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Offline Mhr123

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Could the mri be wrong????
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:26:59 PM »
About a week and a half ago I fell on some black ice. My knee swelled immediately and  I had considerable bruising and chills for a couple hours after ( I really fell hard). Nothing  felt wrong inside the knee but I had a lot of stabbing pain and burning around the bottom half of my knee cap and right below. I could stand on it and bend it. When I bent it I got the stabbing pain and the swelling definitely didn't allow me to bend it fully.

I went to the ortho guy for an x-ray because I really thought I chipped my knee cap.  He felt partial patellar tendon tear.  I was shocked but went with it and got the mri.  I was all clear -no tear just a lot of swelling and he sent me on my way

1.5 weeks later. Swelling is down a bit but still VERY swollen. Bruising is still very there although a little better
Stabbing still very much there and still can not kneel AT ALL without getting searing pain.  When it first happened anything hurt that touched it including a light bed sheet, now that's ok but I still feel it but I definitely can't sleep on my stomach as that is to much pressure on my knee cap area

Thoughts?  My knee is pretty functional. Only other thing is that it's hard to straighten the last little bit but I can do it. It just hurts and I have to really concentrate to do it it won't naturally straighten all the way

Is this just a bruise or did the mri tech miss something?.  If it is a bruise how much longer til I start to see some improvement?

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Re: Could the mri be wrong????
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 02:55:17 PM »
In short, yes the MRI could be wrong or the tech could have missed something. Did an orthopaedist order the MRI? If it were me, and I'd been conservative for 5 weeks and still feeling limited function and noticing swelling I would return back to my ortho for a follow up.
This is a different scenerio from yours, but I have a very large area of bone marrow edema (bone swelling) and microfractures in the majority of my upper tibia and I am looking at 15 weeks of protected weight bearing with crutches and a brace until we will decide if it can heal on it's own. Mine is not an injury but the rapid degeneration of my knee joint, but I wanted to provide you with a reference to just how long severe bone bruises can take to heal.

In your case, a partially torn patellar tendon doesn't sound like a small injury in itself.  :'(

Best of luck to you!
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Re: Could the mri be wrong????
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 04:45:20 PM »
Just a little tip -  sleep with a cushion or pillow between your knee - just take it easy for a few days, then see what the next step is.

JohnK/ Manchester UK

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Re: Could the mri be wrong????
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 11:33:15 PM »
Yes the orthopedist ordered the MRI. I guess I didn't realize bruising could take so long. When he sent me on my way a week ago I kind of thought I would be good to go soon. I guess I am kind of surprised as to how little progress it had made....clearly I am not a patient person

Thanks for the sleeping tip, hopefully I will sleep through the night.  :)

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Re: Could the mri be wrong????
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 11:47:47 PM »
I had a big bone bruise in my femur after my knee injury.  I belive it went within 5 months, however my specialist did say it can take a year

RICE is the best method for reducing swelling

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Re: Could the mri be wrong????
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 12:49:56 PM »
Thanks for the pillow was genius  ;D