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Knee Alignment
« on: May 08, 2011, 12:39:10 AM »
Hey everyone,

I am new here but not new to knee pain. I guess I will start with an explanation of my issues and how it all started.

I was 14 when I injured my leg. I was at school and just finished gym class and another student thought it would be cool to pick on me and pushed me and as I was falling he grabbed my foot and twisted. My knee cap popped out of place and the mess started there. Two weeks later I had an appointment with a specialist and he scheduled the surgery that day to repair my meniscus.

I stayed in physio for a month after that and it was not helping me at all; even the tens pads refused to make my knee jump or twitch. So I went back to the specialist and he refused to help me further and told me to discontinue the physio if it was not helping but there was nothing more he could help me with. At this point I still could not bend my knee and my quad had deteriorated a lot.

I limped and hobbled for two more years without much use in my leg. I finally got a referall to another specialist who immediately knew how to help me. I had surgery and my knee finally began to get better. I was able to do almost all the things I used to do like biking and running and even walking.

Current State: Six Years Later (After Final Surgery)

My knee cap is not moving with my leg and seems to be floating out of place. It has a massive tilt to the inside of my leg which developed over the last year. The burning pain keeps me awake at night and it often pops and cracks and locks. I just saw my Dr who is referring me to a new specialist; supposed to be one of the best. He gave me a prescription for an NSAID and xrays and physio. My quad is quite a bit smaller then my right leg (good leg) and so on. I doubt that physio will help much due to my past unsuccessful attempts but I will be giving it a go.

From what I am gathering this leads me to realignment surgery? Has anyone else had this tilt/alignment issue and constant burning pain? If it is realignment surgery, how long is the recovery in reality (I have read up to six months)?

I would really appreciate any help anyone can give me. I am really worried this time because I feel like this knee problem is NEVER going to stop haunting me.

Thank you,
-Josh
« Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 12:45:28 AM by tab2114 »

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Re: Knee Alignment
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 05:24:41 AM »
Hey,

Have you got a diagnosis as to what is actually causing the pain? It may well be that you do have a misalignment problem, but if that is the case, you don't want to have a surgeon just willy-nilly realigning the knee. There are many different causes for misalignment and you've got to identify the actual problem. There is a forum member, crankerchick, who seems to know quite a lot about these matters. Perhaps she will comment on here because she will be able to explain to a much greater degree what questions you should ask the doctor.

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Re: Knee Alignment
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011, 12:58:38 PM »
I am waiting for an appointment with a specialist to get a diagnosis. That being said the misalignment is quite visual. If I took a picture of my leg you would see my knee cap is sitting on the inside of my leg. When my leg moves my knee cap sits in the same spot and does not move. My Dr who is making the referral agreed with me that there is a highly noticeable difference between my left leg and my right leg. I have a brace I used to wear but I can not wear it because my knee cap does not fit where it is supposed to.

As for what is causing the pain I do not know. Lately it is extremely painful and it has been keeping me awake at night and the prescription NSAID I got is not helping with that either. I would really like to get outside and go for a run but it is not possible. The burning pain and the high probability that I will fall is always there.

I guess what I really would like to know is what has worked for other people in the past? I start physio next week but I fear that the pain is going to get worse with that.















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