A follow up on the earlier installment of “As the knee turns…”
…. ouch. Don’t day “as the knee turns….”
In the video I showed two weeks ago, I raised my upper leg to the level at which my lower leg more or less dropped of its own accord perpendicular to the ground. I then extended my lower leg using all the abilities my quad muscles had at the time.
In the following video I do the same thing, but with the brace on, so my quads are working against the weight of the brace. In the first video, that extension was very very weak. Had there been a headwind, I would not have been able to move the leg at all. This time, not only do I raise the leg farther, but I can tell you that there was more strength in the move. Not a lot more, but some.
Starting tomorrow, I get to exercise that muscle a bit more.
The knee is still very swollen, which is partly why I can’t bend it very far. But I can now get in and out of the passenger side of a car very easily. Well, clumsily and it hurts, but at least I can get in. Pain levels are about the same as two weeks ago, and the mysterious bump continues … I’m starting to think it is one of the knots from the ropes that were used to tie the tendon on. If so, it must have slipped down the patella a bit, which is strange, but, well, it’s holding. There is no sign of it going away, so there’s a chance it will have to be cut out.
I’m hoping, thought, that it is a piece of extra patella bone. It would be cool to get a bit of one’s own bone. Make a hash pipe out of it or something.