New User needs advice - - Posted by LBoxer (LBoxer), 11 June 2004
I have been having pain on the outside of my right knee in the back. It hurts most when squatting or kneeling or when I try to straighten my leg after sitting for an extended period of time.
I don't remember a specific injury but these symptoms have been getting progressively worse for the last 8-10 weeks. My knee has buckled when going down stairs, but doesn't do it all the time (thankfully). I have three dogs that are such a size that they often run into me hitting me right at the knees from any given direction. There have been a number of times when these collisions (because they are just so happy to see me!) have caused pain, but not the type of pain I would associate with tearing anything.
Is it possible to tear a meniscus without knowing the moment it happens??
Thank you for your help!
Posted by sienna (sienna), 12 June 2004
Yep it is possible to tear your meniscus without knowing the exact moment. It happened to me. I had a real sharp pain in the back of medial side of my knee. Your pain sounds similar to mine - when squatting or bending.
Having your dogs run into you often can destablise your knee leaving it open to injury. For me, it was a kick to the knee which started my probs. Then eventually, my meniscus tore.
So basically, what you need to do now, is get a referral to an orthapedic specialist, preferrably one who specialises in knees. They can examine you and will probably send you for an MRI. After that, they will tell you what it shows and work out a plan from there.
If it is a tear, you will require surgery to fix it. Tears generally don't heal by themselves because they have a poor blood supply. You can find out more info on the front page.
In the meantime, avoid squatting as this will make it worse. If pain increase, try icing and elevating it.
PS You can check out the list of surgeons also listed on the front page.
Posted by dm (dm), 13 June 2004
Well, the first thing I'd do is work on teaching those dogs a "stop" command, so they quit charging you. You also should get the knee evaluated to see what's wrong. You could have damaged it from being charged into by the dogs.
Posted by LBoxer (LBoxer), 14 June 2004
Thank you for your input. I have an appointment to see an OS on Wednesday afternoon to have the knee evaluated.
I am working on that 'STOP' command with the dogs-two do very well with it, however, the third seems to have selective hearing!
Thank you again for the advice, I'll let you know what the doctor says.
Posted by dm (dm), 15 June 2004
Maybe the reluctant one will listen when his buddies get treats for listening first? I dunno, may be worth a shot if it saves your knees!
Dont forget that ice packs can help the pain, in the meantime.... hope it turns out to be minor problems...good luck with the doc!
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