So my husband has just had his 2nd knee surgery just in the past year!! The 1st knee surgery was to take out some muscle that had "flipped" & was causing him issues with running, PT, & ect.
Well, I have to say that Physical Theropy department is NOT in tuned with one another & I think this is the reason that my husband had to get another knee surgery within the same year (not even just within the year, but actually has only been half a year!!!)
With his 1st surgery the doctors wrote down they had done the surgery where they cleaned up this "flipped" muscle, but when the nurse talked to him & me after his surgery she told us that the doctor did the "fix torn muscle" sugery (which was another option they doctor's had when they did the surgery but took a longer time of recovery). So when my husband went to his PT appointment, they told him to get off crutches & took his bandages off. I was totally confused & asked them why they were doing this when I was told that my husband had a major surgery & wasn't suppose to be off crutches for 6 weeks (& this appointment was only a week after his knee surgery). They just told me that he didn't have a major surgery...& they promptly ended the conversation (as if shutting me up).
So we went on with our lifes & he went on the PT. But he kept on coming home & making comments like, "they really hurt me today"..."they had me do even more (the type of exercise that day but wasn't even recommended for that time after his surgery)"...or just complained about how much pain he was in & how he had shooting pains in his knee. & if he had to run PT at his appointment or at work, he always came back limping.
I felt so bad for him. I finally talked him into going back to the doctor to get another x-ray. So, he did. They put him on permanent profile for the time being & found he had another tear in the same knee that they didn't see before or that occurred after his knee surgery. (Most likely, I think, from not getting enough recvery time & PT forcing him to over-work himself). So, they scheduled him for his 2nd knee surgery...
I waited for him at the hospital during his surgery & the doctor actually came out to talk to me this time (the 1st surgery the doc didn't even talk to me like he was suppose to & even when I asked the nurse to speak with him, they still did not bring the doc to me...ugh). Well, the doc told me that he can start putting weight on his leg when he feels comfortable, usually in about 10 days & that they cleaned up his tear in his knee & will try to get him running again in about 6 weeks. I was happy this time that the doc actually came to speak to me & I was in "the know" about my husband's surgery & the recovering time, specifically from the doc himself!
Well, a week a goes by & my husband has a PT appointment just for a checkup. Now this PT doc tells him, "you should have been off crutches a long time ago" & my husband reminds him that he has only had his knee surgery 7 days ago (& his doc said that he should be on crutches for about 10 days...& what is considered "a long time ago" for 7 days???)...not only that but they took off all his bandages off when the nurse that was releasing us told us NOT to take them off until the doc sees him again & takes out his stitches. No when my husband came home & told me this, I was furious...why are all of them telling us different stuff??
I asked my husband why he didn't just tell them, "no, I don't feel comfortable with this. The doc told me to wait until I saw him" & then just not listen to the PT people. But he stated that he could get in trouble for talking back b/c he is only a SPC & they can make him work weekends & even take away pay from him if they felt like it. I just think that is soo terrible! We get one thing from the doc, then PT does something totally different & then my husband is too scared of the Army to say anything & he is in pain & doesn't feel comfortable doing this stuff.
Well, now my husband just got back from the doc to get his profile & stitches out. He said that they didn't say anything about what PT did was wrong after he talked to them (so then I guess it's ok to be told different stories & not know which one to go by??) But not only that...but on his profile it states "NO walking" (including NO PT, no running, ect)...then why the hell does PT have my husband off crutches & why isn't the doc.s office saying that PT is wrong for doing so?? Are they scared of PT? What in the hell is going on?? grrrrr...
Does anyone else have this issue? I can't believe what is going on!!
.*~Mami of 2~*.