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Offline medic940

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swollen knee that is popping
« on: September 18, 2005, 02:38:46 AM »
My son plays football and has been diagnosed with osgood schlatter, however during last nights nasty game, he came off the field and said feel here Mom.  When palpated, the outside of his knee makes a popping noise and you can feel the pop when he bends his knee.  This morning his knee was very swollen, and hurts very bad when he sits for awhile then starts to move.  Any suggestions as to what it could be?

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Re: swollen knee that is popping
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2005, 03:29:01 AM »
I called the OS this AM and they could not get him in until Thursday.  They recomended he go the GP or ER and get xrays to make sure nothing is broken and stabilize it and get something for pain.  Took him to local ER and Doc told him if he wanted to quit hurting to quit sports.  That is not an option for my son who plays football, basketball track tennis golf baseball and rodeo.  The ER doc would not even take xrays when told what the OS wanted done.  I then took him to a local GP and he did xrays and said nothing was broken, but was probibly soft tissue and to stay off of it.  My son was not offered a stabilizer and told to take Motrin every 4 hours.  Cant wait to get him to OS on Thursday.  Has anyone had anything like this before?

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Re: swollen knee that is popping
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2005, 05:43:13 AM »
I'm sorry to hear about your Son's knee. It can be pretty frustrating when you know something is wrong and you can't do anything about it because the Doctors are twiddling their thumbs over it.

When I hurt my knee I dismissed the notion of going to the Hospital as an option straight away. I knew I'd be in there forever and they'd just tell me to Ice it up and stay off it for awhile, so I went to a Private Sports Clinic They do cost more but what price can you put on your own health?

I was treated and evaluated almost immediately. X-ray within the hour and MRI within 2 weeks after no real improvement, and made the choice myself to let it be for a few weeks to see if it would settle down. It didn't and so I had the Scope to clear it out within a few weeks.

If you are unhappy with your OS now I would strongly recommend getting another opinion.
May 05 - Injury playing Rugby League; Torn Lateral Meniscus, High Grade partial tear to ACL
August 05 - Partial Lateral Meniscectomy
ACL Reconstruction - November 28th 2006

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Re: swollen knee that is popping
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2005, 12:00:51 PM »
What a difference to my course of treatment... Went to A&E got sent away with crutches and misdiagnosis, went to GP after 4 weeks got sent to physio, go through 3 weeks of physio (pointless as it was locked) go back to gp for a referral for a private consultation (rather than wait any longer), finally get in for a scope  and now working on rom and strength while waiting for next consultant appointment (December) to get an acl recon!

Stick to RICE maybe with some straight leg raises to keep those quads active (and will make him feel like he's doing something active towards his recovery) until he sees your OS
18/06/05 Injured trampolining
Fixed Flexion 20-90 deg until...
01/09/05 lateral meniscectomy (40%)
09/06/06 Patella tendon aclr
09/09/06 Back on the tramp (carefully)
10 years on and still going strong
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Re: swollen knee that is popping
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2005, 01:11:49 PM »
sorry to hear about your son, but reading posts has set me ti thinking that we really have to suffer a lot of hassle just to see a specialist! I'm British, have very little faith in the NHS due to having a torn ACL diagnosed as a sprain, my mother not having her diabtes recognised, despite her GP being shown her sugar levels. I now live near Barcelona, Spain and we get pretty good state care. I tore my menisci ,both of them, left knee, saw my GP who referred me immediately to a specialist, xrays the next day MRI in two weeks, results in3! I've had to wait for 7 months for surgery, which is now a week away, but I could have taken it private. It seems that especially in the states the insurance carriers seem to be the primary care givers as they seem to dictate the chain. Allthis takes time while people suffer. It's a shame, but until we get something better, get the frozen peas out, and put your feet up! If pain is all in the mind, then my mind has currently gone south for a holiday in my left knee!