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Offline Gurt111

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Lateral knee pain
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:50:50 PM »
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum, hoping someone can help!  About 16 years ago I had a ski accident, resulting in a complete tear of my MCL and partial tear and avulsion of my ACL, I had an open repair and a lot of physio on it.  Generally my knee has been ok since then, no instability etc, however ever since periodically when walking or even standing, when I put weight through it, I get a paralysing pain to the lateral aspect of my knee, it stops me in my tracks, and leaves me thinking that my knee is locked and I won't be able to wb, however after a minute it recovers and it is ok again.  This problem happened occasionally, but recently has started happening more and more often, but it seems to have gone away again in the last few weeks, (I know it will happen again though) I have had an mri which showed a lot of swelling and oedema in the lateral aspect of my knee, but no meniscus damage.  I has seen an orthopaedic surgeon and he is going to scope my knee next month, he thinks there may be meniscus damage.  Has anyone else had this problem?  Many thanks

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Re: Lateral knee pain
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2015, 02:08:33 PM »
I've just had an arthroscopy for lateral knee pain, fraying in the lateral meniscus, an impinged fat pad and some cartilage softening the cause of the pain, I didn't have any specific mechanical issues (an anterior tear this time, I had a posterior tear in the other knee before and that caused all the mechanical issues and also needed surgery)

The locking/buckling is typical of a meniscus tear getting caught, MRIs aren't infallible at picking up tears, there are other tests the specialist can do, check for joint pain etc. unfortunately meniscus tears are poor healers and if it doesn't resolve, surgery is usually needed.  Get yourself a good physio sorted for after the op

There's a really good video and primer on the meniscus in the info hub

Good luck :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
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