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Old 01-28-2010, 10:13 PM   #61
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Plica resected, cartilage treated. Two fractures, one in kneecap, one in femur.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:32 AM   #62
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Doc says he expects full recovery! Looking at about 3 months with therapy he reckons. Shit, that's nothing to me anymore.

Still some sharp pain in the knee and still very weak. Only thing I can do with it is walk. Here's the history breakdown:

Cracks in kneecap and femur cartilage go to the bone.
Massive amounts of scar tissue buildup around fractures.
Pressure from activity creates pain from the nerves in the bone.
That sharp pain inhibits the quad, causing a shut-off.
Quad shut-off mid-cut in sport causes loss of knee stability.
Knee goes valgus, and ACL tears.
During ACL reconstruction patella mechanics are altered.
During ACL rehab, quadricep atrophies significantly.
With a very weak quad the kneecap sits much lower in the groove.
Inflammation and lower patella mean more frequent, harder contact between patella and femur.
Progress stalls.
*Scar tissues cut out, cartilage smoothed.
*Begin therapy to cease inflammation and strengthen quad.
*As quad strengthens, patella will rise in groove.
*Symptoms should dissipate.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:39 PM   #63
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Learned that Chondromalacia was Grade III. That is a thinning and degradation of cartilage that can go down to bone. Bone is the sensitive area of pain. Grade IV is bone on bone.

Surface was scraped to induce bleeding, which will help build new (albeit inferior) cartilage where the holes are. That takes about 6-8 weeks to happen. Working on building back Quad strength to take pressure off kneecap. Still somewhat unsure how this happens, scientifically.

This road to recovery has been amazing in terms of the difficulty and the level of knowledge and patience I've developed. Hopefully this is the beginning of the way out.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:36 PM   #64
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April 25...

So almost 3 months out.

Doctor wrote me back and said 3 months was "see some improvements in symptoms" but that it oculd be a year before I feel normal again. Fuuuuuck. I definitely feel improved from say, January, it's just amazing how long this shit takes... had nothing worth posting for a while.

Anyway, my accomplishments so far are:

Ran two miles last week.
Did some band-resisted leg extensions with full ROM the other day. Could be a sign of healing?

Upper body coming along, too.

Bench 210x5
OHP 165x5, 135x10
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:11 PM   #65
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How do you tell your knee that you're moving on without it?

Strict Press

45x10
135x3
155x1
185x1 (+10 PR)
200x1 (+25 PR)
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