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Offline kaci74

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Medial Knee Pain - No Ligament/Meniscus Damage
« on: July 11, 2007, 01:46:35 AM »
Hi all,  I wrote a couple weeks ago about my knee pain that started after I fell skiing.  I followed your advice and saw an orthopedic specialist today. 

My MRI showed all of my ligaments and menisucs to be intact.  Initial diagnosis was a very mild spraiin.  The OS agreed with the MRI - no apparent ligament or meniscus damage.  I have tenderness and pain over the medial compartment but nothing shows up on the MRI or X-rays. 

I am still in a quite a bit of pain, though, and I'm not sure what to do.  My orthotics are on order and will be here in about two weeks (yikes! - I have knock-knees and my tibia is twisted).  My insurance balked on the length of time of my allowed PT appointments which I am going to argue because I have only seen the PT on insurance once  I only have two more weeks of allowable PT time, and I'm out of town for three days.  I also have a new referral from the OS which may extend the time period, but it is not definite.  The TENS unit helps with the pain while I'm at PT, but is there anything I can do for the pain besides the heavy drugs?  I have a bad reaction to the pain killers, and ibuprophen, naprosyn are no longer working. 

Has anyone in the U.S. been given a prescription for a TENS unit?  Would a stability brace work for taking pressure off of the medial side?  Is an unloader a possibility without having osteoarthritis?  Is bracing not going to help much? 

Thanks a bunch!  I feel like I am making the pain up and that I am justmaking excuses.  I don't want to whine, but I'm desperate to go hiking.  Even getting out of a car's passenger side is difficult. 

Best wishes,
Kaci 

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Re: Medial Knee Pain - No Ligament/Meniscus Damage
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007, 02:00:28 AM »
I would talk to the doc about the possibility of the MRI missing the tear.  That was what happened to me.  I had a MRI come back neg, the doc did a scope, and found the tear.  Ask about it if you are in pain.  Good luck.
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Re: Medial Knee Pain - No Ligament/Meniscus Damage
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2007, 02:27:14 AM »
Thanks Shannon.  I went back to PT today and the TENS unit helped a lot.  After talking with my primary care physician, she wrote a prescription for a home unit.  I will go to PT for another 8 weeks, and hopefully after my orthotics come in two weeks I'll know more.  The OS I saw yesterday told me to come back in 8 weeks if there is still no improvement.  I just needed to vent a little bit.  Right now I'm talking with everyone who will listen.

Thanks!
Kaci















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