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knee locked?
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:19:57 PM »
Third post on this site.Right, here goes.

My daughter is 16 years old and on the 29th August, her left knee popped quite loud. Her knee was locked. She was limping around the place. As, she is used to this she knew what to do to treat it. Her knee often locks and unlock itself. However on the 2nd September she fell on her left knee, the knee that was locked. Her knee swelled up, but she carried on limping and using the rice method. But by Monday, her knee popped again and gave way on her. We decided to take her to the emergency room where she sees someone at the hospital for. They told her and me to come back on Wednesday of that week to see someone as it was quite bad. My daughter is using crutches and can't weight bear on her knee or even go up the stairs. Her knee won't unlock.

My daughter was digionsed with Chondromalacia Patella in both of her knees before this happened. She was told she would need an realignment of her kneecap to shift the damage away from her worse side. So, we went back and got told that he couldn't do anything and that we needed to see someone next week on Monday.

We went to the appointment on Monday and to say the least I am frustrated and upset  >:( She has now got told that SHE now doesn't need the operation to help her. The MRi that she had at the other hospital was wrong- none of the things on the referral to physio was correct. They didn't do anything for her knee- just told her to keep using her crutches and wait until it unlocks. The fact is that it won't unlock at all! They try to give more physio-intensive physio because she was hyprosensive to the touch- probably because she was in so much pain. I simply told them no- enough is enough.

Why give her more physio when she has already had two years of it and it has done nothing? Even the physio admitted that to her, telling her that she could not do anything with her. They gave her a blood test, saying it could just behind the kneecap that is causing the pain now. I asked what they would do and they said even more physio. What is the point? I just want her to get somewhere, my daughter is in a lot of pain. Her knees won't stop popping, grinding, cracking and giving way. She can't even bend her left knee at this moment. Her knee has now been locked for 3 weeks now.

Please? Has anyone got any advice for her? I didn't know where to put this.

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Re: knee locked?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 07:07:18 PM »
Can you go privately for a second opinion from a patella specialist? Someone like Jonathan Eldridge in Bristol.

I'd go back to the GP and see what they can offer in terms of referral and pain management to facilitate Physio if possible.
The locking sounds like meniscus in addition to kneecap maltracking potentially, often missed on MRI. But you need an expert

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