The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: daffy on January 13, 2008, 08:31:33 PM

Title: Any ideas? - Any help much appreciated
Post by: daffy on January 13, 2008, 08:31:33 PM
Hi was wondering if any one has an idea on what i might have done. Was playing rugby, and got hit from the outsie of my leg and heard this pop the pain was bad at first as well. It is on a knee that i have had an medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction on so am praying to god that i havnt torn that. Could it be something as simple as an MCL tear,do you hear pop's when you tear them? I currently have cryocuff strapped to it, but am un able to walk on it.

What shall i do?, Is there any point in going to the hospital?

Title: Re: Any ideas? - Any help much appreciated
Post by: tanyap on January 15, 2008, 02:24:45 PM
go to the hospital if you havent already,
pops with pain can be bad, it may be nothing but better to find out.
Title: Re: Any ideas? - Any help much appreciated
Post by: plantgeek58 on January 15, 2008, 05:32:59 PM
I would think any time you can't walk on an injury, it's bad enough to need checking out.
Title: Re: Any ideas? - Any help much appreciated
Post by: daffy on January 16, 2008, 08:01:08 PM
Thanks for all your advise i went to the hospital in the end.

Just a shame that it was a waste of time really as NHS hospitals are crap. I had to wait ages just to get an xray which should nothing which i knew it would. Then this random doctor who obvoiusly was clueless when it came to sport injuries didnt even touch my knee to assess it or anything and then just said, so nothings broken thats good, your knee will be better in a couple of weeks and thats it!!

My knee is twice the size of the other one and i cannot walk, he didnt refer me to have physio or anything and gave me no crutches or support for it. Everytime i walk i feel as if my leg is about to buckle and i dont want to risk damaging it further. I just dont no what to do now? I cant afford to go and get physio privatley, so am praying that with ice my knee will get better? :S
Title: Re: Any ideas? - Any help much appreciated
Post by: fitnesskitty on January 16, 2008, 08:46:23 PM
Hi there,

I do not know much about the NHS as I live in the US, but what I do know is that if  you make a stink and drive people nuts, you will get seen sooner or later.  Those that shout loudest are going to get the most rapid care, as I understand it from reading on this board.  I would say that you need an MRI to see if it is an ACL or MCL tear, because, like another poster said, if you cannot walk on it, then it needs proper medical attention, and the sooner the better.  Clearly, something in not right.  I would make a stink till you get at least on a list to see on orthopedic surgeon and to get an MRI.  Knee issues are not to be taken lightly.  They can seriously damage your quality of life for many, many years to come if not taken care of properly.

Best of luck to you and complain till you get the care you need!!!! Hang in there and take care!  Keep icing!

Title: Re: Any ideas? - Any help much appreciated
Post by: tanyap on January 17, 2008, 09:31:48 AM
Well if the NHS are willing to send you home they dont see you as an 'emergency' - so your next steps should be as follows:

Treat yourself at home. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Take some over the counter anti inflammatories.
Go see your GP. Ask to be referred publically to an Orthopediac Surgeon (OS). You may have to wait for a public appointment but at least you wont have to pay for it. Alternatively (I dont know if you can do this in the UK but you can in Ireland) - go see an OS privately - pay for just the first appointment, when you get in there and he starts making suggestions tell him you could only afford the one private appointment and can he now treat you publically. In Ireland people do that all the time as it cuts out the wait to actually see the consultant (which is the longest part usually) and then their treatment is done publically, so they dont have to pay.

Perhaps some other people on here from the UK may have some other ideas for you.