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Offline MelB

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Hi All,

First of all, I'm new to this, so sorry if this is the wrong place to ask or the wrong part of the group.

I am 35 and generally do lots of walking. I went skiing a few weeks ago, fell and twisted my left knee. On falling I felt a stretching/tearing sensation on the inside of my left knee. It was very painful and I could not straighten my leg. Been using ice packs on it and taking ibuprofen tablets and gel.

1 week on : On coming back to the uk, I went to my GP to have it looked at. I was still unable to straighten it, there was a lot of swelling and painful to walk on. The GP took a fleeting look, said I had thin legs and said give it a few weeks. I asked if it could be a tear in my cartilage and what I should be doing to help it along. She told me to carry on hobbling on it and see how it goes.

2 weeks on: Not really satisfied at the lack of diagnosis or proper instruction on how best to tend to the injury, I went to a sport physio. The physio spent some time looking at the knee, comparing it to the other one, tried moving my leg in various directions, got me to try and straighten it and then tried to straighten it herself. Unable to do so, she said it could well be a torn meniscus and suggested I go to the GP to get referred to a consultant as thats what the GP should have done in the first place.

I am now waiting to see my GP again.

What I would like to know is:

a) the pain in the knee is now relatively low - hardly know its there with knee at 90 degrees. If I try to straighten it, it is now almost getting there, about 5 degrees off from being straight. When I do this however, it hurts and I get a little bit of swelling at the inside joint about the size of a small grape - this goes after a while when I put the knee back to 90 degrees. ??? Is this what I would expect from a meniscus tear or cartilage damage.

b) the doctor previously suggested that cartilage damage can heal itself and they tend to give it a few weeks. Is this normal??

c) Given that the leg is almost straight, if it does go straight does that mean there is no tear in the meniscus? Just trying to get an idea of the scale of what I've done as it likely to be a while before my GP refers me and I get to see a consultant.

d) Is there anything I should be doing or not doing? eg putting weight on it?

Well if anyone has had this sort of injury before and can provide any info, that would be great.

Thanks in advance


Offline rupy_s

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Re: ski injury - trying to find out whats damaged and what to do next??
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2005, 12:27:47 AM »
Hi mel.

I'm new to this forum too...but my injury sounds similar to yours. May be worth reading what advice i've been given on my post...

I've had scans in the past...but the doc's said i was ok...i know its not and a few weeks ago did my injury for the 3rd time in 5 years.

The main advice i've been given is get reffered to a specialist through your GP, and get tests (MRI's and others) done to establish exactly what the problem is.

As for your current situation and questions...

a) I really don't know...same question i keep asking
b) I've heard cartilage is a very very slow healer but i belive it doesn't ever heal properly (my opinion though). My mum now has parts of her cartilage broken up and bits floating under her platela, and can't walk at times.
c) I can't straighten my right leg as much as I used to be able to before my injuries. My left knee goes past 180 right knee can't....and it hurts if i try to force it.
d) Everytime i've done it i've tried to walk on it as much as possible...but not putting myself through to much pain. I also used ice when its swollen, and sit with my leg supported upright as much as i could.

I know its not the best help in the world...but thought it may be usefull for you.

Rupy  :)

ps...keep us updated