The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Mrsmeredith on October 07, 2014, 04:10:38 PM

Title: Knee pain was just the start
Post by: Mrsmeredith on October 07, 2014, 04:10:38 PM
Hi everyone I've had chronic knee pain since early august this year with a painful snapping sound/sensation as I walk and more so up and down stairs. Hospital doc said I had damaged my ligaments and needed to rest, 3 weeks later it was no better at all and the pain was worsening. Went to my gp who referred me to see a physiotherapist. I've had 2 visits now and this is what he has established. My knee doesn't line up with my foot and ankle and he thinks this is causing stress on my knee joint and muscles. He's also measured both legs and my right leg (bad knee) is nearly 1 cm longer than the other. This could be connected with a childhood injury where I fractured my femur quite badly which had to be rebroken and reset as it didn't join properly.

I'm really frustrated as at the moment I'm off work, nearly 6 weeks off so far and have to wear orthotics to correct the misalignment and also a 4mm heel step in my left orthotic to compensate for my right leg being longer.

Do I carry on with physio and not see a doctor again or do I go see my gp again and ask for more investigations ???

Thanks in advance

Title: Re: Knee pain was just the start
Post by: Vickster on October 07, 2014, 04:43:30 PM
Get the physio's advice but it would probably be worth getting your GP to refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in knee and lower limb alignment :) 

Depends what outcome you are looking for - in the end a surgeon will usually recommend surgery which could be pretty major (i.e. painful, with a significant amount of time off work and with a long rehab) if bones need to be realigned

However, physio is rarely a quick fix, often takes many months to have an effect assuming it is going to

Good luck :)