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Offline durham jasper

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Hi, I'm new to this board.  I play football at University in Durham.

Over the summer, I injured my knee badly when I exerted a great deal of forward force on my knee while playing in studs on dry ground.  My foot didn't move and my knee moved forward and 'popped'.  It was pretty painful - I had to stop playing immediately and couldn't put any pressure on it for 48 hours - but there wasn't a great deal of swelling. That evening I went to my nearest A&E department - and they said they didn't think there was any bad injury, and that it should heal in a while, and that I should return to see a doctor if I couldn't straighten it after a week.  After a week, I couldn't straighten my knee so I returned to another A&E department.  The doctor there said it was a light traction injury and that my knee was fine. 

The problem was that I had uni football trials 2 weeks later, and I was getting unfit.  So I started jogging, and then running.  Finally, wearing long studs, I could do shuttle runs quickly and strongly.  I thought my knee was fine, so I played lightly (this was about 5 days after the second doctors visit).

I twisted my knee (different to the original injury) playing and pain was bad again, but not as bad as the feeling in my knee.  It felt very uncomfortable and, again, I couldn't walk or put any pressure on it.

After 48 hours, the swelling increased a great deal and my knee was pretty big.

It's now 6 weeks later, and I've seen my GP, a consultant and a physio (three times).  I had my knee drained but it just refilled.  I had my knee x-rayed but nothing came up.  My physio went through a lot of different movements on my knee and said he couldn't find the problem - ACL was fine  He said my cruciate ligaments were 'lax', but that this was the case of both knees (although specifically the injured one).  I have a follow up appointment in 3 weeks but I don't think the physio is really able to diagnose my problem.

But my knee is still really swollen (I do wear my knee support a lot).

I've tried playing football lightly, and jogging, and it's ok, but nowhere near getting towards match-ready.  I am worried that my problem has been misdiagnosed and that playing on it will damage my knee really thoroughly.  I'm in my last year of University and want to get out on the pitch as soon as possible. Should I be jogging?  Lightly playing?



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Re: Knee Injury: Meniscus? Ligaments? Swelling STILL after 6 weeks...
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 07:19:26 AM »

what problems are you having with it at the moment, or are you just worried that it will happen again if you try to play football?
i think that it would probably best to take it easy until you know what is going on/what might be wrong with your knee or you could risk further damage to it possibly, depending on what might be wrong.

is the follow up appointment with the physio? can you get an mri done or an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist?


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Re: Knee Injury: Meniscus? Ligaments? Swelling STILL after 6 weeks...
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008, 12:11:16 PM »
Hi & welcome to the board. I honestly don't think swelling in your knee 6 weeks post injury is all that uncommon but I do agree with Megan that it's time to see an OS & have an MRI before you end up doing more damage than is already done. Perhaps your GP can recommend a good sport's person for you to see. Wishing you well...Ellie
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Re: Knee Injury: Meniscus? Ligaments? Swelling STILL after 6 weeks...
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008, 01:56:38 PM »
Active / surgery / active = swelling.  I don't think swelling now is unheard of.  I would contact my os to make certain you aren't causing damage.  Swelling can take months and months to go away.  eagle