Solution for knee going into hyper-extension?
I've tried two different knee braces but, my right knee is still going way back into hyper-extension. Are there any other devices/aids out there that might correct this problem? What about a surgical procedure? I'm getting desparate now because, my knee is paining a lot more when i walk short distances with my forearm crutches and it swells up too so,i'm now using the wheelchair mostly.
Shawn, I never tried this but my PT suggested a "Swiss cage" knee brace when I began working in between the parallel bars.
I haven't been around much,lately, so I don't know if you've already considered more/different physical therapy. I don't know your deificits/return, but it may be that a good PT may be able to help you stregthen some muscle group that will support the knee. Or maybe you've already tried this. Anyway, I do wish you the best.
Thanx for the responses Dan & Sue. I've never heard about a 'Swiss Cage" knee brace before but, i'm gonna find out as much as i can about it. Do you perhaps have more info on this Sue? As far as additional physiotherapy is concerned, i'm doing alot at home now and i intend giving FES a try in October, i hope it helps.
Shawn, have you seen an orthopedic doctor? If your knee is going into hyperextension, it suggests that you may have a previous injured or lax knee ligament.
The problem may be congenital: http://www.smaservicesinc.com/soa/jsoasu99/muham.pdf
The general recommendation is physical therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee.
Functional electrical stimulation is also useful for strengthening muscles to prevent knee hyperextension and biofeedback training may be useful if you have some voluntary control
There are many devices that protect against hyperextension of the knee. I don't know which devices you used but here are some more, including the swiss cage that sue recommened: http://jacpoc.oandp.com/library/1987_02_033.asp
By the way, many athletes tape their knees to prevent hyperextension
Thank you for the valuable information, i'll look into it. I called my orthopedic surgeon already so, i'm just waiting to confirm an appointment.
Not really Shawn. Reading the article Wise pulled up you'll be looking at the more expensive version. Figures, eh? My PT said they can be fairly flexible so as your entire knee area strengthens the cage can be set so the leg hyper-extends less and less. My right leg is weaker and the muscles are fairly even in stregthen, or were. The left has always had much stronger quadriceps than hamstrings and this is what caused the hyper extension in my knee. I'd check with either a really good PT or an orthpedic doctor first to see if it is ligament damage. Most PTs can feel a loose crucial ligament if that is the problem. I opted for pool therapy and weights to try and strengthen my hamstring up. It probably helped me more than it would you since I wasn't exactly walking. More like trying to take steps one at a time.
Yes, i guess it is more expensive and i wonder if it can be manufactured locally (South Africa)? If not, importing it will definitely increase the price!
However, i still have to discuss it (Swiss Cage) with my orthopedic doctor and hear what he has to say. My hamstrings aren't working at all. The physio and i tried to exercise/stimulate it but, very, very little return thus far. I guess i just have to continue trying to get it to function and strengthen my quadriceps as much as i can in the meantime. I've heard a lot about pool therapy but, i haven't tried it yet. Thanx for your response and i'll be sure to update this post with any progress made.
Shawn, I am a Physiotherapist in SA, and have previously heard from you regarding the FES trial in October. I look forward to trialling the FES, but if you are looking into importing some device, let me know, as I may be able to bring it back with me in October, when I return from the UK. You can let me know at the same address you used before, when enquiring about the FES.
Yes, i'm still interested in FES and i will contact you here in October 02. On which day do u arrive exactly - 5th? With regard to the knee brace - yes, i'm definitely interested but, i'm not sure what products are available in the UK and it's prices. Do they have the 'Swiss Cage" mentioned in this thread? Please find out what is available and let me know - thanx a million!!!!