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Offline seasa

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chipped Tibia, do I need surgery?
« on: August 22, 2006, 08:23:13 PM »
I have managed to chip off a small piece of bone in the front of my tibia, under my knee cap and it's basically causing swelling & stiffness, and a little pain. We drained it once, and shot it up with cortisone, that lasted for a few days, then it swelled back up again. I may have aggravated it by over doing some bending exercises, my bad.
My Orthopedist want to go in and "sand it down". This sounds simple enough, but will it really do the trick, and give me my mobility back?

I just wonder if I just lay off the bending, kneeling, etc, might it just mellow out on it's own?
I'm very frustrated with it, as I'm not used to being unable to do the bending that my life requires, as I do a bit of dancing. That is how I got the injury in the first place, I slipped in a rehearsal, and smack down right on the front of the knee.

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Re: chipped Tibia, do I need surgery?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006, 12:22:41 PM »

I haven't had any personal experience of chipped bones but if there is a piece of bone broken off then I would think that the broken piece would have to be removed, otherwise its going to be floating about in your knee joint and possibly aggrevating your soft tissue? 

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Re: chipped Tibia, do I need surgery?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2006, 11:37:09 PM »
The piece of bone isn't my doctor's concern actually. I have to wonder though.
I have another appointment with him tomorrow, and I will address that again.
Thanks for your response. :)