Leg weakness; pain and now arthritis in hip and knee
Often there are pre existing conditions in the hip too.
Leg weakness; pain and now arthritis in hip and knee after an injury demands plenty of gentle exercise, good nutrition and watching your weight. Swimming would help.
I was in a car accident in 2009 I was in the passenger seat and had my right leg tightened against the wheel well as I was setting the papers for my new car on the floor, a few blocks away from the dealership, wham. 90mph impact into this wheel well. I can no longer pull my leg to my chest and my leg falls outward/way from body.
An MRI of my back shows "the back of a person much younger" minus one spot in my mid back of "little concern". The doctors "didn't want to get involved", so claimed all my symptoms were MS (I was incredibly active before this accident). I am in my mid 40s. I moved out of that town after "settlement" in 2014. In 2015, I had two hours worth of ortho surgery to my right knee (every tendon and ligament was broken or ruptured minus the medial); have arthritis in my hip and knee.
I have been told that my femoral nerve is trapped, but they can't figure out where; MRI doesn't show it. Meanwhile my thigh muscles are disappearing. The Ortho surgeon just gave me a steroid injection in my knee for arthritis and is talking about sending me to another state for the paralysis as my area doesn't have the expertise and testing. Any suggestions? I can send copies of MRIs if you need them.Hello Michelle,
I replied to this but apparently didn't save it, such a kluts! so here goes again.
Since you are unable to pull your knee to your chest, this looks like a classic hip condition to me; there could be a femoral nerve problem but in the absence of back pain, and radiating pain to your leg when bending in various directions, my thoughts are directed to your hip.
Mm, cars are like toothbrushes; lent to others and even allowing them to drive you, especially in a brand new Ferrari is not such a good idea!
Both knee and hip conditions cause what is known as 'arthrogenic inhibition', most frequently to the quadriceps muscle which will waste and the leg become weak; it's fairly classic.
My best thoughts are regularly to do quad sets, I like to do them sitting with the leg straight, and knee extensions, also sitting, with knee and hip cases. Google it. I should do a video on it too.
Then you must gently mobilise that hip every morning before getting out of bend; some discomfort, but no pain.
Nutritionally look to fatty fish and freshly ground flaxseed for omega-3, and save and freeze your chicken bones; then cover with water and boil, or better still in a pressure cooker. Interesting research from Harvard Medical School on the benefits of the cartilage nutrients from a bouillon turned regularly into a soup.
Using the search function at Chiropractic Help, see our chicken bones page. Sunshine remains the best source of vitamin D, so important for bone integrity; a daily walk in the sun with a hat is the solution.
I hope this contributes; oh, and watch your weight; obesity on top of those injuries will lead quickly to complete knee and hip joint replacements; very expensive, and not nice if they can be avoided.
Chiropractic Help»Hip Pain
» Leg weakness; pain and now arthritis in hip and knee