Question - Lateral Relaese (long recovery)

by Cynthia
(Ireland)

I had a lateral release on my left knee on the 22nd of July this year. To date i can not fully extend my knee nor can i bend it fully. I have been to physio twice a week since my surgery. My physio is not happy with my progress she feels i should be further on than i am. She hasn't been able to do much rehab as when we do anything my knee swells up and the pain becomes to much.


My surgeon won't listen to my problems but he did agree with me when i said that i thought i should be able to do some sort of sport. My knee even swells and gets sore if i swim or do aqua aerobics. I am walking with a limp which is starting to effect my back and my right knee. I have had 2 previous on my right knee so i am afraid i will do damage to it putting all the extra pressure on it.

As you can imagine i have a noticable loss of quad muscle in my left leg and any exercise i do to build it up seems to aggrevate it.

Can you tell me is this normal for such a long recovery after a lateral release? Is it advisable for me to get a second opinion? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Cynthia

P.S I'm only 26 so i don't want to be living with bad knees for the rest of my life. I also have a lot of noise in the joint when i try to sqat or go up and down the stairs. And the other day i felt something tear in it when i was walking, it hurt like hell after that and swelled up.

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Oct 19, 2008
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long recovery lateral release
by: Bart - SII

A lateral release can involve a fairly lengthy recovery, but lacking extension this far out is cause for concern.

I would recommend seeking further help from your physician, or a second opinion.

Adhesions, contractures, and excessive scar formation can cause problems with regaining motion.

If your physio can focus your rehab on your hips and core, that may help to give a little more stability to your knee. And as stability increase, you may be able to increase the amount of quad strengthening you can do.

Bart

Oct 30, 2008
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resp. to Cynthia
by: Dave

I WILL REPLY IN FULL ASAP!
FOR WHAT IS`S WORTH YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I HAD THE EXACT SAME PROCEDURE AS YOU SEPT. 22, I`M 37 YEARS OLD & I HAVE THE SAME ISSUES, MY RANGE OF MOTION IS ABOUT 15% MY BACK IS DESTROYED & THE SAME Dr. RESPONSE AS YOU. IT`S AS IF THEY LOOK @ OUR AGE & THINK THAT THEY SNAP THEIR FINGERS & WALK!!!!
NOT THE CASE. I WALK WITH A CANE, OBVIOUS LIMP & IN PAIN 80-90% OF THE TIME. HAVE 2 KIDS & HAVE TO LIMP BEHIND THEM (WOULD LOVE TO RUN)KIDS ARE CALLING 4 ME NOW. WILL GET BACK TO YOU SOON. HOPE THAT YOU GET WELL SOON, REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!
ALL THE BEST,
DAVE

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