A heavy duty table tennis table fell onto my wife’s knee severing the quadriceps tendon, not completely. The accident and emergency unit said it was just badly bruised no xray or scan was performed. Weeks later my wife went back to our doctor who sent her for an xray. Once he had the results he then referred to an orthopaedic specialist. She was told that she needs to have surgery to repair the quadriceps tendon. Weeks later she had surgery, which the surgeon said had gone well.
After about 7 weeks of inactivity she began physiotherapy which is when the problems began.
Every time my wife or the physiotherapist tried to bend the leg it went into a very painful spasm and locked. We went back to the surgeon with a letter from the physiotherapist outlining her concerns, he had an ultrasound scan performed and he said that the results showed that his surgery had gone well and everything was in place. The surgeon said that my wife must go through the pain barrier and bend it, we passed that on the physiotherapist.
My wife has a very high pain threshold and the physiotherapist was unable to bend the knee by more than about 15% due to both to the pain it caused and the fact it kept locking. She referred us back to the surgeon suggesting an MRI scan as she thought there was another problem other than the quadriceps tendon. The MRI scan was performed and the surgeon said that it showed everything to be ok however I asked him for a copy of the MRI report for the physiotherapist. The Physiotherapist read the report and said that it stated a grade 2 damage to the MCL, I don’t know how the surgeon missed that but he did.
Now it gets worse, we tried to make another appointment with the surgeon but he has signed her off and left the recovery in the hands of the physiotherapist, who isn’t getting anywhere. This Friday we have appointment with another knee specialist, which we are very nervous about.
So following an accident which damaged the quadriceps tendon and MCL my wife is now left in pain and unable to walk without crutches. The accident happened in May and the surgery was performed in august.
My wife was very active and only in her 40s, now she is becoming very depressed. Although I am taking to see a different specialist this Friday can anyone out there offer any suggestion as I am at my wits ends. Russ Riley