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#1 DKTanker

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1620 PM

The other day, without looking, I stepped off a curb and took a nasty spill.  It was a warm day so was wearing shorts and I noticed my knee looked misshapen, so I pushed things back as best I could.  I did manage to get to my feet but here's the thing, I couldn't bend my knee.  The trip the emergency room wasn't terribly painful so long as I kept my leg straight, but any kind of bending made my thigh muscles knot up above the knee cap.  So here I am, my leg immobilized, while I await my appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and an MRI.

Local soreness inside and outside the knee, excruciating pain when I try to bend the knee, and utterly unable to lift my lower leg.  Any guesses at what I'm looking at?

 

Addendum:  An x-ray was negative for broken bones and all bones are present and accounted for in the correct position.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1655 PM

So  in essence, you busted your final drive running over a curb? 

Hopefully they can fix it without a complete swap. 


Edited by rmgill, 06 December 2017 - 1656 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1700 PM

APCs and ice...
Honestly, I hope thats all you need.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1709 PM

So  in essence, you busted your final drive running over a curb? 

Hopefully they can fix it without a complete swap. 

Hopefully, but from where I'm sitting now, no bueno.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1715 PM

APCs and ice...
Honestly, I hope thats all you need.

There's swelling, but it isn't particularly painful until or unless I bend the knee more than about 10 degrees.  I am somewhat ambulatory, no pain while while standing and bearing weight on it, nor when I swing my leg to walk, but there is no way I can get in my truck much less drive it.  Right leg, wouldn't you know.

So yeah, some things are looking good, others not so good.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1727 PM

Probably a meniscus tear. Probably arthroscopic surgery to remove any chunks floating around in your knee joint will be recommended. In the mean time, follow the RICE protocol - rest, ice, compression, elevation.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1744 PM

Wardrobe suggestions to go with the knee brace...

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More seriously, I hope it ends up being and easy fix by the Orthopedists and the healing time isn't too protracted. 


Edited by rmgill, 06 December 2017 - 1744 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1751 PM

I'm about a month post-op from an arthroscopic procedure where they filed down some flaking cartilege from the bottom of my knee and reconnected a ligament that was starting to come off (!!!) my kneecap. I was walking wounded for 6 months before surgery, and while I'm still not 100% back to pre-surgery strength, it's nice to not have to ice my knee daily and be able to walk for more than 5 minutes without a brace. 

 

Keep us posted, and do exactly what the ortho says.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1849 PM

Busted knee eh? Time to put ya down

 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 1915 PM

so this is you now...

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 2014 PM

If only I could bend it that much.  When they wheeled me into the E-Room one person had to hold my foot and leg up parallel with the ground.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 2022 PM

Please see a specialist. The regenrative techniques make recovery so much faster and more complete.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 0301 AM

It sound like a torn ligament, but I'm not a medical person. Agree with Simon, there are people who specialize in this kind of injury and it is important to see them just in case you do more damage...my brother had a climbing accident in his 20's that he ignored and he basically can't run more than a block now because of damage done on torn ligaments. If you have the means, get a doctor to look at it. Best of luck.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 0602 AM

Please see a specialist. The regenrative techniques make recovery so much faster and more complete.

+1. See an orthopedic doc who sub-specializes in knees. Will most likely be in a larger group practice. While we don't have the resiliency of youth at our age we do have the benefit of experience. Good luck!



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 0750 AM

I hope it heals up soon.

 

I dont quite know how to broach this without sounding alarmist, and I apologize if I am. Is this a one off? Does you leg have a habit of folding up on you as you step of a curb?



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 1043 AM

I hope it heals up soon.

 

I dont quite know how to broach this without sounding alarmist, and I apologize if I am. Is this a one off? Does you leg have a habit of folding up on you as you step of a curb?

A one off.  I carelessly walked off the curb while using my phone.  No damage to the phone, just a misshapen knee.  



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 1103 AM

 

I hope it heals up soon.

 

I dont quite know how to broach this without sounding alarmist, and I apologize if I am. Is this a one off? Does you leg have a habit of folding up on you as you step of a curb?

A one off.  I carelessly walked off the curb while using my phone.  No damage to the phone, just a misshapen knee.  

 

 

Good. Well, not good but you know what I mean.

 

My father had this problem all that time when he walked off curbs and it was the first sign of a muscular problem. Im glad its not that anyway.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 1108 AM

Just make sure you see the right sort of specialist...and not this one...

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 1220 PM

That's horrible. I hope you recover quickly. If you have an opportunity to see a PT after the surgery, take it. They frequently know more about recovery than the doctors, and know all the tricks to make your life easier and avoid re-injury.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 1234 PM

Little to add to all of the above except the sooner the better, bad news don't improve with age and it's going to hurt no matter what.






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