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Offline MaxT

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I've got those worn out no good old knee blues
« on: January 01, 2011, 09:03:46 AM »
Hi all, I am wondering if anyone can share some wisdom on what to do about my knee problems.

After years of martial arts and rugby, I actually hurt my knee on the dance floor. One of the boys jumped on my back as I was grooving. I ended up damaging/stretching my LCL (according to my doctor). Funnily enough, at the time, he said I would never be able to have my knee completely bent (as in the sitting position in martial arts when you are sitting on your legs with your back straight), because the ligament would pop.

I could walk/run again properly after a few months and forgot about it. I could certainly bend my knee right back, and I thought that my docitor was just wrong.

A few years later I started to occassionaly experience the problem where I would have my leg bent back (ie when sitting on the floor) and something would move. If the leg was completely bent under, there was no pain, but when I tried to straighten it it would kill. In the end I would have to push it out and straighten it and a ligament would literally 'pop' back into place. Minor pain in the area, but full movement etc. It was as if the cartilage was not holding it in place.

Over the last 2 years when I plant my foot and turn my body, or when I bend the leg under (like last night), I get the familiar tightening of ligaments, but when I straighten there is no sharp pain or popping, just a sore limping leg for the next 2 weeks. I have been told my a chiro that I am tearing ligaments when I experience this.

The pain is in the front of the knee (ACL, Patellar meniscus) area and on the side where the LCL is.

Anyone have a similar experience?
What can I do long term to manage/strengthen this? It's happening more and more often as I get older...not even a chance I will play sport again, I just want to be able to work, walk, garden etc.

Any advice greatly appreciated.


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Re: I've got those worn out no good old knee blues
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 08:39:11 PM »

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Re: I've got those worn out no good old knee blues
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 03:47:13 AM »
No experience with that, but it would seem if you were "tearing" ligaments as opposed to just straining them, that the pain would be intense or last a very long time. Just my guess. Have you tried getting an MRI on the chance it would net you more info?
'77- Rt knee menicus tear
'90 -2nd menscus tear
'91 -failed arthroscopy/partial menisectomy
patella dislocation 10/ 2010
Dx = grade 4 chondromalacia + synovitis + Meniscus tear + lax strained medial ligaments
Fall down the stairs 7/20/11 - mcl sprain + 2 meniscus tears

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Re: I've got those worn out no good old knee blues
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 05:49:01 AM »
I would strongly encourage you to see a knee specialist for a full evaluation. It sounds like a complicated situation, and the medical advice you've been given up till now seems, to be honest, quite odd. Ligament tearing is not a minor thing - even something like the MCL that heals by itself tends to take about six weeks - and if you were tearing ligaments every single time you bent the leg under or pivoted, you'd likely be in very bad shape indeed at this point. It sounds from your description as though you need some proper diagnostics from an orthopedic expert who really knows the knee joint.
Mar 11: R Biceps femoris tear (skiing)
Jul 10: ACLr (hamstring autograft)
Mar 10: L ACL rupture (skiing)
Feb 06: L partial ACL tear (kickboxing)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
Ongoing: bilateral PFS and OA