Re: injuries do to dislocated patella
Wow this must be the week of rude therapists and kneecap problems. I'm glad you switched therapists, that was the best thing on your part for him. The thought behind the bracing being bad is that the muscles that support the knee, particularly the quads, can often become weak over time and dependant on the brace itself.
Is he using crutches to get around during his healing time? If not I'd question the doctor. Knee problems do take a long time to heal and need to be treated properly as they take the bulk of pressure from the weight of your body.
Glad to hear his ligaments are in good shape, that's pretty important. Keep working with the doctor and therapist and hopefully over time his knee will heal.
As far as swelling, if it's bad, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off is the general rule. Don't wait until is extremely swollen, it may not help much. He may require icing more often than twice a day.
Good luck to the both of you
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