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Offline kash260

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KNEE INJURY
« on: March 06, 2006, 10:34:04 PM »
Hi I am 28 year old male .  I injured my right knee at work approx 2 years ago.  Foolishly I did not see my GP as I thought I would get better.  I could not bend my knee for approx 1 week. I returned to work and carried on as normal with immense pain.  After a few months everthing was fine until recently when I played football the pain resurfaced.  I used a knee support and Movelat Gel. However I experience my knee clicking and locking for 5-10 seconds at a time.  I had physio for 9 weeks no joy.  I saw a knee specialist at a cost of 300 for 30 mins consultation. X Rays were taken.  The consultant stated that my knee bone showed signs of wear and he didnt really explain things very good. He advised to continue with physio for 6 weeks and return for an artroscopy.
Please can anyone help answer the following questions.
1. Why does the bone show signs of wear and how has this happended?
2. Will it get worse left untreated?
3. will vitamins and calcium intake help recovery
4. will the arthrosopy treat the injury or will it just diagnose the injury

thanks   

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2006, 12:54:23 AM »
No one seems to have responded to your post - probably because you don't really have enough info for us to help you.  Depending on the damage to the bone, it oculd be all sorts of things.  The surgery is probably to treat something.  And calcium and supplements may play a minor role in improving your recovery, but are unlikely to cause dramatic improvements.

You should call the OS's office.  If the dr won't/can't speak with you, somoene should be able to read you the notes from your file, so you can get the details.  Once you know what's been diagnosed, and what surgery has been recommended, we can offer a lot more information and advice.

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2006, 03:21:56 AM »
kash260,

As BBG has suggested you may want to give more details as to your condition.  First go to the anatomy section to determine where you are hurting (medial, latreral, anterior, posterior, patella-femur-tibia, ligament, tendon etc.) then give a rundown as to when do you experience the pain and at what degrees of flexion and/or extension.   These exercises will better help you communicate with your OS.  You may be better able to explain your self in writing and could even take a summation in with you the next time you see an OS. 

Signs of wear could be simple joint space narrowing (wear and tear) but without the medical office notes there is no way to know.  The Arthroscopy may be 2 steps in one,  diagnostic and corrective.  A MRI or Arthogram are expensive tests and will not fix anything.  DO NOT get me wrong, they are great tools.  That being siad, there are more and more articles being published documenting thier shortcomings in chondral defect disgnostics.  The MRI does not see a defect but when the patient is scoped, a defect is found.

We are not doctors on this web site.  We are a group of educated laymen with lots of experience.  Please continue to post with more information, we cannot diagnose your problem, but we can help educate you and share our experiences which will beter enable you to work with your doctor rather than inspite of your doctor.

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92-Meniscus Tear
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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2006, 03:29:20 AM »
Many times even the best doctors can't really tell for sure what is going on with your knee until they get inside to have a look. Until then, all they can do is take their best educated guess at what's going on.  Some injuries / damage doesn't show up on x-rays or MRIs.  My doctor thought that I had a torn meniscus but once he got into my knee he discovered that my meniscus was fine and the problem was that  I had worn my artiular cartilage down to the bone so I had bone rubbing on bone.  He took his best educated guess at what the problem was but it turned out to be wrong once he got in there to take look....and my OS is considred one of the best in Western New York USA. 

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2006, 03:37:37 PM »
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND ADVICE MUCH APPRECIATED

I am experiencing pain around the medial collateral ligament but when I am jogging the pain seems to shift to the patella area.  The X Rays show wear on the bone, will this be as a result of cartillege damage.  I am now taking GLUCOSAMINE and CHONDROITIN tablets to aid recovery of tissue damage.

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2006, 02:37:27 AM »
You can still jog  ???  Wish I could.   :-\

be cautious with the supplements, if you are prone to scar tissue build up it could help create an Arthofibrosis situation..

Also, which bone(s)
« Last Edit: March 08, 2006, 02:38:59 AM by hopalongcasualty »
R Knee
83-LCL,ACL&Medial Meniscus tear
86-Debridment
87-TTT Houser Manuver
89-TTT Maquet Procedure*
92-Meniscus Tear
04-Supartz Injections
05-Contusion
L Knee
05-tibia & patella dislocation w/MCL tear & large lateral condyle defect
2-15-06 Lateral condyle osteochondral Allograft ::)

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2006, 05:05:03 AM »
I would second that last comment about supplements...... my OS said that they werent much good unless you actually had arthritis..... I was querying if they would help my recovery from and ACLR

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2006, 01:08:45 PM »
Hi, thanks again for the advice.

I beieve the OS said it was the FEMUR that showed some sign of wear. He didnt explain why and how or to what extent.  My concern is will this continue to wear with use?

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Re: KNEE INJURY
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2006, 07:20:57 PM »
Unfortunatley, it will probably continue to wear with use.  You might be able to slow it down by eliminating running and jumping and limiting your walking  (no treadmill either).  If it is the articular cartilage that is wearing out then calcium will probably not hlep.  My OS recomends Glucosamine....he says that it works for some people but not for other people.  He says that there is nothing in our diets that promote the protection and/or regrowth of cartilage.  He says that Glucosamine is the only thing that does what it does so I might as well give it a try because I may be one of the people it works on. 

Teresa