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Drop and landing from 3 feet high, Knee pain
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:29:07 pm »
Hi All,
It's my first time to post here, my pleasure!

I drop off from 3 feet high and landed just on my left knee on Sep 27th (single straight leg), thus my left knee was impacted by the ground force and hurt. I still can walk at that moment, but felt immediate pain on the femour-tibial joint, no obvious swelling on the knee.

On Oct 17th, I received the MRI scan for left knee, the bone is OK, no tibial plateau  fracture found, no bone marrow edema found, and the meniscus & ligament seem ok, not bad. In other words, no obvious injury found from the MRI scan,  But now I still feel pain in the femour-tibial joint and I know it was hurt. I can not bear the weight with my left knee now. I doubt if the MRI scan to my left knee was not sensitive enough to catch the damage and could miss something. Can anyone help? How to treat my knee injury?

Many thanks!

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Re: Drop and landing from 3 feet high, Knee pain
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 04:47:38 pm »
Bone bruising? Although you say not? Very painful and if extensive, can take 12 months to fully resolve

Did the knee specialist do all the manual tests for meniscus tears? Often
missed on MRI

Follow RICE protocol and if no better in a few months see a specialist. Get a phtsio programme, therapeutic ultrasound, heat, and massage may help healing

Good luck
« Last Edit: November 11, 2017, 05:03:49 pm by Vickster »
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Re: Drop and landing from 3 feet high, Knee pain
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 09:18:07 am »
Hi  @ Vickster
Thank you very much for your suggestion!
There's no bone marrow edema found in my MRI scan, does it mean NO bone bruising? Assume the bone brusing exist, there should be always bone marrow edema or high signal found in the T2 image, however, there is no high signal to the bone in T2 image.

Regarding my meniscus, the McMurray Test comes back negative,it should be fine. Here I attached a schematic to decribe the the heavy impact between the femour & tibial with the deformation of the cartilage & meniscus which was caused by the drop landing.

I thought the contusion of the meniscus & cartilage is the main injury in my case, therefore, I am looking for some effective treatments beside the RICE therapy.

How about PRP injection to my knee injury? Do you think it will be helpful?