Re: Knee Pain - hurts above the knee and down to heel - lateral release?
My problem started in January of 2006 when I stood up from a kneeling position. My kneecap popped out to the side when I stood up. I didn't twist my knee or anything. I had some pain at the top of my kneecap when it happened, but most of my pain was on the outer part of my kneecap. My injury wasn't correctly diagnosed until July 2006. Because of my financial situation at the time, I had to postpone the surgery until this year. After I broke my hand in March because my knee gave out, I knew I couldn't put off the surgery anymore.
The surgery and the recovery weren't too bad although I have had two setbacks. The surgery took less than an hour and a half. It was outpatient. I was only at the hospital for about 6.5 hours total. I used a walker for about a week, but I was bearing weight on my left leg the day of the surgery. I had staples in for two weeks. Those hurt. As far as pain meds go, I took a pill every four hours for the first week, and a pill every 6 to 7 hours during the second week. After I got my staples out, I was taking the pain pills more frequently. I think that was because I was bending and using my knee more. (My leg had been in an immobilizer while the staples were in.) By my six week check-up my range of motion was pretty much normal. There was some swelling and pain still, but the surgeon said that was normal. The week after that appointment, I developed bursitis in that knee. Oh yeah, at my six week appointment, the surgeon diagnosed me with shin splints in my left leg as well. I am still taking the narcotic pain meds once or twice a day. I have pain from so many things in my left leg, I don't know if the pain is still from the surgery or not. I am also taking meds to try to alleviate the bursitis..I am really hoping that will clear up soon. I have been going to PT 3 times a week since a month after surgery. That is progressing well. Despite all of the added issues that I have had during the recovery process, the benefits I have noticed made the surgery well worth it. Since the surgery, my kneecap tracks normally, and the type of pain that I had before the surgery is gone because the surgeon cleaned out some cartilage damage.
I hope this helped. If you have any more questions, please ask me!