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Offline DannyJ

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First knee injury, clicking, locking, lack of power...PAIN
« on: March 18, 2011, 05:05:01 PM »
Hi all,

I've, unfortunately, recently experienced my first knee injury and wondered if anyone had any ideas what I could have done. A couple of weeks ago I got knocked on the knee cap; it hurt at the time (but not that much) and I thought nothing at it. 3 days later I played a game of field hockey and the knee was fine, the next day I had another game and noticed in the warm up that I didn't have a lot of power in the knee when lunching but, again, didn't think anything of it. During the game I noticed that my knee was clicking as I ran but it wasn't hurting so kept going.

As soon as the game finished I had a really sharp pain at the top of the knee cap. The day after my knee swelled up massively, I couldn't really straighten it and was icing it constantly for about a week. Two weeks down the line and it's still swollen above the knee cap and seems to lock and crack. I can't bend the knee further than 90 degrees because it pulls my quad.

At the moment I'm just icing it 2 - 3 times a day but it doesn't seem to be going down. I'm seeing a physio in a couple of weeks but wondered if anyone could suggest anything?

Thanks all


Offline ScottyG

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Re: First knee injury, clicking, locking, lack of power...PAIN
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 03:58:33 PM »
Hi mate,

Reading your symptoms and having ha a number of knee injuries myself, it sounds like a meniscal tear. I strongly suggest you get a referral to a specialist and an MRI as depending on where the tear is on the meniscus and how big it is will depend on treatment, surgery and ultimately the long term prognosis.

Best of luck,


Offline captainruss

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Re: First knee injury, clicking, locking, lack of power...PAIN
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 06:10:18 PM »

You have already made a very smart decision.  By posting on here you will get knowledge and opinions.  Knowledge is power (don' remember who said that) but I wish I had learned of this site prior to my first doctor's appointment.  First, you need to look at the knee dictionary on this site anytime someone uses letters you don't understand.  Just put knee dictionary in the search box and it will pop up.

Second, smart people will tell you which list on here and what procedures to follow.  Find the right doctor for your injury (specialist) not some local General Practioner.  Get multiple opinions and make your own decisions.  Learn and ask lots of questions.  Keep us informed on how you are doing.

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Offline emergRN

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Re: First knee injury, clicking, locking, lack of power...PAIN
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 06:49:25 PM »
Hi Danny,

Sorry to hear of your troubles.  I think you need to be medically assessed for this problem.  The fact that you have clicking and swelling would make me think that you either need to go to your GP to get an initial assessment, and hopefully get referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.  Your PT may be able to give you some insight, but you will need a minimum of an xray, and most likely an MRI.  I think a couple of weeks is too long to wait!

You are doing the right things by icing etc!  You really need to get a definitive diagnosis on that knee, and should probably avoid sporting activities until such time!  Get it checked out!

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