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16 and been thru 12 months of pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 17, 2006
  • 08:22 AM

i was 15 when i had an accident involving an exercise bike which caused pain in my knee and a prominent limp. I went to my doctor and he then sent me to a physiotherapist. She diagnosed me with a abnormality in my knee alignment. After attending a few sessions with her i stopped going and kept going on with life. I couldnt run, fully rotate my leg and i had a lot of pain in my knee. about 5 months after, I had a serious fall and was taken to hospital in excruciating pain in my knee. The doctors there took xrays of my knee and all seemed normal. They diagnosed me with torn ligaments. I was advised to attend physiotherapy in the mean time. I went to a different physio from that of before and completed pain-filled sessions of physio. I had much more pain in my knee and limited movemnt of my leg (couldnt cross legs, rotate it much or bend my leg up) One day I had a session with a new physio as my usual one was busy. I pointed out that i thought one of my legs was shorter than the other, he examined me closer and he immediatley rang my GP and told him he was pretty sure there was something wrong with my hip. I got an X-ray on my hip and sure enough a slipped epiphysis was discovered. I was admitted to a children's hospital and under went orthapaedic surgery on my hip. They pinned my epiphysis back on. It has been 8 weeks since my operation and i am making slow but steady progress. I still get pain, but my physio is helping me with that. I can't walk without a crutch right now, but hopefully soon i can loose it and walk freely. My hip will never be normal again as it was left too late. But, I'm lucky that i still ahve my 2 legs. Its hard being a 16 year old
who can't do things everyone else can, but i will be able to soon.

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