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Offline lookingforadvice

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Treating second dislocated patella without an MRI
« on: February 06, 2018, 10:24:12 PM »
Hi everyone,

First time poster. Quick background: I dislocated my left kneecap 5 years ago without any torn cartilage and I do not think I had an MRI done. Recovery was pretty standard with an immobilizer for a few weeks, then knee brace for a few weeks along with physio. I just redislocated my knee playing soccer and went into a knee specialist with an immobilizer on 4 days later. After x-rays and a physical examination he said not to use the immobilizer anymore and only use crutches until I can walk normally again. Physio would start once the swelling goes down. He said I could get surgery if I wanted to play active sports again, but I am just now entering the "real world" and playing sports is not urgent. I plan on doing powerlifting/boxing/golf classes once I recover. I asked if I needed an MRI and the doc said he did not think I needed one unless I was looking to have surgery done. Is it normal to not have an MRI done? Based on nothing other than online research it seems like there could be torn cartilage that cannot be found without an MRI scan. It has been a week and a day since my dislocation, and I am already almost walking normally without crutches. Swelling is substantially lower than a few days after the dislocation occurred

TLDR; I dislocated my kneecap for the second time and after looking at x-rays and a physical examination, the doctor said he did not think an MRI was necessary unless I wanted stability surgery.

I really appreciate any advice you guys can give me.

Offline leahjg-90

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Re: Treating second dislocated patella without an MRI
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 08:01:28 AM »

I am recently recovering from dislocation 8 of my right knee. All I can say from my experience is with each dislocation, it has been more painful and harder to recover from. This time it took me 16 weeks to get back to walking without a crutch or brace. 18 weeks now and I still have quite a bit of pain.

I had an MRI and they identified a few things. Iím now with s specialist and having surgery next month. Hopefully this will be the fix I should have had years ago. (I moved around a lot and each dislocation was in a different NHS trust. Had to wait until I stopped growing too)!

My advice would be get the MRI and go from there! It gets more painful and harder to bounce back from!

Good Luck.