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Offline TimBrp

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Knee injury questions, and Hello!
« on: September 28, 2005, 07:45:19 PM »
Hello, my name is Tim and I reside in the USA, Massachusetts area.  Two Sundays ago, 09/18/05, I suffered a knee injury.  I ride dirtbikes and came around a corner and hit a fellow rider head on at around 30mph.  I had a decent get off and only my knee was injured, thank god.  I must've struck the other bike with my right kneecap(a bit to the interior side of it).  I had two punctures on the kneecap towards the right side.  I developed, immediately, a contusion/hematoma on the kneecap(more over to the inside of the kneecap) the size of about two golfballs.  So I examined the bike and rode 10 miles out of the woods.  The knee didn't give out on me or present any problems walking except for some pain and swelling.  I've been to a knee specialist and was examined physically.  I had a negative lachman's test which is good.  However, my gait is off on the injured leg.  When I land on the leg the knee doesn't give like the other one to cushion the landing per se.  It just kind of stiff legs and stays straight until I proceed with walking and then it functions fine.  However, if I focus on it I can make the correct motion that I'm used to.  I still have swelling and stiffness around the knee unless I'm moving.  I am without pain and have no give, virtually.  I can go upstairs with no issue and down stairs is getting better day by day. My question is has anyone developed an abnormal gait from an ACL, PCL or MCL such as mine.  Could this be the knee compensating for injury and swelling?  The knee stays straight upon landing and has no "give" like the other knee unless I make it do it unnaturally.  I go in for an MRI today for some more certainty.  I just figured I'd bounce the questions off of you first.   Thanks in advance and great site!!
Tim

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Re: Knee injury questions, and Hello!
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2005, 01:13:50 AM »
Hi Tim,

I've not experienced anything like this personally so I'm just guessing really.

I think it may be possible that your knee has no give in it at the moment due to fluid or swelling. As this goes down, see if it improves. If not, then it may be worth going back to a knee specialist to examine it further.

If you're not having any pain then it shouldn't be too much to worry about.

Let me know how you get on

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

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Re: Knee injury questions, and Hello!
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2005, 01:24:25 AM »
Thanks Laura!  Will do.  I'm sitting here with a copy of the MRI films but can't figure a thing out, lol.
Tim

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Re: Knee injury questions, and Hello!
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2005, 03:03:05 AM »
Hi Tim,

I myself am waiting for an MRI scan. I've heard that unless you specialsie in looking for specific knee problems on a film then you'd probably miss it. I had problems interpreting my ultra sound scans, and that's even with someone explaining them to me.

See if someone can explain what's going on in terms of what the films show.

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: Knee injury questions, and Hello!
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2005, 11:29:00 AM »
Oh I'm definitely having someone look at this.  My uncle works for an Imaging company and my knee specialist is going to view them also.
Tim

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Re: Knee injury questions, and Hello!
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2005, 06:08:37 PM »
Tim,
I am by no means a physician but I am a person with knee problems myself as I just came through my 5th knee surgery this past Monday 9/26.  I spent 10 years running on a life squad and responded to many accidents regarding bikes, and atv's and ect.  I know that with some of the symptoms you are describing, it sounds as if you are maybe looking at the fluid, swelling, and some torn cartlage causing the problems.  You may also be experiencing a bit of the patella being out of line from the impact.  When I had my 3rd knee surgery it was for my patella being out of line and it sounds just like a lot of the symptoms that I had experienced.  follow up with a good knee specialists or OS and insisit that they explain the films to you.  If you are satisified with the answers that your physician gives you then find another one to see.  A second opinion never hurts anyone.   Good luck to you and keep us posted.  This is a wonderful site as you will find alot of very knowledgeable folks here as well as alot of support for no matter what you may be facing.
Regards;
Mickey















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