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Offline lealae

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how can you tell the difference between...
« on: August 25, 2004, 04:54:39 AM »
Hi there I am new to this site.  My Dr. thinks I have a torn meniscus in my left knee and my physiotherapist suggests perhaps it is fermoral petella symdrome.I recently had a slight kick to my knee by a child while I was turning to put her down.  I really didn't have much of a knee problem before this incident and now have alot of clicking in my knee,  feeling like it gets stuck a bit but not quite locking,pain on occasion and alot of swelling to inside area of my left knee.

Any suggestions as to which it may be?  I'm not allowed back to work until I have no restrictions.  I have an apt. with OS but not until Jan/05 and also am on a waiting list for an MRI.  My Dr. did a McMurray's test as said was positive for torn meniscus, but I'm feeling confused with my the difference between him and the physiotherapist.

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2004, 08:03:48 AM »

The OS will really be the one to tell you what the problem is......It is awful though that you have to wait for SOOOOOO long.

Having a positive McMurry test does not always mean that you have a torn meniscus.  I have had a positive McMurry on both my knees for over 10 years.  It wasn't until recently however that I had actually torn some cartilage and have to have a small piece of it taken out.  It drove one of my OSs crazy that I could have such a positive McMurry, but nothing showed up on the MRI and it was confirmed that my meniscus was perfectly fine during a scope.

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2004, 08:19:08 AM »
good info from heather..that test is not foolproof or always my history i always found that the diagnosis of meniscus tears was a very inexact science..especially for those w/ tracking probs..wuite often pfs or maltracking can sem to mask itself symptom wise as a meniscus tear...

how are you feeling tonite holly..gutting it out myselfnut looks like an all nighter again..pain/burning/swelling/fell again on the subway..blah good books to read and movies..roomis nice and cool and i'm making myself as comfy as poss..

have a great pain free nite


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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2004, 08:07:18 PM »
Thanks Heather & Ron.  I know it is very difficult to tell with knee problems with or without MRI or x-ray.
I went back to physio this am and the OT said he believes my knee has a compounded problem with a torn medial  meniscus and patellafemoral setting in as well.
His main focus right now is to reduce the swelling and pain levels and next week we will work on my quads.  Sounds like fun--not!--lol.
I really need to wait for my MRI to see exactly where my problems are.  I very much appreciate your input and/or suggestions.  
I live in Ontario Canada and although  our health system is very good and free of cost to us  we wait very long to have referral appts. and or testing done.
Take care