Hypermobility problems skyrocketed after Car Accident, can barely walk better than a penguin...help?

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Okay so I'm 18 and have been diagnosed with hyper mobility, asthma,scoliosis, carpel tunnel VCD, and chronic joint pain. I got in a car wreck April 2018 where I shattered my left ankle (lets just say my foot was not facing the right direction afterward) bruised up my left knee; got the Lis-Frank injury (tore a ligament in my right foot); bruised rightside of my ribs; and caused three tendons in my shoulder to completely tear.

Before the accident I was diagnosed with Hyper Mobility, Scoliosis, carpel tunnel, and VCD (a vocal cord disorder) and had been in physical therapy for about six months trying to tighten the tendons in my knees and shoulders. Before the accident I could still run and whatever, but now I can hardly walk better than a drunk penguin (cause I have a heavy limp favoring my left side),** can't jump higher than an inch of the ground without hurting my ankle, and can't run or even fast walk without my ankle groaning under my weight (mind you I'm only 135 lbs) and it along with my knee, likes to give out on me.

Its getting to the point where** I'm pinned at home unless I bring a wheelchair with me** and am unable to sit or stand for long periods of time, preventing me from really working.

I'm nearing a full year since the last of my three ankle surgeries, foot surgery, and shoulder surgery, but can hardly be mobile and do anything at all. I've seen multiple doctors and they just tell me to take more Naproxen (which I do, virtually every day twice a day to manage my pain levels) and that all of the X-rays and MRIs are perfectly normal.

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    Have you been to see a physiotherapist?

    It sounds like you need to have long term, intensive therapy on your leg.

    I broke my ankle, and ruptured all the ligaments in both ankles in april and 8 months later I am still have twice a week 1:1 therapy, plus attend two balance classes to strength and repair the damage. I also have hypermobile joints, especially in my knees. My injury was not nearly as severe as what you have described, so I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you.

    One thing that helped get strength back in the beginning was walking in a pool. This takes a lot of the weight off your joints but gets them moving. If you are able to, maybe see if you can try doing walking laps or hydrotherapy. Riding a stationary bike will also help with mobility of the ankle joints with out much weight baring, increases fitness, and bonus: helps build the quad muscles to support hypermobility in the knees! I have to do bike riding as one of my exercises.

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      I have been through physical therapy (18 months of it) but my physical therapist didn't know what to do anymore with it and released me at my parents question (cause I was a minor at the time).

      I do about 20+ excercises every day from picking up marbles with my toes to prevent myself from losing mobility in my toes and feet, balancing on a circle board that tilts, and have six different bands that I use for strengthening my ankle.

      My issue with a pool is it has to be heated well and I have to have multiple layers over my ankle and foot because the temperature of the water makes it worse. I did hydrotherapy for about three months after I could walk after the accident and again, was released by my physical therapist as cleared despite the limping that's only got worse.

      I haven't tried the stationary bike yet though, that's something I'll definitely have to try since my balance is horrific from left to right! Just gotta be careful with my asthma!

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