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Offline Another_angel

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knee issues
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:51:31 PM »
Last month, even if on that day I wasn't in my best shape, I went on a long run because I wanted to lose some weight.
When I finished my run, I felt that my legs were weak, and I couldn't even straighten my legs.
However, the doctor said that I had just a muscle strain, and I would completely recover very soon.

However, some days later, while I tried to get up from a chair, and I used my left leg, I felt something had run - in a line - through my left knee (from top to bottom).
I wouldn't say it was painful, but once I was on my feet, my left leg felt a bit weaker than my left leg probably felt a bit weaker, at least for the fist moments.

Five days afterwards, I became able to straighten my legs, but I decided to abstain from going up the stairs for a few days until my legs felt a little stronger.

Yesterday, my legs had the same range of motion and strength, so I went up the stairs.

Today, my left leg feels weaker, while the right one feels just about as strong.

Should I worry about this?

(Is it possible that this could have been a tear of any of the knee tissues?)
 


Is this possible that this could have been a meniscus tear?
I've hear that there are some tests to check this, but I think it would think it would be better for me to try than when I'm feeling a little better.
Anyway,  assuming this is a meniscos tear, what should I do for now and in the future?
Should I listen to a doctor again?
And how long could it take for this to develop into osteoarthritis?

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Re: knee issues
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2020, 10:41:27 PM »
What sort of doctor did you see? Primary care/GP or a knee specialist?
If the former, try to see a specialist if there’s been no improvement. Or see a physiotherapist as they are also expert in injuries.
Is there swelling? Pain? Whereabouts in the knee? Along the joint between thigh and shin or more around the front of the knee or the kneecap

How old are you? Are you rather overweight?

There are lots of things it could be, see a specialist, perhaps get an MRI if the specialist thinks it is needed.

Knee injuries can take a long time to resolve, even minor ones. Avoid running (if you do run get a gait analysis done to ensure you have suitable footwear)

There’s lots of information in the Primers in the learning portfolio (link at top of page), on common injuries, kneecap issues, meniscus and so on

Good luck

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Re: knee issues
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2020, 12:05:15 PM »
Yes, I consulted a knee specialist who told me I initially I had just strained a muscle.

And I felt an (unpainful) 'run' in my knee, from top yo bottom, in the middle of the knee (or kneecap).

Could this also have been a fibre of a muscle that was also pulled?

(Is there any muscle tissue in the kneecap?)

Oh, and by the way, I'm 49 years old.

(But when someone has strained their hamstring, or any other leg muscles - , they have no strength in the legs.)
« Last Edit: July 16, 2020, 12:25:37 PM by Another_angel »

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Re: knee issues
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2020, 12:39:28 PM »
Doesn’t sound like meniscus, more like overuse runners knee or patellofemoral syndrome (pain around front of kneecap typical). I’d seek out a physio with experience in diagnosing and treating injured knees

If it is PFS you’ll need to rest up, minimise walking, avoid aggravating it and be patient

Some info on common issues here

https://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/primers/common-knee-disorders

Kneecap issues

https://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/primers/patella/pain-syndromes-related-patella

There’s a tendon that attaches the patella to the shin, this can get inflamed (patella primer tendinitis, associated with overuse), there’s also a fat pad below the kneecap which can get aggravated and even pinched (it’s full of nerves so can be painful)

At 49, could also be some wear (arthritis) in the knee and degeneration in meniscus (mine are shot at 48 and have been for a few years, goes hand in hand with arthritic changes)

Meniscus primer

https://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/primers/meniscus

Can you get a scan? What country are you in?

Good luck :)
« Last Edit: July 16, 2020, 12:41:10 PM by Vickster »
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

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Re: knee issues
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2020, 02:13:25 PM »
Sometimes these rather vague injuries take time before you can really work out what happened. The one thing to understand, though, is that the quads (lap) muscle is peculiar in that it can become inhibited if there is some underlying issue in the knee, and this can normalise once the underlying problem resolves itself. That would account for the weakness...
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