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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: johnny_the_boy on August 04, 2007, 05:05:02 PM

Title: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: johnny_the_boy on August 04, 2007, 05:05:02 PM
So I have been playing Futsal (Brazilian indoor Soccer) for a few months now and I think I did a baaaaad thing. I injured my knee in a game about 2+ months ago. Someone came down on my knee sideways while pinning my ankle with their foot. The inital injury was painful, but I still had almost full range of motion, except for deep knee squats, which hurt. I rested it a bit, but continued to play. I would occasionally hit my knee a bit funny in a game and sit out, and it would be a bit sore for a day or two, but I'd be able to play in a day or two. Then, about 3 weeks ago I went to plant and turn and my knee just gave out, and I heard/felt a pop. I sat out, gave it a few days of RICE, and things seemed better (almost full range of motion though still sore). Then I was an idiot and got back on it this past Thursday to play. Well, same thing happened, heard a pop, and now I'm really hampered. I can't fully extend my leg, I can only make about a right angle bending my leg back, and I have considerable swelling above my knee cap. Here's the awesome kicker. NO HEALTH INSURANCE. So I guess my question is three-fold: 1-If I wait and see how this injury heals do I run a risk of causing problems with it healing improperly? 2-Is there any way to do a rudimentary home diagnosis? and 3-If this will require medical attention, is this going to be treated as pre-existing condition by Insurance companies? Thanks in advance for any info, and apologies to the moderators if this is posted in the wrong area.
Title: Re: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: jathib on August 04, 2007, 05:41:10 PM
You more than likely trashed your knee during the first injury. Each time you hurt it you do worse damage. If you keep playing you are going to damage it more and more. It's likely not going to heal at this point. If you haven't already torn your ACL and/or at least one meniscus I'd be surprised. Stop playing until you get it sorted it out.

Of course it's a pre-existing condition but since you haven't seen a doctor yet then there's no record of it. But you do need to see a doctor if you want to keep playing sports, and even if you don't.
Title: Re: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: plantgeek58 on August 04, 2007, 05:45:52 PM
Johnny,
This is obviously a serious injury if you can't even straighten your leg. Take it from someone who has kicked herself a million times for not getting an old injury treated and get to an OS ASAP.
Terre
Title: Re: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: johnny_the_boy on August 04, 2007, 05:56:07 PM
I'm assuming OS is Orthoscopic Surgeon?

I guess I kinda knew this would probably be the response I would get.  :'( Any suggestions as to how I might mitigate the $$$ of this?
Title: Re: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: John42 on August 04, 2007, 06:04:22 PM
Hi

Read your posting - regardless of the lack of Insurance, it is essential that you get your knee seen by a Doctor or an Orthopaedic Consultant.

There is no way to leave it without medical attention - you would suffer for the rest of your life if you dont get it examined.

Best wishes

JohnK/ Manchester UK
Title: Re: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: plantgeek58 on August 04, 2007, 06:05:31 PM
Yup, that 's exactly what OS means. Sorry, I sometimes forget that newbies don't know all the common abbreviations. As for the cost, maybe if you explained your situation to the doc, he could suggest some payment options. Sometimes they have assistance programs for folks who have trouble managing the expense.
Terre
Title: Re: Looking for opinions on injury from a newbie
Post by: fuzzyfurball on August 04, 2007, 06:34:26 PM
The hospital, if you need surgery has available grants for people in your situation. You call their billing dept. and ask for charity application. They'll help you. I have had quite a few bills paid off this way, or reduced! :)