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Please help me regarding DD's kneecap!


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Sunday night she slipped on the kitchen floor and somehow dislodged her knee. She was screaming in pain and managed to push it back into position. I gave her nurofen and got her to elevate it and ice it for a bit but she was far too distraught to really do this properly. 

 

I've tried without success to get a physio to see her - they all seem to be on holiday! Still waiting for one to get back to me and hopefully that could be Thursday but at this rate the soonest anyone can see her is the weekend.

 

It keeps "popping out" again and is causing a lot of pain - needless to say she is not dancing at the moment.

 

Can anyone advise what I can do please?

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Could she be seen at A&E in the hope that she will be sent for x ray and the orthopaedic specialists will be involved in putting it back into place as necessary? Or perhaps contact your GP by phone for speed and ask if she could be referred for orthopaedic opinion, whether via x ray or otherwise, on an urgent basis? It needs to be sorted out urgently - even if she was a non-dancer that would be the case.

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I second what Legseleven has said.

 

 

I am not familiar with the UK healthcare system to suggest how to access emergency/urgent care but in the USA we do have "urgent care" centers (non-life threatening but urgent).  

 

I think this needs first an orthopedic opinion which would almost certainly include x-ray.  First comes diagnosis, then healing, then therapy - is usually how it works.

 

I send my best wishes for a good resolution.

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I echo what everyone else has said, it is an orthopoedic assessment you need in the first instance.

When my dd was younger and very involved in artistic gymnastics, she dislocated her knee cap.  Her coaches actually popped it back in but they immediately stopped her from weightbearing on it and sent us straight to A&E.  Luckily it was a straightforward dislocation with no further complications but if i remember correctly she was advised not to weight bear on it all for 2 weeks and no gymnastics or dance for a further 4-6 weeks.  It healed completely and she has had no further problems with it.

Wishing you dd a speedy recovery.

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A&E every time :) Though 111 are good too and can get you an appt with put of hrs dr in your area. I needed this for Lucy this week and got an appt locally in 40mins. Also needed A&E and was surprised to be in and put in an hour! Sometimes NHS isn't do bad :)

Hope all goes well and you get the referral and treatment you need!

Sx

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An update - good news, it's just a soft tissue injury, with some bruising/swelling. Definitely not actually dislocated.  She has been recommended nurofen/paracetamol plus no ballet for a week. They did an x-ray... did not refer for physio but i will cough up and pay for that privately just to make sure.

 

coincidentally, the nurse practitioner who saw my DD said she herself used to do ballet and wanted to be a dancer, but was too tall for ballet. So she became a nurse. She could see DD was a ballet dancer from the way she lifted her leg when asked. She gave DD a little pep talk about following her dream. 

 

quite amazing when you think about it! life never ceases to surprise me.

 

Thank you all for your support!! xx

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