Okay so I recently fractured my patella lifting hay . Thankfully the patella itself did not break, but the cartilage and bone underneath it was shaved off and went into my calf muscle. I had surgery and have my exercises to do before I get into physical therapy but I need a bit of help from people who have experienced this (or any knee injury) or people who know about the medical profession!
1. From what I can tell (through personal research and some early conversations with my suregon) patella fractures can cause a high risk of arthritis (especially in patients that have a genetic history of arthritis). I've been thinking and wondered if I should take MSM or another supplement to help curb this (as every female on both sides of my family have arthritis in the knees)? How well did this work for you or in your experience?
2. What's the best way to bend my knee? I've got it to about 30-60 degrees but I'm not sure which would strengthen it more, by repeatedly bending it or by keeping it there for a while and then doing the same again?
I've got another appointment in a month and know that I should contact the surgeon with these concerns and I'm planning too next month, I'd just like some input beforehand as he's out of town right now. I am keeping in mind that it's going slow and I'm only on day 3 of being able to bend it but it's driving me nuts because I'm afraid I'm doing something wrong or there's some trick to strengthing the muscles and knee better that I've failed to pick up on.
Thank you in advance!