Knee-Bending in Croatia

You may or may not know I had a bizarre accident in early January this year. Technically, I fell off my sofa at home. The more detailed version isn’t much better. Let’s just say I was standing on the arm of the sofa, reaching up for something and I misjudged my dismount. Either way the result was the same. A badly twisted knee resulting in three operations. I’ve been told that with a bit of luck and a lot of physio I should be back to “as good as it’s going to get” by Easter 2013. It’s been a challenging year. But there was a turning point when I went for treatment at sports clinic in Croatia called Terme Selce.

My brother-in-law recommended I visit the clinic during our annual pilgrimage to Croatia (my wife is from Zagreb). So we geared our holiday along the Dalmatian Coast a few miles from the clinic. I thought I’d probably go along for a couple of treatments but I ended up going for 5 hours everyday during the 10 day holiday. Time well spent. They staff were excellent – professional and hard working as well as relaxed and with a great sense of humour. They assessed me on Day 1 and worked out a programme specific to my needs. Each day was a mix of physiotherapy gym work, ultra-sound and laser-based treatments. I began to feel better within days.

They had some amazing equipment there. I thought I’d draw one of my favourite. It’s drawn from memory so you’ll have to allow me a bit of artistic license

A Device For Giving A Helping Hand To A Knee Injury Patient So He May Try To Walk Without Using A Crutch.

(With apologies to Rube Goldberg and William Heath Robinson – two enormous influences when it came to creating this drawing).

A willing patient (A) kicks over a glass of water (B) causing a member of staff (C) to slip head-over-heals, thus kicking a plate (D) that, in turn, punches a boxing glove (E) back into the face of the willing patient (A). His head rocks backwards knocking the handle of a hammer (F) which knocks against the back of a large bird house (G). Birds (H) are projected out through the open door landing on top of a bowl of bird seed (I). The birds begin eating the seed causing the bowl to rise (J) thus lowering another clinic staff member sitting on a suspended seat (K). The staff member’s bottom eventually squashes a horn (L) startling yet another clinic staff member (M) forcing him to lean heavily against the side of a large bellows (N). Air is forced along a higgledy-piggledy series of pipes (O) eventually blowing out a birthday candle (P). A baby (Q) upset by the candle going out, cries and throws a toy out of the pram (R). The toy travels down along a series of tilted funnels (S) before landing on the outstretched knee of another clinic staff member (T) causing his leg to twitch and his foot to kick another plate (U) which in turn pushes a large gloved hand (V) into the poised bottom of the reluctant patient, thus giving him a helping hand (and gentle nudge forward), so that he may take his first steps without a crutch (W).

So thanks to ALL the staff at Terme Selce. I still have a long way to go but they set me along the right path.

And if you ever find yourself facing a long period of recovery you might consider looking them up. The walls in the gym are covered with framed signed photos of famous professional sportsmen and women from a variety of sports (including football, skiing, handball, basketball).

It may seem a long way to go for a treatment, but if the injury is long term it just might be one of the best investment you ever make.



7 comments on “Knee-Bending in Croatia

  1. nicole snitselaar on said:

    I sent the link to a friend who suffers alot of her knee !
    Thank you for the information.
    I wonder if it would work on my peripheral neuropathy…
    Was it expensive ? I have never been Croatie.
    Wonderful drawing !!

  2. David on said:

    I had a ‘family-connection’ discount (!), but it wasn’t too expensive at all compared to over here. A fantastic team over there – they’re miracle workers, really. Tell your friend to check it out. Oh, and if you’ve never been to Croatia you really must. It’s beautiful.

    • nicole snitselaar on said:

      I must wait to see her reaction… she’s up to the neck preparing saturday’s christmas fête at church !
      In France I am lucky not to pay anything at all…
      The Phisiotherapist comes twice a week to my house, what ever I do or go to, all my expenses are payed, a 100 %… France is good for that !
      Really very lucky !

      • nicole snitselaar on said:

        my friend has been very interested with your experience ! She would love to have her husband drive her to Croatie next year ! 🙂

        • David on said:

          Great! She should go!

          • nicole snitselaar on said:

            I’ll keep you informed if this post helped at least one person ! 😉

            By the way, I asked some ove your books for my christmas ! I wonder if father christmas will agree to give me children books ! 🙂

  3. Mark on said:

    Some people may feel a little uncomfortable at the prospect of getting a massage because they feel out of control. Tell the massage therapist about any sore areas, such as your back, knees or neck, so that they can avoid them or treat them accordingly. And don’t forget to let them know of your preferences for things like background music, room lighting and temperature. The whole point is for you to be able to relax, so make sure the conditions suit you. 🙂

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