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Offline Jinxy

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My R-leg wont straigthen after minor ski fall - I NEED HELP
« on: April 09, 2012, 12:12:31 PM »
I am desperate for any help  (was a competitive runner).
On the 2nd Jan I had a minor skiing fall, with my R-leg twisting outwards,  I felt something pull / or go at the time but was able to slowly ski off by not putting any pressure on it. I then treated using R.I.C.E for the following few days but my leg was then bent by about 30% and I was unable to straighten .
On home rtn I visited Dr’s and was referred to orthopedics, who suggested it was likely MCL and take 4-6 wks to recover with Physio.
Had Physio 5 times over 2/3 wks but no change and still limping about.
When I try to apply pressure to knee to straighten out, it feels like it is going to explode as the pressure builds up, its also warm compared to my other.
Paid for MRI scan result being….MCL is the problem, everything else all ok.
Also I am able to put a lot of weight on my leg as long as it is bent.
3 months later and still no change I am referred to consultant/surgeon who was 99% sure I had a blockage, likely ‘bucket handle meniscus tear”.
Had keyhole surgery, and on waking up told all cartilage was ok and no blockage!
Just removed a little fat deposit. He suggested back to physio, but after trying for 3 months this is not going to solve anything.
My disappointment was over-whelming …as leg still exactly the same, just a little sore due to surgery.
I am desperate for help ! I will give it some time to recover and then I intend to seek another knee specialist…..
Anybody on here experienced the same / or just any advice would be very appreciated…. Thks Todd


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Re: My R-leg wont straigthen after minor ski fall - I NEED HELP
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 09:53:17 PM »
Hi Jinxy,

I'm so sorry to hear of your problem. I don't have enough knowledge to know exactly what is wrong, but I'm sure it WILL get figured out eventually and you'll get going, you're just taking the slow road like some of the rest of us around here unfortunately. Hopefully someone else will be have some more specific knowledge, but here are some really general thoughts.

Is your knee particularly swollen still? That feeling of pressure when you try to straighten might be caused by fluid around the joint, and the fact it feels hot to the touch almost certainly means that there is swelling even if it isn't visible. Can you measure and compare to the other leg? Keep putting ice on your knee to try and get the swelling down as that will definitely make mobilising the knee more difficult.

The other thing to bear in mind is that the longer you keep your leg still, the more likely it is to get stiff (I've made this mistake before and had the opposite problem, being unable to bend). If you haven't straightened your leg in three months, even if there was absolutely nothing wrong, it would still feel tremendously stiff and you would probably need some help from a physiotherapist to get it straight again.

Best of luck, keep posting
2003 RK dislocation
multiple sublaxations (10+), both knees
2007 LK dislocation
03/2010 TTT on RK
03/2012 TTT on LK

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Re: My R-leg wont straigthen after minor ski fall - I NEED HELP
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 12:23:10 PM »
Thks for your leg has been bent by about 30 degrees since the fall happened over 3 months ago. My keyhole surgery was 1 week back, so it is still a bit swollen since then and lacking strenght, but the leg feels exactly the same as before the op, some feeling etc... I am as i write sitting with it up and ice applied.
I intend to see another more local specialist as soon as its eased up from op, i have read some threads on here which suggest it could be my MCL not able to heal correctly causing 'scaring' .