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Knee injury nightmare
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Hello, all. I'm new to the board. I live in TN and on June 19, 2012 suffered an injury to my knee at work. I work at a hospital as a nurse's aide. I was helping an RN get a patient back to bed who had just had a knee replacement the day before. The woman was in her early 60s and obese, and would not help herself with the walker. She kept grabbing me instead of the walker. The nurse kept telling her to stop pulling on me. When we got her to the bed, she grabbed me by the uniform at the shouldersand then flopped back onto the bed...taking me with her. In the proces of trying not to fall on top of her, I ended up twisting my left knee and hip and ended up across the bed, supported by my arms.

There was an immediate "pop" and pain in my knee and it started swelling. My hip hurt, too, but after a few steps and stretches was able to "walk it off" and it hasn't bothered me since. The knee on the other hand is another story. I have been off work since it happened. I can not bear weight on it due to the pain, it catches when I bend it, and feels wobbly and unsteady when I put a bit of weight ont it. I was seen by the Nurse Practicioner in Employee Health twice before being referred to an orthopedic surgeon. The regular xrays showed "no broken bones" and the MRI has shown signs of osteoarthritis, bone spurs, a popliteal cyst, and some osteochondral defect. It says the ACL and MCL are "intact". I had absolutely no pain or problems with this knee before that old woman pulled me down. The first visit to the ortho doc, he did a cortisone injection that hasn't helped me one bit.

The ortho doc says it's "only a sprain" and has today ordered me to physical therapy. But he is very unfriendly and just in and out both times I've seen him and won't specify which ligament is sprained or to what extent. He told me today, as soon as he walked into the room, "I gotta get you back to work, the hospital is mad at me."

I go back to see him after three weeks of PT and he said he will see about getting me back to work at that time.

I don't know what to do. I am concerned that the doc is trying to appease the hospital, the only one in this small town, where he admits patients and does surgery and not looking after my best interests. I was not given panel of doctors to choose from. The first time I went to Employee Health, I was handed a form that had Employee Health and three other doctors/clinics I'd never heard of, and told, "Sign this saying you choose to be seen by Employee Health for this" by the receptionist.

When I was referred to the ortho doc, I was asked if I wanted to drive 100+ miles to see a doc in the next big city, or someone here. I have no way to get that far, so I chose here. That's why I was put to see a doc with ties to the hospital I work for.

Sorry for the length...just scared, frustrated and in pain.
 
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Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-19-2012, 05:54 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - 1171 - 07-19-2012, 08:09 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-19-2012, 08:13 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - brneyedgirl40 - 07-19-2012, 08:24 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-19-2012, 08:54 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-20-2012, 12:21 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-20-2012, 12:21 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-20-2012, 01:08 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-20-2012, 01:08 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-22-2012, 09:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-22-2012, 09:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-22-2012, 10:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-23-2012, 06:58 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-23-2012, 09:25 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-24-2012, 08:42 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-24-2012, 08:42 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-25-2012, 07:52 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-28-2012, 10:18 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-28-2012, 10:27 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-28-2012, 10:18 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-28-2012, 10:33 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-28-2012, 10:33 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-28-2012, 10:45 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-30-2012, 05:34 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - 1171 - 07-30-2012, 05:46 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 07-30-2012, 06:42 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 07-30-2012, 09:57 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - AQA - 07-30-2012, 10:35 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-02-2012, 05:34 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-02-2012, 05:34 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-02-2012, 06:24 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-03-2012, 04:28 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-03-2012, 04:28 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-03-2012, 05:32 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-08-2012, 11:53 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-08-2012, 03:16 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-08-2012, 03:25 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-08-2012, 04:27 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-08-2012, 07:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - jayne - 08-08-2012, 04:52 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-08-2012, 08:37 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-09-2012, 03:18 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - 1171 - 08-09-2012, 04:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-09-2012, 06:23 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-09-2012, 08:40 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - 1171 - 08-09-2012, 09:42 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-09-2012, 09:52 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-10-2012, 11:09 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-11-2012, 12:02 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-12-2012, 10:14 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-12-2012, 10:34 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-13-2012, 02:48 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-13-2012, 05:06 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - kacy257 - 08-13-2012, 05:29 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-13-2012, 05:42 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-13-2012, 09:39 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - AQA - 08-13-2012, 11:28 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-14-2012, 08:57 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-14-2012, 08:57 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-14-2012, 11:14 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-14-2012, 11:03 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - AQA - 08-14-2012, 11:13 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-15-2012, 09:32 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-15-2012, 08:41 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-16-2012, 05:57 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-16-2012, 05:57 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-16-2012, 07:30 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-17-2012, 07:41 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-17-2012, 07:41 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-20-2012, 06:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-20-2012, 06:07 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-21-2012, 12:57 AM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-21-2012, 02:08 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-21-2012, 09:46 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-27-2012, 09:20 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-27-2012, 09:20 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 08-30-2012, 06:55 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - hurt back - 08-31-2012, 07:26 PM
RE: Knee injury nightmare - cherokeegal - 09-13-2012, 09:46 AM

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