Nah you don’t sound harsh and if you did I wouldn’t take offense as I don’t consider this to be of my own making. I’ve been trying to follow the advice of accepted authority figures but it hasn’t gone well.
The first physio I saw for the month after my injury and with the back of my knee swollen up along with medial and lateral ligaments he said that I had medial and lateral ligament strains and a possible meniscus tear. His advice was to continue cycling and to attend a knee rehab class for a few months and/or do the exercises at home. So I turn up twice and it’s all too easy, balancing on a trampoline and bouncing a football against the wall etc etc. I stop going but continue to cycle everywhere.
After 3 months I know that there is something very wrong with my knee as it feels unstable and I had a dream of me viewing the inside of my knee with it all messed up (superficial detail that). So I go to the General Practitioner to ask to get an MRI scan.
In England you have to speak to a GP first to get referred to a specialist. GP’s are like jacks of all trades who weed out timewasters. She asks if I’ve been doing the exercises and I say no, but I’ve been cycling a lot and doing a bit of running and my knee still feels odd. She tells me to do the exercises and come back in a month.
I wait 3 weeks before going back with a more aggressive approach, and get myself referred to another physio 6 weeks later. He tells me I probably have an ACL tear and books me for an MRI scan. 3 weeks later I have the scan, and 2 weeks after that I go back to the physio.
It’s an ACL rupture, my knee is f*cked. I wonder why it’s taken 7 damn months to find this out. He said that by strengthening the muscles around the knee I can compensate for a missing ACL and possibly be ok in about 3 months.
Or I can get keyhole surgery and spend another 9 months out of action. (7 months, plus 9, plus 2 waiting for surgery = 18 months. Hurrah!)
So here I am asking about internet chat rooms for advice the NHS should have or could have provided me with. I go to the Czech Republic in 4 days and will need to arrange surgery there. I can’t get surgery in England, it’s not possible when I’m not here.
I take it sled work is a bad idea? I’m a little clueless here and hope a Czech doctor can help me out.
Had checked that other thread but it appears to deal with post surgery rehabilitation if I’m not mistaken. I’ll go read it again in case I’m missed something important.