Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear (Solving the Recovery)
An Interview with Patrick from Orlando
Patrick’s Injury, Surgery, Stalled Recovery (and Solution)
In November of 2021, Patrick had an accident. At age 57 this was not optimal. He works in aviation and is on his feet a lot. A month after the injury and after a few opinions by good surgeons in the Orlando area, Patrick went in for surgery. An MPFL repair (medial patellofemoral ligament) and bucket handle meniscus repair later, he was released for rehab.
The End…. um… wait… no… NOT the end!
Bucket Handle Tear: A bucket handle tear is a full-thickness tear of the meniscus that most often happens in the inner portion of your medial meniscus. According to the Wheeless’ Textbook of Orthopaedics, bucket handle tears occur three times more often in the medial meniscus than the lateral one.
MPFL: Medial patella-femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is a procedure used to correct serious and recurring dislocation of the kneecap. MPFL is the major ligament which stabilizes the patella and helps in preventing patellar subluxation (partial dislocation) or dislocation.
Three Months Later
In March of 2022, after 30+ PT sessions, incredible pain and a ton of frustration Patrick had to undergo another procedure. This one was called a manipulation under anesthesia. This is a ripping of adhesions (scar tissue) in the knee so he can start the whole process over again. It was at this point that Patrick ‘brought in the big guns’ and enlisted the team from X10 Therapy to solve his recovery.
Listen to the podcast on this page to hear Patrick’s full account of how he solved his MPFL and bucket handle tear using The X10 Knee Recovery System™.
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