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My poor, poor knees
« on: October 03, 2005, 03:08:47 AM »
I am new to this forum and hope I am posting in the correct place. I am hoping find out what is wrong with my knees. Here is my knee history...

When I was about 9 yrs old (24 now) I hurt my knee playing baseball. I was running and it just gave out and I fell. I couldnt bend or straighten it out, so I was taken to the emergency room and they diagnosed it as a sprained knee. I wore a leg brace for a month or so and it got better. I played sports growing up and as I got older I started having pain in that knee and the other knee which I had never injured. When I was about 14 or so I started having more problems and had what I can only describe as my knee popping out of place. The first time this happened it really worried me. It happend while sitting not doing anything strenious. When it "popped" I again couldnt bend my knee and the pain was the worst I had ever felt. I had to slowly straighten my leg and finally with anoter "pop" it went back into place. This has since happened several times and in both knees. I never have injured the other knee. Everytime this has happend it has always been while doing something nonactive. Its very strange and just happens without warning. It prevents me from doing somethings. For example I cant sit "indian style" with my legs crossed or it feels like my knees will pop out. I have never really had this diagnosed. There have been times where I have gone in for physicals and mentioned it and they just kinda blame it on sports and tell me exercises to strengthen my knee(which I have tried but hasnt helped) I know that I need to go have this better examined and fixed. Now that Im older and done with sports I am thinking of doing this. If anyone has this same problem or an idea of what it may be I would like to know what the problem is and if there is anything I can do on my own to help this. I do plan to have this looked soon but just found this site and am curious. Sorry for the long post, and thanks for any help.

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Re: My poor, poor knees
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2005, 03:39:44 AM »
Hi Adam,

It sounds as though your knees are subluxing out or at worst, dislocating. I've had this problem many times and you'll find on this forum that many of us have had different types of surgery to correct different problems - a lot of them being unstable knees!
If both of your knees are unstable, then you have my sympathy - I have trouble dealing just with the one.
I think your best course of action right now would be to go to your doctor and get referred to an OS. Whilst waiting for that appointment, get yourself some decent physio to strengthen the inner quads. Then at least if you do need surgery at a later date, you'll recover better if your knees are strong to begin with.
You may even find that with intensive physio, you may not need any further treatment    ;D
In the meantime, you could try wearing a knee support designed for instability. Most sports places selll them and they're not expensive. It will at least give you reassurance that your kneecaps won't disappear around the side of your leg whn you least expect it.

Hope this helps. Let me know how you get on.

Take care,

Laura.
Left knee surgery
08/06/02-L/Release
13/08/03-Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05-Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06-Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06-RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07-Excision of scar tissue
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: My poor, poor knees
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2005, 03:56:12 AM »
Laura,

Thanks for your help. At least now I have an idea of what the problem may be. And I guess I was right in thinking my knee was popping out of place. Like I said, im hoping to get this looked at and hopefully fixed soon. I am guessing that since this has been going on for 10 years I can expect some arthritis?

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Re: My poor, poor knees
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2005, 08:41:50 AM »
Hi Adam,

Arthritis is a completely separate issue to unstable knees. You may well have some, but not necessarily as a result of your dodgy kneecaps. I don't have arthritis, and I originally dislocated my kneecap 17 years ago.
X-rays, scans and clinical examination of your knees can determine whether you have arthritis.
I'd advise you you get it sorted sooner rather than later though - if only to get rid of the pain!
Don't forget also that what I think is only my opinion and not a diagnosis. Someone else may reply with a completely different answer. We will all advise you to see a knee specialist though.

Regards,

Laura.
Left knee surgery
08/06/02-L/Release
13/08/03-Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05-Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06-Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06-RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07-Excision of scar tissue
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation