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Offline bpack

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meniscus damage
« on: August 11, 2005, 03:40:51 AM »
During a jog one evening my knee tightened up and I felt a sharp pain in my kneecap.  Two days later I left for vacation where I had to do a lot of walking.  Upon my return it was difficult to put weight on my leg and it was swollen from my knee to my ankle.  Especially my ankle.  after 3 weeks the pain has started to subside and the swelling is gone.  My orthopedic specialist diagnosed it as just  a strainded meniscus.  There is no locking or popping in my knee.  Will this kind of swelling be caused by only a strain?   

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Re: meniscus damage
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2005, 07:26:50 AM »
I've never heard a bout a strained meniscus. Maybe he just meant that you had overdone your knee too much.
This can cause a lot of swelling.

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Re: meniscus damage
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2005, 09:04:27 AM »
You might want to find a new doctor or see if this current one can't explain things better...you strain *muscles* by tearing the fibers.  You can't strain a meniscus as far as I know.  You can tear it, fray it, pinch off a piece, even displace a torn bit and/or form a cyst.  But no fibers--no strain.  Can't sprain it either.  Maybe he meant strain as in overuse?  Like you overdid it and he thinks the knee will be sore for a few days?  But that has nothing to do with the meniscus as far as I can tell. 

Here's some background on the meniscus:   http://www.steadman-hawkins.com/meniscus/overview.asp  (read all six tabs, from overview to FAQ's).  See if the symptoms fit.

Here's a great article about the knee and how common activities can cause overuse or strain.  http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/83/97800.htm?pagenumber=1

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