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Offline holdie

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what could be wrong with me knee?
« on: February 15, 2005, 11:59:15 PM »
hi, I'm new to the forums and I'd just like to tell you guys whats up with me...

I'm only 18 years old, but my right knee has been really bugging me for about the last 5-6 years.  I've never really thought much about it, it only hurts when I go up steps right as I'm extending me knee, but it really gets in the way when I do things like snowboarding, tennis, and basketball.

I don't think it could be arthritis since I'm so young right? I asked my doctor and he didn't really know what it was, even though he didn't really look too much into it.

My question is what do you guys think this could be and is there anything I could to do help get my knee back to normal.

Thanks
Chris

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Re: what could be wrong with me knee?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2005, 02:55:40 AM »
Hi holdie, you didn't say where the pain is located, or what type of pain. Is it an sharp pain, a dull ache, a burning pain? Is there any noises? Pops , clicks, grinding clunking? Is there swelling?
Did you go see an Orthopedic Surgeon? Or sports medicine Dr? They would be able to tell you if you just need PT or more. Ron
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Re: what could be wrong with me knee?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2005, 09:24:22 AM »
Check out Patello Femoral Pain Syndrom and Patella Femoral Syndrome See if this sounds like what you are experiencing. you may want to enlist the help of a GOOD Physiotherapist to see if they can help get you back on the right track. Knee pain can be very frustrating... hopefully someone can help sort you out.
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Re: what could be wrong with me knee?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2005, 01:27:45 AM »
well I'm not really sure...I'd say its more of a dull pain because it doesn't incapacitate me or anything and it doesn't last except for when I'm bending my knee at a certain angle and putting pressure on it.  I haven't ever noticed any popping either.

I haven't had a PT look at it because I'm only 18 and my parents don't really want to spend the money since they think its just "growing pains" but its been bugging me for like 5 years and really annoys me when I play sports, when I go up stairs I notice that my right leg (w/the knee problem) always bends slightly inward (to the left).  I don't know why this is but could it explain some of the problem?

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Re: what could be wrong with me knee?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2005, 04:05:34 AM »
Chris do your parents have insurance for you? That is a long time to have an ache in one spot and call it growing pains. If you have insurance I would think it would be best to get it checked out by a specialist now before it possibly turns into something more expensive to fix later on and you don't have insurance. You sure don't want to end up with something chronic at your young age. If you read posts by some of the Superknee geeks they are very young to have the troubles they have. Mid 20s and 30s!
I hope one of them that knows more gets back to you with more advice.
 My stepbrother had both knees repaired this month. One for a Bakers cyst , the other to get cleaned out and found he has arthritis from a previous injury and soon will need a knee replacement at 46!
I know 46 seems like a long time away for someone 18. Trust me, it comes up way too fast! Hope you find the help you need, Ron
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Re: what could be wrong with me knee?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2005, 04:32:54 AM »
hmm two other things that don't really sound good...

one thing i forgot to mention was that I can't bend my right knee all the way back, my other leg can bend just fine and I know its not a flexibility problem, but when my right heel gets to within about 1 foot of my butt my knee really starts to hurt

another bad thing is I should mention my dad just had to have both of his knees replaced at age 58 and after a few other surguries on his cartilege...

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Re: what could be wrong with me knee?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2005, 08:56:04 AM »
Holdie

You really DO need to see a specialist about the problems you are describing as like Ron says above...you really DONT want to leave it until you are say 23 or 25 and are then Forced to get help as the problem got so bad  :o
Also, let alone being more expensive to fix....often times it will be too far gone to BE FULLY FIXED....ever that is  :o (as a lot of people on this site will testify who have themselves ignored problems only to have them looked at and find out they have done untold damage to their knee joint)

Nw I'm not saying you will necessarily be in this group or even that your problem is serious....but it DOES pay to get things looked at as EARLY as possible (4-5 years aint early!)....

Good Luck
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