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Offline Lofty76

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Diagnosis help
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:29:13 AM »
I wonder if anyone could help me to diagnose an ongoing (4 months) knee problem?

I have not injured my knee in any way, but began to feel a sore ache in my knee when walking downstairs, and especially during sports (bowling). My knee often feels like it'll give way.

I have subsequently had both an X-ray & MRI scan which have both come back as clear. My OS has even said I have a 'good knee'. (But it feels awful).
He has advised me to undertake physio, although I'm sceptical as to what this can achieve?

My problem persists and any activity, walking or even household chores such as cutting grass causes discomfort and aching in my knee. At rest, it sometimes feels as though I have a foreign body in my knee.

Apologies if this is in the wrong place, as I am new to the forum. Any help, greatly appreciated.

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Re: Diagnosis help
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2014, 03:09:45 AM »
Hi Lofty76:  It would be very hard to say what the problem might be.   If the x-ray and MRI turned up negative, than I would try the physical therapy.  When you work with a physical therapist they can strengthen your muscles around your knee like the quadriceps, help you to get better ROM, teach you how to properly use your joints when doing just household chores.  Also I find that they can determine if there is additional concerns  that the MRI or even the physician did not pick up on.  MRI's are not always 100% accurate.  After I had my first knee surgery the PT said that my limping was not just from my knee but my hip as well and she was right.  There was indeed some hip arthritis going on and the surgeon never diagnosed that.  She could tell without an x-ray.  For me to get the best therapy on my knee I had to work on my hip as well.   If there is a weakness there they are trained to diagnose it and work with you and physician.  I hope this helps you.  Best of Luck:  LAS
 

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Re: Diagnosis help
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2014, 12:16:24 PM »
Thanks for your response LAS.

I am booked to see a specialist knee physio  next week.
Will keep my fingers crossed that I can get some answers on my mysterious diagnosis.

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Re: Diagnosis help
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2014, 12:34:56 PM »
Perhaps have a read around patello-femoral syndrome (PFPS).  There are some good primers in the information hub about knee issues

Good luck with the physio :)
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Re: Diagnosis help
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
After a couple of physio sessions, my PT thinks I have a plica.
I have been shown some alignment exercises but the problem is they seem to aggregate my condition/plica even more. Bending knees etc.
Can physio help plica? Or will I need an injection or surgery?

I'm so frustrated!