Doctors are warning that an injury that caused my left leg to collapse in my mid-30s has left me with a significant disability and a lingering medical issue.
I am an orthopedist and a family physician.
And I have seen enough to know that the knee is not a place where you should be able to relax and not feel stressed, said Dr. Patrick Deen, who has spent more than 15 years working with patients with knee injuries.
I have been told by doctors that my knee is the only part of my body that can collapse, Deen told me in an interview at his clinic in Austin.
It’s not that I can’t walk or talk, he said.
But if I try to do something and the knee collapses, it can be catastrophic.
Deen has spent years treating patients who have suffered ACL injuries, but his experience has not been uniform.
He said he has seen patients who suffered ACL tears, fractures and even a partial loss of sensation, and he has also seen patients with severe pain.
I was told I could not move, De-en said.
I felt like a machine.
I can walk, but my hand was not able to get around the chair.
I couldnt do anything to stop it.
Deen said he and other doctors have not been able to replicate what he has witnessed.
De-eng’s experience has left him feeling frustrated, isolated and alone.
I feel like I can do whatever I want to do.
I just cant seem to stop myself from feeling like I am on my own, De En said.
It is frustrating, De Encens.
It is not uncommon for patients with ACL injuries to have to wear a brace, a knee brace, or a knee extender.
Some patients also must wear a mask.
Some patients are left with a range of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, headaches, and a constant need to move, even when they are sitting.
Doctors often prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the symptoms.
But when a patient becomes increasingly unable to walk, their symptoms can change, causing them to have seizures.
Some can even become very lethargic.
Some develop paralysis.
I think I will just walk away, De Ens said.
And then my doctor will say, I can fix it.
I am the doctor here.
I can put an extension on my leg.
But I am not going to put it on.
The only thing I can think of is not doing it.
Dr. Eric R. Schaffer, a Texas orthopedists, said that patients often find it difficult to find a doctor willing to work with them on the rehabilitation process, let alone see a specialist who specializes in ACL surgery.
Schaber said that most patients will never be able in any other way to return to full health, and it can take years before patients are fully recovered.
The knee is like the nerve center of the body, and the way it’s connected is very important, Schaffer said.
In order to function properly, the knee has to have a lot of nerve cells, so it needs to be connected to all of those.
If you have an injury, you can’t have a functioning knee.
So if you are walking or standing, you have to have the nerve cells to do that.
The nerve cells just don’t function.
When I was in college, I went to a hospital that specialized in knee replacement surgeries, Schaber told me.
They would put me in a machine and put me into a room and just talk to me and ask questions.
I thought, I’m not going in there.
But they did.
They said, We are going to do a lot more work on your knee.
And they said, Your knee is going to get better.
And then it does, and then it gets worse, Schauer said.
I really didn’t want to be an orthodist, I just wanted to do the best job possible.
He told me he had never seen anything like it, but after I was released from hospital and back home, the doctor told him he would be able, and that he was.