Hi guys and gals,
for the first time I really want to heal myself as much as I can so I need your help. Just a short timeline:
I tore off a piece of (long thin splinter) my lat. fem. condyle
had surgery, osteosynthesis (pieced back together) with 2 screws
medial menisc ruptured, sutured
intensive physical therapy; almost all of ROM re-gained, except for the last 20,30 deg. flexion
2007 I can’t maintain dosiflexion, foot falls flat on ground
a friend (surgeon) immediately rushes me to the MRI - L4/L5 slight protrusion, L5/S1 slight protrusion
Fast forward to 2013:
- in Feb I embark on “5/3/1”
- in about a year I make awesome strength gains and build some mass
- no pain in the back whatsoever; knee better on some days, a bit painful on others but mostly decent
- one day I just got sh*** scared and thought I should check up on the knee, save some trouble down the road
I do proper mobility drills before my workouts (DeFrancos Agile 8), I ramp up my nervous system with some Oly’s and I always warm up properly with lighter loads. Knee is fine during the deads and squats but recently it started “grinding” more than usual.
- the noise can be described as “running your fingers lightly over the PC keyboard”, supposedly not good
- the knee hurts more when the days get colder
- there is cracking and popping when I flex it
During the past years I have had Xrays taken and one MRI which was a dud. A dud because the screws make certain electrical noise and make it impossible to analyse lateral part of the joint.
Tibiofemoral joint shows mild narrowing with a beginning “spiking” (no better word than that) of eminentia intercondilaris. Femoral-patellar joint shows mild narrowing with subchondral slcerosis of the patella.
MRI is quite long but there is a mention of “chondromalacia 1st degree” and “edge osteophytes”.
Here are some photos of what Im currently trying to fix:
- raise right shoulder
- bring the right hip a bit forward
- correct kyphosis
- correct internally rotated humeri
- correct potential APT
Thmas test - horrible. If I lay on the table, put my thigh paralell to the floor, the shin is not nearly vertical to the floor. Quad stretching is not really an option since I cant flex that injured leg all the way
Any tips to keep me on track? Thanks a bunch!