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Offline phill_2008

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Knee help
« on: August 19, 2008, 03:22:41 PM »
I injured my right knee nearly 2 years ago whilst moving house.  Basically, i lifted something up, my knee locked, i saw something stick out the left hand side of my knee and then go back in and then i fell to the floor in the worst pain i've felt.  Was given painkillers (rightly or wrongly by a family member) which had been prescribed for treating the pain for a hip replacement, but they didn't even touch the pain.  Went to hospital and was shaking with the pain.  I got my knee strapped up and was given painkillers to take.  MRI scan carried out in the following months as well as X-Rays immediately after the accident didn't show anything.  To the left of my knee and running down to my shin was tender to touch as well as across the top of my knee cap.  Had to attend a course of physiotherapy as i was unable to weight bear initially and then my knee kept giving way when walking without crutches.  The knee specialist was unable to tell me what had happened to my knee and i was then discharged.  Physiotherapy helped and i'd been ok-ish until June last year when the same thing happened again when in work.  Went to the hospital, got X-rayed which didn't show anything, so was strapped up and told to 'take it easy'.

More recently i've had an aching in my knee, expecially when its raining (i know it sounds strange) and my knee has started giving way over the last couple of weeks.  More strangley is that my left knee has started giving way now as well.

I'm not lazy as i'm required to be fit for my job.  Therefore, when my knee isn't playing up i'll go running twice a week on a treadmill.

Now for the questions:

Does anyone have any ideas what may have happened to me? 
Is the aching likely to be arthritis?
What can I do to stop my knee giving way?

Any other information you think may be beneficial would be greatly appreciated.  Oh, and if it helps, i'm 28 years of age.

Thank you in advance for your replies.

Offline jathib

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Re: Knee help
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 03:52:17 PM »
You need to go to an orthopedic surgeon and tell him what's going on. MRIs are not 100% accurate and there is clearly something wrong with your knee. Arthroscopic surgery is the only sure way to see what's going on in there. Your symptoms sound like a torn ACL which won't heal. Most of the time they require surgery if your knee is 'giving out'. The only other alternative is to get a custom fit brace designed for ACL tears.

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Re: Knee help
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 04:13:07 PM »
Hi Phil,  Sorry to hear you're having knee problems.  Aching when it's rainy is not strange to any of the Kneegeeks.  Most of us experience that.  Your achy knee could be any number of problems but the fact that it's giving out on you is not a good sign.  Take jathib's advice.  It never hurts to have someone else take a look.  They can do manual tests by pushing and twisting your leg to see if anything is torn but they may want to do another MRI to get a better look at it. 

Until you get in to see someone I wouldn't keep running on the treadmill.  You might be making it worse.  How are your quad muscles in both legs?  Did they atrophy or are they both still strong?

Your left knee might be bothering you now because you were overcompensating for the other.  Wouldn't hurt to get a picture of both of them if they're both giving out on you.  When you say they are "giving way" what do you mean?  Are you actually falling down or do you just feel a shift?  Is the shift forward, back, left or right?  What activities cause it to give way?

Bottom line:  Only you know what your knee is doing and how it feels.  If you think something is wrong with it then there probably is.  Don't stop asking questions until you get an answer.  Getting a 2nd or 3rd opinion can't hurt. 

Good luck and let us know how you make out.  Wishing you well!

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Re: Knee help
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 04:52:55 PM »
Thanks Lenorem9

My quad muscles did become less strong, in particular my right one is not as strong as my left, despite trying to do squats to build them up. Although it has been some time since i've done them.

By giving way i mean that it causes me to drop on the side that has given way, not to the floor but i don't know how to describe it.  You'll probably know what i mean though.  The activities causing it is just walking, since its been like this i haven't even dared go running...

The strange thing is, until it started aching and giving way it had still been swollen at the back of my knee...but the swelling is gone now and i'm left with the aching and giving way...bring back the swelling!!!















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