elvendork64 (elvendork64) wrote in little_details,

Rehab for knee/leg wound.

Setting: Comparable to present day U.S. for purposes of technology, etc.

In my story (yup, it's NaNo,) my MC is in the process of recovering from a pretty serious leg wound which he sustained in war. It's becoming more and more apparent to me as I write this that I need a better idea of what the rehab would be like.

Details: I want him to be pretty significantly injured, and probably have at least a limp for the rest of his life, but I don't want him to actually loose the leg. After sustaining the wound, it wasn't properly treated for a while (as in, anywhere from one to six months,) other than being bandaged and probably given some antibiotics. This was in a war with a level of technology roughly equivalent to anywhere between, say, Vietnam war and present. I know nothing about guns... It was probably some kinda rifle-y thing? I imagine that he was shot in the kneecap, but this could be changed to somewhere else in the leg if it's completely implausible for him to keep the leg after that.

What I'd like to know is after it's finally treated properly, to what level will he regain use of the leg, and how long will it take?

Previous research attempts: To be honest, I haven't been keeping track that closely. I've trawled around Wikipedia, looked at quite a lot of pages about IRA kneecapping, and checked out some pages about recovery from gunshot wounds to the legs. The bit that I'm missing that I'm pretty sure would make a significant difference is the delay of proper treatment.

Thanks all.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc), ~medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds

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