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Offline theresahall

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Whoops, I did it again-knee problems
« on: January 19, 2005, 05:36:21 AM »
I am new here and need some info/commiseration.  I partially tore my acl about 15 years ago and had arthroscopy done.  NO problems except occasional swelling after too much exertion.  Jan 9th I slipped and fell on my wet kitchen floor.and landed awkwardly with my knee twisted behind me.  Bad bruise on the right side of my left knee (the one I had surgery on)  Bruising on the bottom of my knee.  Knee is still slightly swollen despite RICE and sometimes I have twinges of pain even while just sitting down.  I am just wishfully thinking this will go away?  
And being new to Tucson, I have no idea how to find a good knee doctor too.  Thanks :'(

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Re: Whoops, I did it again-knee problems
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2005, 07:30:12 AM »

I had a similar situation very recently.  I had ACL reconstruction about 5 years ago and experienced no problems until a week and a half ago.  I twisted my knee, heard a crunch, and it swelled up quite a bit.  I iced and elevated for 5 or 6 days and could not get the swelling all the way down or walk without crutches.

With the encouragement from some replies to my posting on this site, I finally decided I just had to go see an OS.  I'm very glad that I did.  I found that I did have some internal damage that needs to be repaired.  Also, he gave me some anti-inflammatories that helped the pain and swelling a lot.

Going to the OS is no fun because they rarely say anything we want to hear.  Having the damage repaired is the right thing to do though and the pain relief is nice too :).

Hopefully, you haven't done any serious damage to your knee, but you'll be glad you found out either way.  

Hang in there and I hope everything turns out ok for you!  Good luck.

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Re: Whoops, I did it again-knee problems
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2005, 09:59:25 AM »

It's usually recommended to try the RICE therapy system for a week or two, as long as you are certain that nothing major has been done--nothing broken, for example.  But the thing that is a bit concerning is that you have bruising--did your knee actually impact the ground?  Because if not, something tore inside (slightly, from the sound of it, but still enough to have some bleeding).  There aren't too many things that cause bruising when you didn't actually whack the knee on the ground--except for a ligament or slight muscle tear.  Since you have had a previous history, I would think it's important to keep a very close eye on things.  Depending on how bad the pain is (whether you can stand it or ar popping ibuprofen like candy), you may want to baby the knee and do the RICE thing for another week or two.  But if you've got severe pain and/or can't put weight on the leg, you might want to see a doctor just for peace of mind.

I know of a couple absolutely wonderful doctors in Phoenix.  Depending on where you are in Tucson, it might be worth hopping in the car and driving for 90 minutes or so.  If you were to see my old surgeon in the Biltmore area of Phoenix, you would only have to go for a consult and then do x-rays and/or MRI.  These could be done at a lab or center in Tucson, and then this doctor has a phone consult to do the follow up and give the MRI results.  This surgeon that I'm thinking of is a sports medicine specialist and is one of the two team physicians for the Arizona Diamondbacks--so he's got a lot of experience with ligament and meniscal injuries.  I had to see someone else, because my problem was rare and complicated enough that I needed to see a specialist.  But I really liked my first doctor in Phoenix and his bedside manner is wonderful.  

A potential alternative would be to call this doctor's office and see who they recommend in Tucson.  So many baseball teams practice down there for spring training, so it's very likely that there are some good orthopedic surgeons in the area.

Let me know if you want the name of this doctor.  I can send you a private message using the Kneeguru system.

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