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Thread: A Tumble, A Grumble and a Broken Knee

  1. #11
    Maybe SCI nurse can address my comments:

    Was ice recommended to control any swelling? If so, one must be careful not to place it directly on skin, and only for about 15 or 20 minutes at a time!
    With recent bad foot injury, my icing it helped a lot (I have sensation).

    While waiting for medical help, in order not to bend the knee, would more, and gently wrapped Ace bandages help? They would seem to "fill in" the pit behind the knee to keep knee from bending too much. I'm thinking 3 or 4 ace bandages until you can get to the doctor again. We keep 2 such bandages in our household first aid kit, then hubby went to get 2 more, cost about $6 each.
    Again, I am just relating what I did with my feet - I had much more pain when trying to transfer - my butt would go to transfer and my feet would pivot to follow and ouch! The worst foot I triple wrapped - not tight at all! with the bandages, and that pretty much stabilized my ankle/foot and made less pain when transfering.
    I was delayed getting to doctor, then she had me get an xray which was done while I sat in my chair. You can ask the xray people if they have a way to xray while you sit in your chair or transfer to one of their chairs. Important you speak up to them about your needs.

    In my case the radiologist said many small fractures on one foot and the orthopedic P.A. said strained tendon from calf to underneath foot. Whatever. A lightweight ankle "brace" was provided and now 4 weeks later its healing slowly, still tender, but much less pain when I transfer.
    Orthopedic fellow said to return for re-check in 5 to 6 weeks from last week, making an estimated 10 weeks to heal for something stupid I did in my wheelchair.

    Again, run these suggestion by medical person if you decide to try.

    Best of luck and don't stop the wheelchair acrobatics, just wear a fully air-filled body suit next time!

  2. #12
    Thanks for the well wishes- I have been continuing to do stuff, just slower and more carefully.
    I'm frustrated that I'm having so long to find out how to handle it. The swelling is way down. I'm just trying to not put weight on it when I transfer, dress or pull pants up which is a hassel. Also not bending it more than it is with my foot on my footplate. They better get me in tomorrow when I call. I'm hoping it won't be bad enough to need an immobilizer- hope, hope, pray, pray... I know I may need to do more, I'm just trying to not worry till I find out more. The specialist office said they would have the dr review it, then call me back to schedule, so maybe it wasn't bad enough to try to get me in the next morning. ( I called on thurs afternoon, then when I called back fri they were closed...)

    Jody, hope you're sleeping better- I'll consider what you said about my kneecaps the rantings of a sleepless night...

  3. #13
    Triumph, my PC dr. did send me home with an ace bandage and I'm wearing it, but I think the normal tightness they wrapped it is a bit too tight for my poor circulation, so I take it off when I'm just sitting with it up in my recliner or in bed. Interesting idea of wearing more than one to keep it from bending.

    The other problem is if my knee doesn't bend enough in my wheelchair, my foot hangs off in front and my foot drops and the blood pools in my toes as I have flaccid calves and feet... man, its always SOMETHING.

    OK, enough complaining for the night. If they don't give me an appt in the morning I will have lots more tomorrow- but I'll save my growling for then.

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