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Offline autermann

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Pain behind the knee and on the outside
« on: October 23, 2004, 09:14:39 PM »
I am a 38 year old male, quite sporty (skiing running and tennis) Never had knee problems other than small niggling pains from overtraining.

In late June I played tennis for three weeks and one evening I noticed when beding both my knees to pick up my daughter slight pain behind the right knee and on the outside. The next morning it was slightly worse but I played some more tennis until I had more severe pain down the outside and then a sharp pain under my kneecap. (since gone) I stopped immediately and saw the physio who said this was probably due to overuse and I should rest the knee. The knee felt like it clicked on the side at the joint, but that was not painful (this has since gone). Over the following 3 weeks the pain continued and I saw my GP - who also said I should rest it. This did not improve so another two weeks later I saw a physio in London who thought this was due to an inflammed nerve - recommending I stretch the leg and rest the knee.
4 months on, I can walk painfree mostly but the pain at the back of the knee, when bending deep, as well as the side is still there. Also, when pressing down , the back and side of the knee hurt as do light movements in bed, without pressure or weight on the knee - there is sometimes sth like a burning sensation under the skin. The knee does not feel unstable not are there any painful areas on touch, I can stand and/or twist on that leg painfree.
I can only think of the following events that may have caused this
1) Overuse
2) The day I first felt the pain, I when running for a ball I locked my leg pretty hard - there was no pian or sound -other that my ankle hurt for a while
3) One day before the pain started, the local physio manipulated my back
4) I suffer from tight hammies and also bow legs (slightly) and outward  pointing feet.

Anyone any idea what I have.
I am due to see a specialist next week - any suggestions/help would be gratefully received.

Andreas Utermann   ???
« Last Edit: October 23, 2004, 09:16:04 PM by autermann »

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Re: Pain behind the knee and on the outside
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2004, 04:12:36 AM »
Well it seems that despite all the rest has not helped get rid of the problem.
I had a similar pain in the back of my knee when bending and squatting and for me it was a meniscal tear.  I am not qualified to say what your problem is but it is clear that you should get it cheked out given the time frame you have followed.

When you see the os, just present your symptoms as you have done here.  they will probably send you for an MRI to help with diagnosing, along with a physical exam of your knee.

In the meantime, avoid the squatting/bending.  If the pain starts up, try icing it and elevating it.  

Let us know how you go.
rk posterior meniscus tear. Successfully repaired 10 Sep,03. Now have nerve damage and cps which goes with it.  I want to slap the person who said 'It just takes time....'