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Offline magabicool

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Freak Dodgeball accident.....
« on: July 09, 2010, 01:09:30 PM »
Hi everyone, I had a freak dodgeball accident four years ago when i lunged forward (on my right leg) to catch a ball then then stamped my foot onto the floor, which caused a huge stabbing pain in my right knee. Ever since then I cannot put a lot of weight onto the knee and generally experience pain when walking, kneeling and running. I have had xrays and mri scans to reveal that in the accident my tybia moved to the right which is why there is so much pressure when moving it.

To top this, I am extremely flat footed and now my left leg has got naturally stronger because it is naturally trying to take the pressue of the right leg. The exercises I have been told to do don't help in fact they just cause me extra pain.

Can anyone suggest anything new to try or point me in the right direction?

A colleague said I perhaps need to approach Kinesiology???

Thanks

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Re: Freak Dodgeball accident.....
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2010, 01:33:26 PM »
I think you need to find you a good orthopod. If your leg is out of alignment, I don't think exercises will help and if your bone really did shift there could be ligament damage. Your MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage?
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Re: Freak Dodgeball accident.....
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 03:00:47 PM »
When you had the imaging investigations, did the doctors mention collateral ligaments or meiscus? Where was the pain at the time o the injury? Where about are you experiencing the pain nowadays?
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Re: Freak Dodgeball accident.....
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010, 04:37:03 PM »
At one point they thought that I had a split in the patella, but then a specialist advised that was incorrect. I wasn't told if the MRI scan revealed if I had any ligament damage, but they referred me to a sports therapist who advised that the joint was not aligned any more.

The pain at the time of the injury concentrated on the femur but then it spread to the behind the knee as well. The pain has always been there for the last 4 years. My knee joints as a result have also begun to sound more "crackly" if that makes sense (when I bend my leg the knee makes small popping sounds until I stop bending)

The pain is still situated in the same area, a lot of pressure seems to build up as well as often have to snap it tp release the pressure that has build up over the course of the day.

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Re: Freak Dodgeball accident.....
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2010, 06:03:16 PM »
Your description is a little unusual, so I am going to try to paraphrase into more medical terminology, but you need to correct me if I am going wrong.

It seems that at the time of the original injury, the pain was not localised but more general over the front of the knee, moving later to behind the knee. But there was no focal pain on the sides of the knee where the collateral ligaments are found, and where meniscal tears often cause pain. Initial assessment suggested that the ligaments were intact, and furthermore you do not seem to complain of instability.

I wonder if the remarks about the knee not being aligned any more rather refers to the alignment of the patella? It could be that the original injury damaged or stressed the back of the patella, the pain consequent on that may have led to weak supportive musculature, especially the VMO part of the quads muscle (the inner part). Stressed patellar cartilage at the back of the patella can cause crackly noises called 'crepitus', and most people complain that crepitus is accentualted with bending the knee. If the stressed joint is inflamed internally there may be a build-up of joint fluid, which may be pressing at the weak area most people have at the back of the knee, causing pain there.

If the original injury also damaged a medial synovial plica, then this may be aggravating the whole thing, and might account for the snapping you describe.

Now this is all speculation, but it may give you some vocabulary to read up about such injuries, and discuss the possibilities here on the board, particularly on the patellofemoral section.
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