View Full Version : Corollary to car crash

09-02-2005, 06:34 AM
Medical type question this time.

How badly would a knee have to be broken for the person to limp the rest of their life, and have fairly restriced movement (ie, can't run).

09-02-2005, 08:23 AM
If she didn't have physical therapy or the doctor wasn't a specialist, it would stand to reason it didn't heal right and she would have a limp. If there was tendon or ligament damage along with the break it could be quite restrictive...and there would be a possibility of having an early onset of arthritis because of the injury.

But I'm not a doctor...nor do I play one on TV!

09-02-2005, 03:15 PM
Kristie is right. If the damage was to the joint itself the odds of it healing perfectly are pretty slim. As stated before, there is also a lot of tissue, tendon, ligament, etc. to consider. If any of those are damaged enough so that they didn't heal properly, a limp is quite likely.

09-02-2005, 04:41 PM
I had my left knee hyperextended (bent the wrong way) when sliding into second base playing softball as a sophomore in high school. I was probably 15 at the time; I didn't break anything in my knee, and was seen immediately by a physician. They didn't cast the knee or do surgery, and everything was fine...for a while. By the time I was 19, I had severe arthritis in my knee. Bad enough to require physical therapy so that I could walk to and from my college classes. It still bothers me when the weather is bad, but at least it'll hold my weight in the mornings now.

On the other hand, I knew a girl who was dropped on her knees to a gym floor from a cheerleading build-up; she was tossed in the air, they missed catching her, and (luckily) she landed on her knees. Both kneecaps were severely fractured. She didn't cheer the rest of that school year, but with a lot of hard work and determination, she cheered her next school year and enrolled in gymnastics classes. She doesn't limp at all now.

I think it depends on a lot of factors - how fast treatment is sought, patient determination, and the technical medical ability of the physicians.


09-02-2005, 06:49 PM
Kay... sounds right. She doesn't have a specialist docter or physical therapy, so this will work.


09-02-2005, 10:54 PM
I just wanted to add something - I fell down the stairs years ago and either ripped or stretched my knee cap out of place. I didn't go to the doctor though it was pretty bad. I do not limp, but my knee locks up on occasion.