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Knee injury - have to wait for treatment. Any exercises I can do in the mean time?

Scrappy2012-08-30 09:12:29 +0000 #1
Hello Ladies! 5 days ago I crashed pretty specularity which I'm guessing damaged the ligaments in my right knee. There is still some swelling, lateral stability is weak at best and I don't have very good range of motion. Unfortunately, my husband just started a new job and so we won't have health insurance for another 4-6 weeks.

I know I need to see a Dr. but that's just not going to happen until we have insurance. I've already been told by a nurse they will need to look at it with an MRI.

(I'm getting acupuncture done on Sat as an alternative).

What I was wondering is for those of you that have had knee injuries, were there any exercises recommended to help strengthen the area or keep it loose?

I would like to keep it from atrophying until I can get into the sports med clinic in 4-6 weeks.

Thanks!

Scrappy
thekarens2012-08-30 09:20:24 +0000 #2
I wouldn't think you should do anything until it's checked out, but if you insisted I'd pick swimming. I've had a few friends with knee replacements and surgery and they always do aqua therapy.
Melalvai2012-08-30 10:01:08 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Scrappy

I would like to keep it from atrophying until I can get into the sports med clinic in 4-6 weeks.

You can rebuild the muscle. 4-6 weeks is a long time to go during which the injury could get worse and progress to requiring surgery. Swimming is a good suggestion. You can call now to get your appt made 6 weeks from now. If you wait until insurance kicks in to get the appt made, you might be waiting another 4-6 wks!
Hi Ho Silver2012-08-30 09:36:29 +0000 #4
Maybe I'm missing something, but even if you wait until the new insurance kicks in, won't the injury be declared a "pre-existing condition" and, therefore, not covered under the new policy?
jessmarimba2012-08-30 10:39:59 +0000 #5
I'd think if he has already started working there, you could go now and the insurance should still cover you, you might just have to file the claims later. I think the coverage should kick in on the date you start work, even if all of the paperwork and getting stuff taken care of isn't done yet. But maybe it's different there.
Scrappy2012-08-30 10:42:02 +0000 #6
Hmm, I'm not sure how his coverage will work for pre-existing conditions. I will cross that bridge when I get there, but in the mean time I need to keep working that leg. Swimming is a great idea but I don't have ready access to a pool. Any machines at the gym that will help?

Thanks so much!

Scrappy
malkin2012-08-30 12:05:55 +0000 #7
Rest and ice.

Maybe for insurance purposes, the accident hasn't even happened yet.
spokewench2012-08-30 12:15:08 +0000 #8
I would not try to strengthen an injured knee if you don't even know what you have done. First off, even if you did something to the knee, a doctor would not have you doing strengthening exercises right off the bat. You must get the swelling, etc. out of the knee before you would ever do strenghthening things.

So, rest, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatories if your stomach can tolerate them, try not use as much as possible; no exercises!

Then once you know if you have injured something. You need to find out if it is serious or not. If it is really requires surgery, then you have the surgery. And, then any exercises to strengthen would be done well after surgery.

If no surgery is necessary and it is just a minor injury, once the inflammation, etc. is gone, you could slowly begin strengthening exercises which probably should be supervised by a PT or some such professional.

spoke

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