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Offline Chrono

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Pain... but no swelling?
« on: September 17, 2002, 04:51:36 PM »
Hello,
I searched around for a topic similar to mine but I couldn't find anyone with the same symptoms.  Maybe someone has some insight... here goes:

I'm 25 yrs old, and last Sunday (9/7) I injured my right knee playing soccer.  My knee was slightly bent, and the goalie crashed into my leg... causing it to bend "inward".  I don't really remember hearing anything.. it just felt like someone ran up and hit me in the outside of my knee with a baseball bat!  At the time I thought for sure it was bad... but the pain didn't last long.

After icing it right away and taking some anti-inflamitories, I noticed that my knee did not really swell at all.  At first it felt stiff... but now it feels more "loose" then anything.  The very next day I could walk without limping at all, so I figured I was fine.  But certain twisting and bending movements result in a sharp little pain on the outside of my knee.  

Like a true IDIOT, I played softball anway last Wednesday (9/11), and my knee felt very unstable.  With each step the pain seemed to get worse.  Again though, no swelling at all!  Running straight wasn't too bad... but turning to my right was not really possible.

Is it worth seeing a doctor, or should I take a week or 2 off from sports and then see how it is?  The pain isn't that bad, and if I take it easy and walk carefully I don't really get much at all.... but "side stepping" to my right is something I CAN'T do.  Any advice or info is greatly appreciated... thanks!!!

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2002, 09:11:59 PM »
Hi

It is certainly worht getting this seen to, even if it seems trivial.

It might be that there is injury to a ligament within the knee and that can be address now, rather than later on if it starts causing you more problems.

Do try to rest as well and keep taking the anti inflammatories.

Iona

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2002, 01:41:03 AM »
Just to let you know, swelling isn't the only indication something is wrong.  I had numerous problems for about 10 years before I had surgery and my knee did not swell one time.  I'm not saying anything is wrong with your knee, but just be careful.  Just because it didn't swell doesn't necessarily mean it's ok.  

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2002, 03:53:15 PM »
Thanks for the advice.... I decided to call my doctor, and I have an appointment for next Tuesday.  I was looking closer at my knees last night, and I may have a little swelling... it's tough to tell.  My legs have practically NO fat on them, so their pretty skinny and I don't usually swell too much.  Heck, last year I broke my Fibula and I limped around on it for a week before I went to my doctor!  It was a little puffy looking, but that's it.

This is bad timing for me... I just started my soccer season, and hockey season is right around the corner.  I'll admit, i'm not looking forward to visiting the doctor because I know he's going to tell me to stop all my activities! :P

I'll let you know how I make out... thanks again!

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2002, 04:23:56 PM »
For what it's worth, when I tore my ACL I did not hear a pop and I had very little swelling. In fact, I can't remember it swelling at all. Glad you decided to go visit your doctor. An unstable knee is not a good thing.

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2002, 05:07:57 PM »
Just a quick update... I saw my ortho yesterday and so far so good.  He said my knee was a little loose, but he didn't think it was too bad.  He also said all my symptoms describe an ACL injury, and that he did notice some swelling... so I guess I was kind of wrong on that one. ::)  To my surprise, he still wants me to get an MRI to rule out serious damage.  He's usually a VERY conservative doctor, but i'm glad i'm getting it looked at.

My knee is actually starting to feel a little better, although it still just doesn't feel quite "right".  The pain isn't too bad, so i'm guessinng it's just a sprain or a slight tear.  The MRI is today (my first!) so hopefully we'll find out soon enough.

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2002, 07:59:40 PM »
Got great news from my MRI results.... no ligament damage at all! :D

There was a little "bad" news... I found out I actually shattered my 'Lateral Tibial Plateau'.  My doc said I must have a high pain threshold for limping around on it for 2 weeks.  Since I was walking he really though there was no fracture.  I'm on crutches for 3 weeks now, and then i'll get my checkup.  My doc also said the MRI center was AMAZED that my knee area was so shattered, yet I didn't rupture my ACL.  I guess I have strong ligaments!

So obviously I'll take a bone injury over a ligament injury any day.  While i'm still bummed about being on crutches and missing my various sporting events, I can handle a month off... then I'll be back strong!  Thanks for advising me to go to the doctor, or else I would have had no idea what happened to me.

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2011, 10:18:19 PM »
I agree with previous posts...I have knee pain but never had swelling

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2013, 01:51:45 PM »
hi my problem is same as above given by chrono .....I'm 24 yrs old, and last friday(18-01-2013)  I injured my left knee in bus.  My knee was slightly bent inside by the constant force applied for 5 to 6 second on my knee from front, ... causing it to bend slightly "inward".  I don't really  hear anything.. it just felt like some constant force applied on my knee for 5 to 6 second because all my body weight puts on my knee...  i feel little bit of pain at that tim... but the pain didn't last long.

 I noticed that my knee did not really swell at all.  but my knee feels unstable in movement...and i feels some bone sound in walking.  But when i bend my knee inside  and stand streight and transfer all my body weight equally on my both legs i feels a sharp little pain on the outside of my left knee. 

is there any serious problem..??...could i ever  run in my life??.  Any advice or info is greatly appreciated... thanks!!!

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 06:16:33 PM »
My advice would be to see a doctor (preferably a knee specialist, depending on which country you are in this could be quick or take a while), get your knee examined, maybe have an MRI and an X Ray and see what the professionals think. 

It is impossible for someone who hasn't seen and manipulated your knee to advise.  It could really be anything (or indeed nothing much) - the knee is a very complex joint :)  Certainly, it is way too early to say what if any impact this may have on activity in the medium to longer term

In the meantime, RICE - rest, ice, compression, elevation and certainly avoid doing anything that makes it sore

Good luck :)
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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2013, 12:45:59 PM »
my MRI SCAN shows my left knee joint has  small depressed fracture along the lateral tibial plateau with mild knee joint effusion...

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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013, 01:19:40 PM »
my MRI SCAN shows my left knee joint has  small depressed fracture along the lateral tibial plateau with mild knee joint effusion...
is there any serious matter??
shall i undergoes to surgery ??.....or this can be recover by normal plaster ???

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Re: Pain... but no swelling?
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013, 01:28:01 PM »
Well you need to take advice if your doctor but I would guess a period on crutches at the very least. Take advice from the professionals
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
Partial meniscectomy, mfx not needed - smooth scar tissue over OC lesion, shaving of grade III defect lateral aspect of patella
2nd scope on 16/12/10, chondroplasty & Durolane jab
New MRI shows lat meniscus tear & other stuff
Ostenil plus jab