When the NHS re-enact Abu Ghraib to avoid fixing my knee

I was rather excited to see the hospital specialist physiotherapist, I also had rather high hopes – these were dashed by the time I was escorted through a sticky looking door marked “men’s changing”.

Being led into a dimly lit low-roofed room that seemed to be a smaller version of an indoor sports hall on a severe austerity budget didn’t boost my hopes. It then became apparent that this was an assessment session for me and six other people of various genders.

There were no privacy screens or any attempt to pretend the ‘patients’ had any dignity as the NHS ‘specialists’ ordered various garments to be removed and actions performed.

Fortunately I was wearing clothing that let my knee be examined without the need to shed clothing – I did feel sorry for the woman who was told to run on the spot in just her underwear and the rotund boxer-clad chap told to stand on one leg with his eyes closed for 5 minutes whilst the NHS staff sniggered.

egyptian pyramids

(Photo from Wiki)

I had a nagging feeling that the whole thing was either candid camera or sadistic NHS staff having decided that the abuse in Abu Ghraib sounded a bit of a laugh

The woman that I saw made me recant the entire history of my knee pain and made it clear that she hadn’t bothered looked at my notes or my scan. She was also a master of stating the obvious, she agrees that my knee cap is high – this is an IS and can’t be changed. She also said that my muscle strength is ok, although the inside quad on left leg is slightly weaker.

She commented that the outside of my left leg was tight and this is pulling the knee cap out of alignment and that the swelling under the knee (which is presumably the fat pad) is pushing out the front of the knee cap at an angle – the top of the kneecap is the further point out.

The only  new thing was she declared that I need to build up my core strength as this would help stablise the leg – although this was a throw away comment.

So for 45 minutes I was poked and prodded, with no treatment or advice given. This wasn’t what I expected and I also wasn’t expecting there to be a three week wait for the next possible appointment slot. However I’ve taken the slot and am hoping that the next session will bear less resemblance to the abuses committed by a few bored and stupid member of global Superpower and might actually be a bit more useful.

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Knee: Light at the end of the tunnel – hopefully not via a keyhole

Just over a week after my very long wait at the hospital for a very short chat with a specialist about my knee I got an appointment letter from the hospital.

Well the letter said they had an appointment for me, but that I needed to phone them within a week on the appointments line which is only open between 10am and 2pm three days a week.

knee smiles

(Photo from andsoitburns.blogspot.co.uk)

I had nightmare visions of endless phone queues and dire holding music for hours on end, however they picked up pretty quickly and they found my notes on the computer after only 15 minutes of searching. Then they were able to make me an appointment in three weeks time; not a choice of appointments just the one slot – take it or give up.

This makes it all the more amusing that I took the slot and hung up (politely), only to have them phone back a couple of minutes later as they hadn’t actually read my notes and had booked me in with the wrong person.

Now that they realised I needed to see a soft tissue specialist, although she prefers the term “orthopaedic physiotherapy specialist”. So now I have to wait an extra week for my appointment but I will hopefully see the correct person.

Progress?

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Knee – Shaking my way towards a MRI scan

As far as I can tell I still have patella femoral joint issues (aka runner’s knee) – specifically with my left knee. I haven’t seen the physiotherapist for a month now, my left knee still feels tight and stiff, often sore. The muscles on the outer quad sometimes shake uncontrollably on both legs – most recently on Monday in the middle of yoga class.

I know that muscle shakes can be caused by dehydration or insufficient good fuel – I think that Monday’s shakes could have been aided by a little too much sugar that morning.

sugar

(Photo from the BBC)

It could have been muscle fatigue as I have been a little bit lax  with my physio-suggested leg exercises for the last couple of weeks. The shakes were during moves that I’ve done a lot before – variations on Warrior 1 and 2, so my body should know that it can pull these moves off. Although if my stupid muscles haven’t been exercises and stretched properly then that would probably not help – plus the sugar thing…

Alternatively, my yoga teacher has suggested that  the shaking in when my legs feel vulnerable, I respectfully counter that her tugging my leg into “better alignment” might not have helped with the cause or effect.

knee xray

(Photo that I’ve used before somewhere on a previous post – probably about my knee…)

It has occurred to me that perhaps I should try to push the leg more – to see if I can run yet, even if just for a minute. But I an nervous about trying this without a physio saying to do so, something that I am not prepared to spend £50 on an appointment to see if I get.

The NHS have me on hold, my six NHS physio sessions were woefully inadequate, I am booked in for an MRI scan in a month’s time. Google tells me that the MRI scan should give a decent view of bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other random stuff – so in theory that should confirm (or deny) if  there is anything wrong that physiotherapy alone can’t fix.

To sum up – my knee is still not right. Both legs sometimes randomly have weird shaking muscles and I have to wait to see if the MRI scan shows any underlying cause. Joy.

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