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Offline Phil_Newby

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Recurrent Knee problem? Help!
« on: January 03, 2006, 09:34:45 AM »
Hi All
I've had a reoccurring problem with my left knee for 12 years or so.
The original damage was done in 1993 whilst i was lifting something far too heavy. My left knee was taking most of the weight as i lifted and it just collapsed from under me. There was a lot of pain but after 15 minutes or so i managed to get up and hobble around and after a few weeks it was back to normal so i never saw a doctor about it.

However since then it still occasionally collapses (may be around 6 or 7 times since) usually relating to twisting and/or slipping + falling over. Once collapsed I can usually stand on it again after a quarter of an hour to get over the shock and hobble around after a little longer, then its back to normal after a few weeks rest.

Last week i was on holiday learning to ski for the first time and on my first fall, my knee once again collapsed.
My knee is quite swollen - particularly on the right of the knee cap (the inside side where i usually have a little hollow). it is sore to touch on both sides of the knee cap. there is pain in the muscle on the right side (the hams i think) but no noticeable bruising.
It is difficult to fully straighten the knee, or to bend it beyond 90 degrees. It will take a little weight if kept just slightly bent, but going up or down stairs is difficult, relying mostly on the other leg for lifting/lowering my weight.

Can anyone tell me what i might have done to my knee? and what i should do to avoid it happening again? I'm a dedicated mountaineer and fear that this knee will one day let me down when i need it.
I would really like to take up skiing and hate the idea that my knee will collapse every time i give it a try.

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phil

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Re: Recurrent Knee problem? Help!
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2006, 12:01:18 PM »
Hi, this may sound like a Cartilidge and/or a meniscus problem that line the knee joint, judging from what you've said you had the first problem 13 years ago so I can only assume that the meniscus has subsided or worn away with time.
Are you having joint line pain is that what you're saying? On the lateral side? If so there seems a growing possibility of you needing to visit your doctor and getting a referral to a specialist to sort this out or it could spell problems with other complex parts of the knee. Cheers Harry

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Re: Recurrent Knee problem? Help!
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2006, 01:41:59 PM »
Anything that has been bothering you for 12 years requries medical attention.  If you're lucky, ignoring the problem for all those years won't have caused more damage.  But if there is a meniscus tear, or if the articular cartilage was damaged, they both get worse with time.  The only one who can help you diagnose the problem is an OS, preferably one who specializes in knees.  Depending on where you live and what insurance you have, do your best to avoid a GP.  If you need a referral before seeing an OS, fine.  But otherwise, go straight to an OS.  And since you are concerned about continuing your participation in activities that stress the joint, look for someone with a sports medicine specialty - sports medicine docs are generally more up on the cutting edge techniques and are often more aggressive in getting patients back to their activities.

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Re: Recurrent Knee problem? Help!
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006, 05:05:42 PM »
Thanks Guys, i will go and see a doctor ASAP.
It's taken me a while to spot the common theme and work out where it all started. And as it only does it once every couple of years and then recovers without lingering pain in just a few weeks its been really easy to ignore. 
Its had a good day today but i must'nt forget.
Cheers
phil

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Re: Recurrent Knee problem? Help!
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2006, 04:50:04 PM »
Just a little suplementary question;
is the above diagnosis(s) suported by crunchy sounds (pain free) when bending the knee in question?
got an appointment with a doc on Friday

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phil

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Re: Recurrent Knee problem? Help!
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2006, 05:00:31 PM »
the crunchy sounds are called crepitus.  Generally, this isn't considered to be a problem if it's not associated with pain.  But there could be a connection.
ACI was supposed to be 2/21/06.  On 6/29/06 Insurance co said have another scope, and if it still looks good, they'll ok the ACI.
Microfracture Dec 7, 2004
   3cm x 6cm lesion, LFC; 3cm x 1cm lesion, trochlear groove; lateral tibial plateau lesion
2nd degree black belt, tae kwon do (had to stop)