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I damaged my knee in just before Xmas when I fell in a rather nice European city, walking up the steps to a designer shopping mall...I was knocked by a guy...and fell....corner of marble step versus tibial plateau of knee !
Thankfully, I was xrayed at the time, and no bony injury was seen. However, my knee was black and blue with bruising lasting and lasting. Since then, I have been unable to fully bend or straighten my knee, and its exquisitly painful when I walk up a slope, or climb the stairs....down is sore but more than OK...up is a different level altogether !
Being a health care professional, I left it as long as I could, carrying on with my shifts, in the firm belief that the gentle exercise and movement I do all day everyday, would aid its healing and promote healthy healing if at all possible.
However, its not improved...so I went to my GP who informed me that I was "too old" to be referred directly for an MRI...Im 48...and I had to go to orthopaedics first....no worries thought I...except I didnt see a consultant...just another GP with an orthopaedic certiificate.
My GP and this Dr both did the McMurray Test and its positive.
He sent a letter to the consultant recommending an MRI, which i was able to get quite quickly.
The report says I have a meniscal tear.
But, I'm being referred to physio. No worries there either, except I am now being discharged from orthopaedics. Yep, not even seeing a consultant, so cant ask questions, cant ask where the tear is, and the nature of it, and discus the options of treatment or not.
SO, Im unable to tell the orthopaedic consutlant that I had ankle reconstruction sugery on the same side, and physio is going to be very problematic.
I've aslo been told to take analgesia.
Well...how on earth do they think I've survived this long...
Its 7 months for goodness sake, ...not weeks !
All of the information I can find on the "interweb" regarding referral to physio with regard to meniscal tears, implies that the injury is new, and that things should calm down 4-6 weeks after the injury when the pain is mild to non-existant.
I have not had a good nights sleep since Xmas, sleep with a pillow under it, and have a knee that still produces bruising and swelling after all this time...
I dont like to say I've been let down, as I work for the NHS, but I dont feel as though I'm receiving the best care, and am being put on a "conservative management" program without actually being consulted.
I've not seen a consultant or registrar, and today in the letter I received, discovered I'm not going to...
Would be most grateful for the opinion of other health professionals, physios in particular with regard to meniscal tears "healing" after this time....
AND when the pain is slowly increasing...the ourcomes I can realistically expect....
I will go to physio "with bells on" if it'll work on the MENISCUS
if its just to strengthen other muscle groups...how does that actually help the MENISCUS ?
Dont worry, I am seeking a second opnion, and have decided to pay for an orthopaedic consultation, because the NHS has failed to provide that for me...
Comments gratefully received
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