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Offline Cliffylink

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Basketball knee injury
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:37:09 AM »
Hello all:

I hurt my knee playing basketball the other day, and was hoping to get an off-the-cuff diagnosis. I don't have insurance now, but will in a few months, so mainly would like to know if this can wait.

So, somehow I hurt my knee playing basketball. There was no particular point in the game that I realized it was hurt, but the next day it was sore and swollen.

These are the symptoms:
1 - slightly swollen
2 - when I bend the knee there is a crunching noise behind the kneecap that was not there before the injury.
3 - slight pain - not enough to keep me from walking, but enough to keep me from doing anything athletic. Also there is a general feeling of instability.
4 - when I bend the knee a lump appears above and outside of the kneecap. It is not painful, but was not there before the injury.

I feel like I tore something, or somehow rearranged the ligaments/cartilage in my knee. I want to wait until I'm insured to get this checked out, but a bit concerned. I also want to get back to sports - at least jogging.  Please let me know if you have any advice.

Offline allyd

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Re: Basketball knee injury
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 03:10:47 PM »
No one here can really know what has happened to your knee. You would need a professional to diagnose. Could be a simple sprain, could be something more.

However, In my opinion, Giving it a couple weeks at the very least to rest isnít going to hurt anything (especially since you are mobile) This is usually a Doctorís first suggestion anyways. Basic advice is usually: Rest, Ice, elevate. If you get the swelling under control, you can SLOWLY start increasing your activity level. If your knee doesnít respond to some rest, you may need to get it checked out.
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