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Offline esmith08734

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Strange knee pain.
« on: October 04, 2014, 10:02:32 PM »
Ok, so, just throwing it out there, I am going to a doctor if the pain persists. I just want to see what you all think, having being unfortunate experts and all.

Well, the other day I was getting into my car and felt a strange pull inside my knee cap. I heard a grinding noise. I can't describe it as a pop, but it felt off. I definitely felt something. It hurt, but not unbelievably. Whatever. Carried on. I had the same dull pain for a couple of days, nothing I really considered serious because I have played sports all of my life and I know what it's like to get some bumps and bruises.

So, last night, about three days after the initial incident, I felt a dull ache in my knee again and decided to try and stretch it out. I leaned forward in a squat position and immediately felt agony. My knee completely locked out and was killing me. I had to roll on my side to try and get up. In that moment, I thought I tore my ACL, but I didn't want to think like that because I understand what an ACL tear is and how serious of an injury it is.

This morning the pain is pretty much the same. In certain movements, I feel intense pain and I can't bend down or raise my leg too high without my knee being in pain. I would characterize the pain as being behind my kneecap and along the side, towards the inner part of my knee. It radiates around my quadriceps muscle as well, but that's just a dull ache.

As far as swelling goes, there's not much at all. The quadriceps muscle above my knee is a little swollen but the pain is persistent in the center of my kneecap, like inside. The bone itself doesn't hurt. Walking is somewhat of a problem, as it aches, but sitting normally doesn't hurt. It's strange.

I don't think it's an ACL injury and I don't even think it's a ligament thing, I think it might just be some joint issue. It is very painful in certain movements, though. If I bend too far, I am stuck and need help getting up, and when I do fully extend back up, it's a nightmare.

What do you guys think, again, I am going to go the orthopeadist if the pain persists, but I want to be optimistic going in.

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Re: Strange knee pain.
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2014, 10:51:37 PM »
Did you twist the knee?  My guess could be meniscus tear, locking, along the joint.  Go see a doctor however, as you need a hands on examination and potentially an MRI to diagnose/confirm

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Re: Strange knee pain.
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 04:32:11 AM »
I agree.  Pain getting  in or out of a car,  locking, generalized dull pain, pain in the joint during weight bearing exercises such as squatting are all signs of a meniscus tear.  It sounds like you have a piece of cartilage stuck in  your joint causing it to lock.   It happened to me and it was no day at the beach!   Even if you don't have a ligament tear all of what I mentioned causes a strain on other structures of your knee thus causing further damage.   It's very common to have an ACL tear with a meniscus tear. You can't be sure until you have an exam and MRI.  Being in sports and use to the bumps and bruises, you probably have a high tolerance to pain but I wouldn't ignore these symptoms for too long.
See a specialist as soon as possible.   Until then rest your knee,  ice, elevate as much as possible.
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Re: Strange knee pain.
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 04:31:19 AM »
Scheduling an appointment tomorrow. About two weeks since the incident and no improvement; I am getting a bit nervous.