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Offline Littleallyathlete

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Unidentified Knee Injury
« on: May 24, 2014, 01:58:19 AM »
I'm young, very active, and have a history of 'runner's knee'. I was playing powderpuff football on my university's team last night and, when blocking someone, I heard a strange pop/crack (like cracking your fingers) in my knee, the same one I have trouble with. It hurt instantly, but not so much that I stopped playing. It was sore all through the rest of the game, and then I kind of forgot about it. I woke up in the night with an ache in my knee. I stood up, and found that I couldn't bear weight on it. It was painful, but I also just couldn't bear weight; it would collapse. I can't fully extend or bend it. Again, not only does it hurt, but I literally can go to my full range of motion. I walked around during the day (and by walk I mean pitifully limped) around today, and the pain got worse and my knee is now noticeably swollen. Is this still runner's knee? If not, what is it, and how do I treat it?

Offline benbmu

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Re: Unidentified Knee Injury
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 09:53:49 PM »
Hey. I play football too.
Sounds like you've torn your meniscus.
Give it a maximum of two weeks, and if still concerned, stop dithering and go and see your GP, if they tell you nothings wrong (GPs often will when there actually is), pay for a consultation with a private specialist (100-200) and get an mri scan (200, search online) for him/her to evaluate. Well worth it.
Letting it heal by itself will take at least 6 months with no guarantee of it actually healing at all (if you do indeed have a torn meniscus).
Feb' 13 - Tore right knee lateral meniscus playing american football. No surgery (healed great)
Aug' 13 - Tore left knee lateral meniscus and partial ACL tear playing american football
Dec '13 - Partial menisectomy left knee - diagnosed discoid meniscus, ACL conservative treatment, no instability