View Full Version : Rehab Q's: Patella dislocation

December 30th, 2006, 06:43 PM
Hey guys- popped out my patella laterally about 22 days ago. At least I can claim workers comp :biggthump

Anyway, I'm out of the rigid posterior splint and into a soft J brace that pulls the whole mess inward, but lets me walk (sort of). I'm fairly sure I ripped my MPFL, but its glued back on enough to get out of the rigid.

Anyway, my PT starts in a week, and I'm jonesing for some info on what PT means for this injury, and what heel time and back to the board time might be. Has anyone done similar? Any thoughts?

Hoping to get back in time to hit the WTC for a day, but, we'll see :ices_ange

December 30th, 2006, 07:07 PM
It mainly depends upon your age, extent of injury, physical condition prior to the injury, previous injuries, etc.

Had a friend who "relocated" her patella roughly 18 inches north of where it was originally intended to reside. She was young at the time, I think 20ish, and was extremely physically fit. She still climbs and whatnot, but her boarding career was sorry to say it.....over.

If my own many varied injuries are any example, nothing is ever the same again, whether or not you "fully" recover is largely upto your definition of an acceptable pain level.

Best of luck!

December 30th, 2006, 07:51 PM
Way to cheer a guy up :D

I'm 26, modestly fit, and my injury was no where near as bad as your friends (sounds like a PL tear, way more scary then what I did). I'm glad she's climbing!

Oh, and as long as the pain is less the next time (of which there is a 10-40% chance of now), I think I'll be ok :1luvu:

December 30th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Way to cheer a guy up :D

Thats me :biggthump nuffin but sunshine and light!

As far as PT goes, a little pain is good, its supposed to hurt thats why they call it pain therapy...ermmm I mean physical therapy. HOWEVER, listen to what your body is trying to tell you, if it feels like somebody is pouring white hot molten metal inside your knee, lighten up a bit. It is very possible to do more damage in PT than good, regardless of what the neanderthal knuckledragger with the whip tells you.

My current longest stint in PT is 19 months, 4 days a week. It is what it is. :barf: