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Offline imaginethat

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knee injury
« on: April 17, 2006, 01:55:21 AM »
I fell on the sidewalk at work, and landed on my right knee.  At the time, I couldn't decide which hurt more, the pain in my knee, or the burning of the abraision from the concrete.  It took a few minutes, but I was able to get up, and walk back into office restroom to see what happened.  There was a small scrape [no bleeding], and some scattered bruising all around the kneecap, but the swelling looked like I had a grapefruit for a kneecap.  I iced things down, and propped my knee up on a pillow for the night.  Now, 3 days later, the bruising, although still light in color, has spread down onto my calf a little.  I have noticed a much darker bruising along the back of my knee, and fluid retention in the area of the kneecap.  My concern is the numb spot on the kneecap itself, and the pain ... it always presents as a sharp, stabbing or shooting pain, which I have called a "hot" pain.  It is not always in the same location, coming from either side of the knee, or upwards, into the quadricep.  If I move it minutely in the wrong direction, it literally feels like something is ripping in my leg.  The range of motion seems to be limited somewhat.  This is all compounded by my weight, which although I have lost 200#, is still about 325#.  I have only used ice or Tylenol for pain.  My question is basically any input as to what may have happened internally, and what can I use at home to help relieve it?

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Re: knee injury
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2006, 08:13:58 PM »
first of all i would succest to visit a doctor,just in case.Not just family doctor but some real ones:P
I think you might have broken your kneecap.I have 2 of my friends happen this.One girl had his kneecap broken into 2 parts,it took about 6 months to recover, but he is fully back now.Other dude fell also kneecap first into rock and his kneecap was broken into dozens on peaces.After the accident he walked home about 20 km-s,jes 20 km-s,i might say he didnt jamboed/chigga-chigged/ran/walked home,but he practically crawled home.Anyway after that he had his kneecap parts ,some smaller ones removed and its growing back together.He is recovering but it takes quite much time.Anyway you sould use the RICE technology:P and just give your knee rest.I wouldnt recommend playing footbal,nor jumping around on the bad knee.Give it a rest and if you can,get crutches,atleast one.And then off to the doctor!
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Re: knee injury
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2006, 09:50:12 PM »

You need to see a doctor sooner rather than later. You may have torn something, you may have broken something or you could have some other damage to either your knee or other parts of your leg. You should try to rest it, which is easier said than done as we use our knees for practically ecerything we do. Use RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). I'd advise you to give it another few days so it's had a week to try to heal itself. By then some of the swelling may have gone down and maybe the bruising will either have come out or disappeared altogether. It can be difficult at times for a doctor to properly examine a knee if it's very swollen.
If your doctor isn't sure of anything, you should ask to be rederred to an OS who specialises in knees. Consultants have a whole range of clinical and diagnostic testing to hand that they can use to determine exactly what's wrong. A combination of physical examinations, x-rays, ultrasound and MRI scans should show the problem - although you probably won't need all of these.
Please see your doctor asap. He may be able to advise you on whether you should be using either crutches or a cane. If he tells you to, then please do so. SOme peopple I know are embarrassed to use use walking aids, bu when they provide so much relief, they are well worth it.
Please let us know how you get on. Good luck.

Take care,

Laura x
Left knee surgery
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
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation