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Can any-one identify these symptoms please?
« on: January 15, 2004, 11:59:14 AM »
Hello All,

Newbie here :-) need a little help with a current knee problem.  I have been referred to a specialist and have what looks like a fair old wait for an appointment, thought I would ask you guys in the meantime.

Here is a little bit about me and my problems, any help very much appreciated...

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Rugby Player (and some football)

Knee history - Ligament problems and Cartlidge problems needed surgery at 16, also had Osgood Schlatters which I dont think has gone.

Current Problem
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I have a weak left knee, that's not the main problem but it doesn't help  :(  Anyways whenever I run or play sports the knee becomes very painful and swells slightly, below the knee cap on the front and slightly to the left.  If I play sports for an hour this pain becomes quit servere and the next day I have trouble walking.

As I say I have been referred to a specialist, private health care wont touch me due to previous injury so I have to wait for the NHS to pay (im UK based).

If anyone has experienced such an injury in the past I would really really appreciate some info and also some advice on knee braces and/or treatments.

Thanks for taking the time to read

Cheers

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Re: Can any-one identify these symptoms please?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2004, 07:41:09 AM »
There are many, many things which could be going on in your knee.  It would be best to wait until you see your orthopedic surgeon, as anyone here would just be guessing.

If you look in section called 'overuse problems of the knee' you will find some threads on OSD--including some information on adults who had this as children and what it has done for their knees.

Hope this helps a bit.  In the meantime, if your knee is swelling that much and becoming too painful to walk on after exercise, it would probably be a good idea to lay off the impact stuff.  Biking, swimming, even an eliptical trainer can help you stay in shape while you are waiting to see the doctor.  Also, try to practice RICE after any physical activity:  Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.  The rest is obvious--no impact stuff, or anything else that has made your knee swell and hurt.  Ice for 20 mins on and 20-40mins off, always with a cotton towel or cloth between the ice and your skin.  Do this 4-6 times a day during bad flares.  Compression can be a tensor (ACE bandage here in the US) or even a neoprene knee sleeve.  Elevation (usually done during icing) means getting the knee above the level of your heart to help drain the swelling out of the joint.

Best of luck.

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Re: Can any-one identify these symptoms please?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2004, 12:50:18 PM »
Read up a bit about tears of the anterior horn of the meniscus. This link may also help:
http://www.sportsdoc.umn.edu/Clinical_Folder/Knee_Folder/Knee_Exam/tenderness%20main.htm
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Re: Can any-one identify these symptoms please?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2004, 04:45:43 PM »
Hello,

Many thanks for your replies.  I had a good read of that link Mr Guru and I performed a few of the stress tests to see if it was a meniscal tear and it certainly matches up.

Also I read the bit about the pain being under the fingers and it certainly is, a small 'fatty' type lump is there and very painful so it could be a 'joint line capsule problem'.

I really do appreciate your help, may I ask one more thing.  If this is the problem what is the treatment? certain surgery??

Thanks again so far, great forums

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Re: Can any-one identify these symptoms please?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2004, 05:38:04 PM »
I have read the forums further and it sounds like surgery is the way to go  ??? gutted.