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Pinching pain and locking of knee
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:50:08 AM »
Recently, I have been having random incidents where, when I'm walking, I get a sharp pain in the lateral left knee. My knee locks and I have to grab hold of something b/c it feels like it won't support me. After I limp a few steps, it will release and I can walk normally again and the pain subsides. There seems to be no pattern as to when it occurs and I get no warning it's going to happen. Because of this, I'm becoming scared to go out alone in case it gives out completely.

There is no swelling in the knee at all. There is little to no pain at other times, so I haven't tried ice or anti-inflammatories.

Background - fall on the patella, damaging the patellar tendon, 20+ years ago; hypermobile joints, including the knees; kneecaps are too high, according to orthopedist several years ago

Any idea what I might be looking at as the cause of my issue? Should I see the ortho, even though this is an unpredictable & intermittent issue? I'm at a loss as to how to proceed...

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Re: Pinching pain and locking of knee
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 09:01:54 AM »
It could be a torn meniscus, the pinching and locking could be the tissue catching in the joint.  You don't say hold you are but such tears can occur due to degenerate tissue as we age rather than a specific injury. I have one myself, Best to see the specialist for an examination and maybe an  MRI

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Re: Pinching pain and locking of knee
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 10:23:32 AM »
Thanks for the quick response!

I am 43 - almost 44 - so age is likely a factor. I suspected this could be meniscus related, but thought that would cause constant pain rather than this strange, intermittent locking and inability to walk. Is the inconsistency of the symptoms typical of a meniscus issue?

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Re: Pinching pain and locking of knee
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2013, 10:26:54 AM »
Mine is pretty similar this time round.  I initially tore the lateral meniscus in 2009, meanies tommy about 5 months later, as issues were constant and mechanical. Locked, unable to straighten, then buckling

Latest tear in different location as I understand it, comes with joint line pain, and weakness especially if twisting.  I am 41

I'd see the specialist and get the scan.  Intermittent, you will probably want to avoid surgery if the tear is small but keep an eye on it, maybe use a support.
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
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2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Pinching pain and locking of knee
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2013, 03:52:20 PM »
Thanks for the response. It locked up a couple of times yesterday and today just aches, even with 600mg of ibuprofen. My daughter has a movie date at the house this afternoon, so I may go to ortho urgent care tomorrow. This is what I get for getting out of shape, I suppose...