The Physio Who Needed Physio: Part 1
What happens when the experts need help? A look in to what happens when a physiotherapist needs surgery written from the eyes of our very own lead physiotherapist Patrick Mulligan
Ah, the irony. Those 6 years in University spent studying Human Physiology and then Physiotherapy, promptly followed by 9 years of course after course to hone skill ones clinical skills. Acupuncture to Pilates and Orthopaedic Medicine.
Thousands of clients seen across a diverse range of settings from professional sports people to those unfortunate enough to have car crashes and have Ilizarov frames holding their shattered bones together.
Hours on end writing and fine-tuning rehabilitation programmes. Session after session re assuring, cajoling and encouraging clients that everything will be ok and here I am about to go under the knife myself for a knee arthroscopy.
And you know what I’m nervous…
So it’s probably worth breaking down what a knee injury or knee pain is & why a physiotherapist is so used to seeing them…
Knee pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal presentations we see as physiotherapists.
This can include
– Meniscal or Cartilage tears
– Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears
– Posterior Cruciate Ligament tears
– Knee Bursa problems
– Medial/Lateral Collateral ligament Tears
– Patellar Tendinosis
– Runners Knee
– Anterior Knee Pain
– Chondral Defects
The latter is my symptom and this is a side effect of an injury playing gaelic football. The chondral surface is basically a shiny veneer at the end of the bone & unfortunately for me there was damage to this and a fragment decided to set sail and move around inside until my knee locked.
Knee Injury Diagnosis and Surgery:
So, how do you we fix common knee injuries? Initial management strategies such as ice, compression, rest, anti inflammatories along with isolated non weight bearing strengthening exercises are great for self-management, however this time it wasn’t the case…
An MRI scan was the next step & it confirmed the problem and the consultant outlined the management. Keyhole or arthroscopic surgery would be the ticket!
So, I’ve fasted from 12pm (no easy feat for me). I’ve taken my lovely preload drink and I’m ready to rock, I will see you on the other side, hopefully…