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Offline soozles

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Another new person-need help
« on: September 15, 2005, 02:54:46 AM »
Hi everyone. Well, I guess I should start from the beginning. I was ice skating back in late May/early June, when I fell and landed smack on my knee. It didn't exactly hurt right away, but it was stuck almost. I got up and kept skating (silly me, I know) because although it hurt, I thought it was more because of the fall and the bruise that was sure to be appearing than anything I did to my knee. During the session, I couldn't land my jumps at all, since it is the right knee that I fell on which is also the leg I land on. You have to bend your knee when you land, and I couldn't exactly do that. So around that point, I figured I would leave.

I went to sit down and couldn't bend my knee to sit on the bench. It took a lot of creative manuevering to get my skates off , get up, and get into my car and drive 45 minutes to get home. I did get an ice pack which I wrapped around my knee though. I still didn't get it checked out for a bunch of reasons, neither one very good. I have insurance so it wasn't a cost thing, it was just that I figured it would go away on it's on. Also, my friend just lost her leg, and so I figured any way I hurt myself was nothing compared to what she was going through. Stupid logic, I know. But that's how it went.

For about 3 days, I couldn't walk, could't bend my knee. I did the whole RICE thing, took some time off from skating and tennis. But lately it's been bothering me. It's getting worse actually. I mean, I can walk and bend my knee and all that, but when I walk, it kind of pops and cracks, and feels like something is shifting in there. If you put your hand over my right knee, you can feel the bone moving, and its not like that on the left side. I also can't kneel down or get a deep bend, which has really affected my sit spin and lunges. By the end of the day, it bothers me, and I've started icing it again, but it doesn't seem to be doing much.

I have an appt. with an orthopedist on Friday. I know nothing about him, except that my friend went to the same clinic when she tore her ankle, and htey have a specialist for each body part? So the guy I'm going to is a knee and hip specialist, and she was sent to an ankle specialist. So really, I don't know if he's any good, but I would at least like to know what might be going on, or what the OS should do to make sure everything is OK. Anyways, sorry this is so long, but I am much more well versed in ankle injuries than knee injuries, and I love to ice skate and play tennis, and ski in the winter, so I want to be able to trust my knee not to give out when I'm doing those things. Thanks for any help.
May 2005: Torn PCL, misdiagnosed as chondromalacia
April 2010: pain worse, lots of instability
Nov. 23, 2010: PCL reconstruction
progress here: http://pclrecovery.blogspot.com/

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Re: Another new person-need help
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2005, 12:47:44 PM »
You've taken the right first step seeing an OS.  That he is a knee guy is also good.  Find out what he has to say, if you're not comfortable with him or the diagnosis, get another opinion.
GOOD LUCK and let us know how it goes.

HUGs

Rozzzie
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Re: Another new person-need help
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2005, 02:18:30 AM »
So I went to the OS today. He's a nice guy, although I'm not too sure of the evaluation. He hardly touched me, and didn't really ask me what was going on. He said the X-rays looked OK, and told me I have chondromalacia and sublaxation of patella. Not exactly sure what this means, but he's sending me to rehab 3 times a week for a month and then see how it goes afterwards. So what does it mean and is this the appropriate course of action? Or should I get a second opinion?
May 2005: Torn PCL, misdiagnosed as chondromalacia
April 2010: pain worse, lots of instability
Nov. 23, 2010: PCL reconstruction
progress here: http://pclrecovery.blogspot.com/

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Re: Another new person-need help
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2005, 04:56:01 PM »
Hi Soozles,
   Chondromalacia means a softening of the articular cartilage on the back of the patella.  A subluxed patella means that the patella is tracking to the side of the groove that it should ride in.  Most times the patella subluxes laterally (to the outside).  The sublaxations are could be the reason for the articular cartilage problems, although the fall may have damage the cartilage.  PT is definitely the first step in trying to correct the sublaxations and should concentrate on increasing the strength in the VMO.  Give PT a try and hopefully it will correct the problem.  I also believe in getting 2nd opinions, it can't hurt.  Here are some links for more info on your problems.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000452.htm
http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/patelladisorders/a/chondromalacia.htm

Good luck,
Patty