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Offline 49erKnee

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What the heck is wrong with my knee?
« on: July 31, 2007, 05:46:48 PM »
Hi!

Did a lot of surfing around and finally found this site.  I really think I'll be able to get some answers here, so here goes:

36y Male.  I've been an avid volleyball player for 20+ years.  I've played at a competative level and have had a lot of success.  I've never had knee, ankle, shoulder or finger injury, until now.  Played in match and felt fine, I felt fine when I got home.  When I woke up the next morning my right knee was very visibly swollen, it really freaked me out. I really didn't have much pain with my leg straight or even sitting, but anything past 90 degrees my knee was killing me.  Felt like a wedge in the back of my knee.  I couldn't squat at all.  If were to force me to the ground, I'm sure I'd cry or pass out.  Poor timing for an injury because I had to move a week later.  So I stayed off of it and after about 3-4 weeks I felt nearly 100% I could finally squat all the way down.  I didn't run or jump for that whole time.  As a test I started running again and felt great.  Was up to 9 miles a week for about 3 weeks with no pain.  So I chalked it up to just bad luck.  Soooo played volleyball again and the next day my knee swelled up just as bad as before.  Pain was just as bad.  My knee is stable and feels strong.  Anyway, this was ~3 weeks ago.

Help!

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Re: What the heck is wrong with my knee?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 06:01:04 PM »
If it is still swollen and causing problems then you should take it to a specialist! Could be any one of a number of things but without seeing the knee it is hard for any of us to say anything.

If it is better then wait and take it to a specialist as soon as the symptoms reappear. If they don't come back the problem is solved.

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Re: What the heck is wrong with my knee?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 08:51:56 PM »
I agree with the first poster. Time to see an orthopedic doctor. You can do some pretty serious damage to a knee and still get up and walk. I know because when I tore my ACL in half I walked home afterwards and was playing volleyball a couple weeks later. I had very little swelling. Unfortunately, when you continue to pummel an injured knee you risk doing further damage. If you tore something it's most likely going to stay torn and get worse. Better to take care of it now before your sporting days end for good.

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Re: What the heck is wrong with my knee?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007, 04:48:04 AM »
I would start off by going to a GP and if the GP feels you need to go to a specialist he will refer a sports medicine Orthopedic surgeon. 

An exam may consist of the following: Test your range of motion and muscle balance and poke you in spots to see if the muscles are tender. The doctor may take an Xray or refer you for an MRI based on his physical exam of your knee. Nothing too scary at this point.

You should ice your knee after volleyball if you do play again. It is a pretty hard sport on the knee and as you are finding out your knee is barking at you badly after each hard game. It could be meniscus tear, it could be something muscle related.   The best advice anyone can offer you over the internet  is to go see a medical professional to sort out what is going on.  Blowing it off can lead to bigger problems down the road and since you are here poking around for some direction  & advice.  Bags of peas work wonders on swollen knees.