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Jump, Jive and Groove! My injury: Explained
« on: June 26, 2005, 06:28:32 AM »
First, I stumbled across thie bulletin board, forum, message board or whatever everyone prefers to recognize it as, via Google while searching for information about anatomy of the knee.  Below I am going to explain what happened to me last weekend, June 17, 2005 at about midnight.  If it belongs in a different section, I apologize -- I'm not extremely familar with anatomy of the knee and I'm trying to educate myself, prepare for the worst, and hope for the best of outcomes.

As mentioned, Friday, the 17th of June I was at a local pub listening to a band that I handle audio production for, The Usual Suspects.  When a specific track was played I began jumping up and down with my fiance in an attempt to be a dork, I was then jumped into in a mashing type manner from a friend.  I flew a few feet and I am not sure exactly what or how it happened.  I don't remember if I hit the ground and heard the pop, or the pop happened before I left the ground etc.  Regardless, I ended up on the ground, butt first, and I felt and heard the loudest most painful pop I have ever felt!  My right knee hurt so horribly bad!  I believe I subluxed my right knee and then it snapped back into place once I stood back up.  Once I stood up I realized I hurt something crucial and fell back into a chair, not neccissarily a fall, but I immediately sat down.  I wasn't drunk or intoxicated, I simply had a few beers (5 to be certain).  I ended up standing up and walking outside of the pub where my fiance (who is a nurse) immediately checked it out.  I am unable to recall if the swelling happened immediately, or after I went to sleep that evening.  I didn't go to the emergency room right away, I waited until the following morning when I woke up in escruciating pain and my knee was enormous!

I managed to walk down the three flights of stairs into my flat, to the car, then about 2 blocks from the parking garage to the emergency room.  I also continued to walk on it once at the hospital from the area in which I waited, was observed and x-rayed etc.  Once the doctor took a look at it he said that I didn't break or damage any bone elemnts but the infusion was extremely bad and I definately damanged a ligament and would need an operation.  He said that the infusion was so bad that the swelling was keeping him from doing a fully accurate diagnosis.  Unfortunately the emergency room and insurance plan I have (isn't horrible) but it keeps them from performing a MRI during emergency care unless its crucial to my life and such.  I was placed in an immobilizer and prescribed a few medications to help me deal with the pain and such.  Norflex for muscle relaxation and Darvocet for pain, neither of which seem to help.

The pain hasn't been too bad actually, I mean the sides, back, posterior, anterior regions, whatever they are all referred to as do not hurt.  The only time my knee hurts is when I put weight on it, or attempt to bend it past a certain point.  I am supposed to remain in the immobilzer full time except for bathing, which I have for the most part.  However two days ago, being off on weekends and such I have taken it off except when I sleep because my right calve hurts horribly!  The other muscles in my right leg hurts 100x more than my knee ever did, and its because they have had 0 motion for days now.  here it is Sunday morning, 12:24am here in Oklahoma, USA.  I am going to see a Orthopedic Surgeon on Monday afternoon who will hopefully fully diagnose my injury and explain to me what is going to have to happen.  I have frustrated myself, freaked myself out and definately made myself worry over the incident because I've read so much about ACL injuries and such.  I meet most of the criteria for damaging my ACL, but it could be something else right?

I'm sure not everyone here is a medical professional, but experienced individuals who have dealt with situations similar, worse or not as bad as mine before.  Any references or experiences would help.  I will not take anything anyone says for professional advice and I will strictly adhere to my doctor's plan.  However, what would anyone here recommend?  The swelling has gone down and I can put slight amounts of weight on the leg, bend it to about a 45 degree angle or so, I am able to move my foot and such with no problems and I haven't found any spots on my knee that if I apply pressure hurt horribly!  Does this mean I could be okay and just minor defects?  Am I going to be on crutches for months?  I want to freaking walk again!!!

Please guys, give me words of wisdom heh, Is this something I should be fearful of?  I've never had any major operations thatI am capable of fully remembering.  I appreciate any feedback, suggestions, references and conversation.

Regards,

Justin

Also, I apologize for any links I've posted in which I shouldn't have, if anyone would like more information I've posted a few pictures on my website at www.justinshattuck.com and the hospital I am dealing with is Saint Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA www.saintfrancis.com.  The OS is at Tulsa Bone and Joint, I'm not sure of their website but you could probably google it.

Thanks Again!

~Justin

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Re: Jump, Jive and Groove! My injury: Explained
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2005, 10:39:32 AM »
~ Justin,

Hi and welcome to the board.  Sorry about your injury!!  Ouch all that swelling.....

There is a section that has lots of info regarding ACL injuries.  Look for the heading 'Specialist Office' then 'Cruciate Ligaments'.  Should be able to find lots of info there.

Good luck at your OS appointment on Monday.

Shade


PS:  Here is a site that might interest you:
  http://www.aclsolutions.com/surgery_5.php 
« Last Edit: June 26, 2005, 10:56:22 AM by Shade »

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Re: Jump, Jive and Groove! My injury: Explained
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2005, 03:36:37 PM »
ooops! sounds like some ACL and some cartilage involvement too. sorry to hear, I know how badly it hurts! first of all, Darvocet is a very poor analgesic. It also creates a toxic metabolite that can build up over time. Ask your doctor for something else. hydrocodone(Lortab)  or oxycodone(Percocet) are good choices for this type of severe orthopeadic injury. I think you are gonna be laid up for a while, so get cozy with those crutches Don't try to do anything that hurts, if you do more damage...you multiply your recovery time. Don't bend you knee if it is supposed to be in an immobilizer full time!!!! You could have a hidden fracture of the patella and moving it could seperate it. I know, 'cause I did this. Be patient and make sure the OS  is very thorough. Good luck!

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Re: Jump, Jive and Groove! My injury: Explained
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2005, 05:08:14 PM »
Don't bend you knee if it is supposed to be in an immobilizer full time!!!! You could have a hidden fracture of the patella and moving it could seperate it.

How would my patella become fractured if I didn't hit it in any wya?  Could the twist cause a fracture?  I'm not being critical just curious.

Thanks!