"Pain after knee injury not improving"
About: Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent / Trauma and orthopaedics Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent Trauma and orthopaedics DE13 0RB
Posted by Cottage (as ),
I injured my knee after falling on a metal staircase at the end of June 2012. I went to Queens Hospital Burton Upon Trent A&E department the following morning as my knee was twice the size and I couldn't walk. I had an x-ray and was told the swelling was too severe to diagnose a fracture or break. I wasn't given crutches or painkillers - despite being in pain. I was signed off work and told to return 7 days later.
I did and although the swelling had gone down slightly my injury hadn't improved. I wasn't re-x-rayed and instead was told to weight bear on my knee 'as this will aid recovery'.
After another 3 - 4 weeks I was still in serious pain, couldn't walk or bend my knee and struggled to drive, even though I had now had to return to work as had no choice. I wasn't given any after care advice and no help at all. I went back to my GP and he was concerned about the swelling so he referred me for an urgent x-ray, as he suspected a missed fracture. I waited another 2 weeks for an x-ray and no fracture could be seen, although fluid had built up.
I was then referred for Physiotherapy (10 weeks after injury) and after my second Physiotherapy session I was told that my knee cap was higher than the other one and that I urgently needed an MRI Scan, as he suspected a tear in my cartilage. I waited a further 2 weeks for this scan and the results show severe bruising to my tibia.
I have now been referred to a trauma & orthopaedic consultant, an appointment I have waited another 3 weeks for.
To summarise - I still cannot bend my knee or kneel on my knee. I am still in pain all day every day and find it difficult to drive and walk, and this is 19 weeks or nearly 5 months after my injury.
I feel like I have been constantly fobbed off, pushed from pillar to post and not believed and it has really affected my everyday life.