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Offline volley9182

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knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« on: December 27, 2006, 11:25:28 PM »
I have had 3 previous knee surgeries ( a scope, a transfer, and hardware removal). About 4 months ago I was in a swimming class at college and we were diving and My teacher yelled in the middle of the dive and I ended up slamming my knee into the diving board. I went to the emergency room, and I didn't have and breaks, but they put me in an immoblizer and crutches and told me to follow up with my OS. Well I got into my OS within a week. There was to much swelling at that time for him to tell anything, so he made another follow up appointment a couple of weeks later. I am not able to squat, hurts to work (I work at a hospital and am on my feet for 8 to 12 hours) I went back for my follow up and I saw his PA and she decided to get an MRI because of the pain that I was having. I went back a week later to get the results of my MRI and it showed that I have a small lateral meniscus tear but I also have a popliteal cyst. The doctor decided that he did not want to do surgery, but instead he wanted to do a cortizone shot into the cyst to try to dry that up. Well after the shot things just got worse.. At times I can barely walk, I still can't bend, I can't play rugby anymore, I can't exercise.. It just sucks.. Well after things got worse, I called the OS office and his nurser pretty much told me to suck it up.. I am 22 and I have had to completely change my life becuase of this injury. I have another follow-up on the 24th of January.

I was wondering if anyone else has ever experienced anything like this, or what peole think.

Thank you,
Kelly
2000- LR on Left knee
2001- TTT
2002- Hardware removal
Feb 9, 2007- scope with lateral meniscus tear and popliteal cyst

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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2006, 12:35:54 AM »
Hi Kelly,

My ex-OS was basically the same way in telling me the best option I have with my knee's is to live with the pain. He did a scope in March of 2006 and ended up doing a microfracture on the right chondyle. He went in for a tear, I initially saw him because I had limited movement in the knee. After 1 cortizone shot, 5 injections of supartz, still more pain since before the surgery, he said my best option is to learn to live with pain.  I wonder how many of these doctors have ever experienced knee pain to the point that the knee buckles!!!  I am now going in tomorrow with another OS to do an exploratory scope to see what options we have with the knee. The new OS is thinking a TKR or ACI, can not believe I was told to "deal with it". I would suggest getting a 2nd opinion, if your not with a sports doctor, see if there is 1 available to you. These  guys are used to getting the pro sports players back on their feet and in the game. 

Good luck to you,
Tena
3/17/2006 RK Microfracture
12/28/2006 RK Scope

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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2006, 01:28:40 AM »
Hi Kelly,

I would tell you the same thing.  Get a second, third or fouth opinion.  There is no shame in going to someone else and telling them your story.  I also have an ex-OS who was great through the surgery but told me (now mind you I'm a little older).  Your 51 live with it when I was still in pain 6 months after the surgery.  Well I'm 51 with a very physically active career that I really don't want to give up yet.  Hence new OS and a second surgery in two weeks.  I really didn't want the surgery but at least he listened, agreed that the knee is still not right (for whatever reason) and is willing to be involved in my care. 

You may or may not have an injury that requires surgery but if the office will not pay attention to you how will you know.  I do wish you the very best and suggest that you call another OS office.  You can get your films and let them look at the MRI.

Take care and let us know what happens.  Deborah

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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2006, 03:30:41 AM »
ahh thank goodness that I am not the only one that has experienced this... The only problem is is that the OS is friends with my dad. They are golfing buddies. LOL. The only weird part was is that the OS's PA was all about doing another scope to clean it out and fix the cyst, and clean up the tear. I think I am going to wait until my next appointment on the 24th and if they are still not listening to me, I am going to find someone else to go to.. I really hate knees. I wish that you could just cut them out, and that they wouldn't affect your life. LOL..

Thank you for all the support...
Kelly
2000- LR on Left knee
2001- TTT
2002- Hardware removal
Feb 9, 2007- scope with lateral meniscus tear and popliteal cyst

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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2006, 04:15:16 AM »
 :o Have you thought of taking legal measures against the Swimming Instructor AND the Doctor. From your story, they are both responsible for ruining your knee/life!


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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2006, 06:53:43 AM »
When you go, consider getting the records they have up to this date including the operative report. That way when you go looking for another OS, some won't look at you until they look at the report. Good Luck.
Tena
3/17/2006 RK Microfracture
12/28/2006 RK Scope

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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2006, 10:46:17 AM »
With the whole legal situation, the university that I attend is a public university, and they have immunity from the government that they cannot be sued. A joke, I know. My parents even asked a lawyer about this and it is true. Last winter (I am from Michigan) we got 4 inches of solid ice overnight. Well the mantainance people at the school could not keep up the salting, and the university will NEVER cancel classes and I ended up falling and breaking my wrist. Well that is when we looking into sueing. Or at least having them pay the medical bills. Nope, got nothing out of it..

I think that I am going to ask for my records when I go back. I would really like to read and see what exactly the MRI showed.

Thanks
Kelly
2000- LR on Left knee
2001- TTT
2002- Hardware removal
Feb 9, 2007- scope with lateral meniscus tear and popliteal cyst

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Re: knee injury and not getting better, just getting worse
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2006, 10:19:11 AM »
I have had 3 previous knee surgeries ( a scope, a transfer, and hardware removal). About 4 months ago I was in a swimming class at college and we were diving and My teacher yelled in the middle of the dive and I ended up slamming my knee into the diving board. I went to the emergency room, and I didn't have and breaks, but they put me in an immoblizer and crutches and told me to follow up with my OS. Well I got into my OS within a week. There was to much swelling at that time for him to tell anything, so he made another follow up appointment a couple of weeks later. I am not able to squat, hurts to work (I work at a hospital and am on my feet for 8 to 12 hours) I went back for my follow up and I saw his PA and she decided to get an MRI because of the pain that I was having. I went back a week later to get the results of my MRI and it showed that I have a small lateral meniscus tear but I also have a popliteal cyst. The doctor decided that he did not want to do surgery, but instead he wanted to do a cortizone shot into the cyst to try to dry that up. Well after the shot things just got worse.. At times I can barely walk, I still can't bend, I can't play rugby anymore, I can't exercise.. It just sucks.. Well after things got worse, I called the OS office and his nurser pretty much told me to suck it up.. I am 22 and I have had to completely change my life becuase of this injury. I have another follow-up on the 24th of January.

I was wondering if anyone else has ever experienced anything like this, or what peole think.

Thank you,
Kelly

Hi Kelly,

If I was you I'd definitely seek another opinion. It's probably better that you go to someone that isn't one of your Dad's friends. Can imagine that the situation could get very sticky.

I have suffered from patella problems for over 11 years now. So, can understand the frustrations you must be going through. At one point my OS sent me off for a second opinion. I also got a third opinion. In the end I decided for my initial OS to do the surgery as I had a lot of trust in him and he really understood where I was coming from.

My advice would be to go and see a good sports physician that has links with an elite sporting team. Usually these doctors have links with some of the best orthopaedic surgeons and physios.

It's really important that you have a surgeon and physio that specialise in knees. A lot of general physios don't understand knee injuries and rehab very well. My OS for my knees just specialises in knees and is very knowledgeable on the topic. So does my physio.

I am based in Melbourne, Australia and can give you the names of some good sports physicians in Melbourne, Canberra and London, UK. Let me know if you want any of their details.

Let me know how you get on.  :)
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