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Offline DaveSNJ

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Knee locks and clicks
« on: August 25, 2012, 09:18:05 PM »
For the past two weeks I have had difficulty straightening my left leg.  The knee sometimes feels like it is locking.  When that happens I back off and try to straighten the leg very slowly with no weight on it.  That usually works.  Sometimes if I massage around the kneecap it seems to help also.  Other times when I straighten the leg the knee does not lock but I feel a snap. 

When I apply pressure around the area there is no tenderness.  The knee is a little swollen but hardly noticeable.  I sometimes have pain when I walk down stairs, but otherwise it doesn't hurt until it locks.  The locking is painful but not excruciating.  The thought of the knee not working is much worse than the pain.

From what I've read, these are common signs of a torn meniscus, but I've had an MRI which, according to the Radiologist report, does not show a tear.  The Radioloigst report says there is some fluid in the knee, but otherwise offers no clues.  Prior to the MRI my sports doctor said he was 95% sure it was a meniscus.  I've not talked with him since the MRI.

Any suggestions?   Thanks. 

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Re: Knee locks and clicks
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 11:31:03 PM »
MRIs are notorious at not showing meniscus tears (or showing them where none exists) - depends on which machine and also depends on the skill of the rad reading the MRI. 

You need the sports doc to review the MRI and to discuss further.  Joint line pain is also a common symptom of meniscus tear.  I'd be more inclined to believe a specialist than an MRI
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Re: Knee locks and clicks
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2012, 04:10:26 AM »
More times than not The OS can read the MRI better than the radiologist.   Have him/her  look at it.   LAS