them all the time although can be very painful and terrifying. From my experience, seeing an experienced physio can be a game changer although I understand not everyone can afford a private consultation.

If she is in a hinge brace, and on elbow crutches.. I would assume she would be completely fine to begin to weight bare on it. Although thatís only from personal experience and years of knee injuries.

If your worried, I would see your GP. They will be able to answer all your questions :)

Good luck!