Posted by Gramps
on March 30, 2000 at 08:43:35:
In Reply to: "splinting" posted by maxieford on March 29, 2000 at 17:08:07:
: My mother had surgery for a quad tendon repair. She has been wearing a brace on the leg
: and having trouble walking, as the "good" leg has arthritis in the knee. When she walks she
: locks the "good" leg and drags it. A physical therapist mentioned that this is called "splinting"
: and happens when the leg is called upon to bear more weight than it can. Has anyone ever heard
: of this problem and what can I do to help her bend that knee while walking. The therapist said it
: may be something that doesn't correct itself. Thanks for any advice.
I would think her best bet would be to get in an arthritis water program. The pool I go to has a chair on a hoist that can be lowered into the water, if the person can't get in by themselves. Two sessions a week would probably help a great deal.
If the pool is not an option, then how about the elastic sponge type knee braces that offer some support but are not as immobile as the stiff braces?
She's lucky to have someone like you to care and try to find some help for her...Good luck to you both,,Gramps