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Meniscus or collateral - what's causing my issue?
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:17:12 PM »
Hi to all knee gurus!

I'm at my wits end and need some help. It's my right knee and getting different types of pain in two locations. Now i cannot say what caused this as it seems to have creeped up on me, there was no specific event that i can point to and say "that's what did it".

Location 1 - Inside front of right knee

Limited flexion - If I pull my heel to my butt, I can get to 90 degrees no probs but the minute i go passed this the inside/front of my knee starts to gets sore. If i then pull the heel all the way to my butt I get a sharp stabbing pain that feels like something has split/torn.

Cross legged - I get the exact same pain as above if i try to sit cross legged (knee is is flexed but also rotataed inwards) The inward rotation causes the sharp split/tear feeling on the inside but also causes tightness/discomfort to the rear outer part of my right knee.

Location 2 - Outside rear of right knee

Heel pull - what i mean by this... If i am taking off my right shoe (in a lazy fashion) by pulling my heel up and back i get a tight pain on the outer rear of my knee. If i use more power the pain gets worse (hamstring?)

I have seen a physio but she was so vague it was unreal stating both the meniscus and ligament were the problem (she finally told me to get an MRI as she didn't know what was causing it).

I've had weeks of sports massage/interferential/accupuncture/ultrasound but nothing seems to work.

I have tried the good old RICE for 4 weeks but nothing is easing off.

Help!!!  :'(

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Re: Meniscus or collateral - what's causing my issue?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 02:51:40 PM »
Get a scan done as it could be a number of things, including a combination of several small problems. Try to get the highest possible resolution, rather than the cheapest possible if you have to pay. MRI scans are only as good as the resolution of the machine taking the pictures and the skill of the radiologists reading the pictures. They are not to be considered infallible though under any circumstances!

If pushed, I'd suspect a torn meniscus and a meniscal cyst (also called a Baker's Cyst), but with proper diagnosis from hands on experts (ie specialist knee people - surgical or sports therapist), you are only going to fumble around looking for possible solutions to vague descriptions of problems.

People here are primarily patients, not medical professionals, so any advice or suggestions we make are based on our personal experiences. We cannot diagnose, nor prescribe a particular form of treatment over another. As soon as you have a clear diagnosis we can however, exchange experiences with the same or similar conditions and you may get some suggestions of particular experts who have helped others in your neck of the woods. Remember though that what suits some people in terms of "bedside manner" may not suit others, so views on experts are based on how much success people experienced with their treatment and how they prefer to be treated by the doctors/therapists.  ;) One man's meat is another man's poison as they say!  ;D
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