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Offline lee533

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Hi all,
Back in October I had an injury to my knee but never got it checked out because of exams for work which I wanted to concentrate on, so decide just rest it. I think it is my patella tendon but canít be sure as I know little about the knee.

For ages when stretching my hamstring as I returned my leg straight a got a sharp shooting pain at the top of my shine but put is down to a bruised bone (donít know if this is related but after resting it has gone).
Then one football game as I planted my right leg down to kicked the ball I had survive pain just below my knee, which swelled up and hurt to bend. Once I got home I couldnít straighten my leg by its self. After a couple of weeks I could walk without a limp and couple more before I could run comfortable (without a limp), but still had no strength (couldn't lift a little stall using by straightening my leg).
I started training again at this stage and other than a lack of strength, I had little problems. Due to other peoples injuries I started going sub for my team and coming on if needed. After three games of playing 45 mins and feeling great (still weaker than my over leg) I played a full game and done a lot of running. After this my knee (just below) ached so i put ice on it have been resting it since (nearly 2 months) as i didn't want to make it worse. My knee is now the strongest itís been since the injury but still a bit weaker than my other leg and has less balance.

I was wondering if anyone could advise when it is a good a idea to start playing football again?
Is there any tests/exercise i can do to test the ability of my knee? (I would love to go skiing very soon but i know i am its unlikely).
And if there is any benefit in seeing a doctor at this point? And if so what sort of doctor do i need to see.

Sorry for my lack of knowledge on the subject, i hope it makes sense. Thanks for reading and for any coments/advice.

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Re: Undiagnoised injury believed to be related to my Patella Tendon.
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008, 01:25:13 PM »
I couldnít straighten my leg by its self

If this is indeed a patellar tendon injury it WILL NOT resolve itself.

You need to see an Orthopedic specialist right away, A number of us have just come through this kind of injury and for myself surgery was the only option. The longer you leave this problem the worse it gets...I speak from experience...it took 10 months to diagnose a tendon patellar rupture...

Good luck.
Dislocation of left patella and as a result left patellar tendon rupture in the medial section/torn at both ends.
3 Previous surgeries-semitendiosis tenodesis
Reconstruction surgery left knee October 10 '07
TKR right knee May 25 '10.....successful!
Limited ROM/TKR left knee May 25 2015...successful.

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Re: Undiagnoised injury believed to be related to my Patella Tendon.
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008, 02:05:24 PM »
Hi thanks for the reply, when i first done the injury i couldn't move my leg and for a while couldn't straighten it if i had anything heavier than a couple of pillows on my foot. Now it is alot stronger but still not as strong as before... Would this happen if it was a rupture? I haven't really had any pain since i could walk comfortable???
« Last Edit: January 18, 2008, 02:40:03 PM by lee533 »