Sept. 6 had knee manipulation. Spent half hour in the surgery room getting my knee snapped, Doc had to manually break all the scar tissue that had built up and was making it impossible to progress on the flexion. Procedure was from 7:30am-8:00am. Woke up around 11am for a brief moment to hear the doc say we got your knee to 137 degrees, then I was out again. I kept getting really sick from the anesthesia so I spent 5 hours in recuperation. Went home took a nap, woke up around 4pm and went to Physical Therapy to get my leg stretched. My therapist measured my flexion at 112 degrees. Had severe swelling, my knee pretty much looked like a giant baseball. Had CPM machine delivered for constant motion, which made my quad feel like it was tearing.
Flexion decreased on Monday following the knee manipulation and continued to decrease on Wednesday therapy session. Doctor seemed a little worried and ordered me a flexion brace which my therapist recommended. My Knee was very sore and swollen, and a huge bruce shaped like the palm of the docs hand appeared on my leg, I can only imagine how much force was used to brake that scar tissue. By the end of this week my flexion had dropped to 96 degrees.
Flexion Brace was delivered to my house. This brace is the opposite of my post op brace. The flexion brace has a resistance setting that pretty mush forces your knee to bend. I was told to begin using 2 times per day for 20 minutes. I obviously doubled the usage to 4 times per day 20 minutes each. This brace really did cause a lot of pain, but in a few days I increased the flexion by 10 degrees. This was seriously the first time since I began therapy that I felt like I saw major progress. Therapy continues to be a butt kicker but it sure does help tons. By the end of the week my flexion was at 110 degrees.
I have been using the flexion brace and also pushing my knee to bend on my own without the brace. At work I would roll forward on my office chair and drive my knee to bend as far as I could. My physical therapist has really been kicking my butt, but seeing the progress just makes me want to go harder every time. This week I began going downstairs, it was hard at first but I have kept at it and really pushing it. Have been doing more squats and trying to sit on my knees, still not able to go all the way down but it is working. I went to the gym this week for the very first time since my injury in April, I was able to do the stair stepper in slow mode, about 40 steps per minute. I was also able to begin doing the leg press. By the end of this week I was able to bend my knee on my own at 117 degrees, and therapist forcing and holding at 124 degrees. I am feeling very happy and motivated. My walking is getting better, and last night I was even able to do a little bit of ground work. Things are really going goo