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Offline li0scc0

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Cycling crash - knee pain
« on: June 09, 2006, 02:44:27 PM »
I would like to get some opinions on a knee injury.

Yesterday I had a cycling crash on my commute home from work, and I hit my knee hard on a curb.  It hurt like heck when it occured, but after getting back on the bike and after another 10 minutes of pedaling it did not hurt quite so bad.  Upon my arrival home, (about an hour later) I crouched down to pick something up and there was terrible pain.  The pain is continual but hurts  more if I bend my knee.  The most severe pain is when I bend my knee in a weight-bearing mode - i.e. if I crouch/squat down.  It seems the pain is worse when I rise out of the crouch than it is when I go down into a crouch.  If I am not bearing my weight I have no problem bending or straightening my knee (there is slight pain but no worse than the general soreness I am having).

The location of the injury is the top of the knee, generally located at the top of the patella.  Obviously this is where I hit my knee on the curb.  THere is definitely some swelling but it is not excessive (caveat: compared to most people I do not swell-up much when I am injured).  The pain itself is primarily in that location but the entire knee does hurt when I crouch/squat, and ESPECIALLY when I rise out of the crouch in a weight-bearing mode.

I would think this is a 'bone bruise', but why would a bone bruise cause such discomfort (pain) when I bear weight?  Or is the pain simply due to the bruising?  Is it possible that this could be a patella fracture or something else?
 THoughts are appreciated.

Offline pegleg78

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Re: Cycling crash - knee pain
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2006, 03:26:07 PM »
Your injury sounds a lot like the first time I tore my meniscus. I would have it checked out by an OS as soon as possiable. The sooner you get treatment the sooner you can get back to feeling good.
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Re: Cycling crash - knee pain
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2006, 04:38:28 PM »
I agree with pegleg - you need to get checked out.  It could be as simple as a bruised bone (they are very painful) or it could be something worse, including a fractured patella, or any number of other injuries. 
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