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    Heres the lowdown.

    Last October I was playing football and landed awkwardly. Heard a crunch and had a very bendy leg.

    Knee started swelling badly. Went to emergency dept and DR said ice and rest it for a week.

    In the end I was in bed for 6 weeks before I could barely walk - and then I had to go back to my physical job.

    Anyway went back to a GP (when my kene wasn't 100%) who said she couldn't do anything and to go and see a physio.

    So I went to see a physio who suggested I do exercices to strengthen my muscles (which was fair enough because by this time I could walk as normal but my knee just felt weak).

    So today I went to see another physio as my knee generally feels fine but I still get some twinging feelings. After his tests he says my knees move around a little too much and I possibly have torn one of my cruiciate ligaments.

    So now I can either strengthen my leg and then just go on as normal (i am not a mega sportman) but he did warn that if I didn't have it properly checked out I could suffer in my 30/40/50's from pain and arthiritis.

    So now I have a letter reffering me to see a specialist in the hospital (which I have to do via a GP).

    So I am slightly peeved that I might need surgery and this wasn't picked up before (even tho the Dr at A+E and my GP are not specialists - the first physio was!)

    Tho I am glad to hoepfulyl get it checked out by a proper specialist I may have to wait a long time on the NHS - i aint bothered baout the surgery but I am starting a new job soon and I told them about my knee and that it was all OK - and now I might need lots of time off :rolleyes:

    So not sure what to do now - he says I can do all the strengthening exercises and play football *if i feel up to it* but longterm I shoudl still see what the specialist says (which I wil ldo)

    Anyoen had knee surgery? I feel liek I am being chopped down in my prime!! lol, mind you its times liek these where I can be happy I can even walk after what happened.

    If I was a pro, I probably would had surgery straight away and be back to playing by now :rolleyes:
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    I am in exactly the same situation as you. I did some damage to my knee skiing in feb. Had it xrayed, dr's saw nothing. Went to A&E 2 weeks later because it seriously hurt - Ice it. 2 months later went to GP, got a referal to the physio. Did physio exercises - made it worse. Back to GP - refered. Seeing the specialist tomorrow with a likelyhood of surgery on my meniscus.

    I know it sucks, but knee injuries are hard to pick up
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    Ive got a torn ACL in my left knee, and opted not to have an operation yet as im still quite young and when I had my MRI I was still growing - after ALOT of physio, I have got it to a manageable level, and although its not perfect, I can live with it, so will leave the operation out unless I really need it - I suggest the same course of action for you - only take the operation if the knee is impinging on you quality of life.
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    LMK what the specialist said.

    ^ The problem is that (or what the physio suggested) was that if I do nothign about it now then in 20 years time if I wnat to be active then I might struggle from having a weak knee - especially for things like running.

    At the moment I am content to build up more strength and see what the specialist says after an MIR scan.

    I actually have no problem with the surgery and the tiem out. Its mainly because i start a new job and i already fillwed out a medical saying i was OK - not sure what to say now!
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    I too had an MRI scan for my knee when I was playing football, made an abrupt turn and heard a loud "crack" and fell badly. I currently have a torn ACT (anterior cruciate ligament)and a damaged meniscus. Doctors have said that if I want to live a normal life I don't need to operate but if I were to play football, go skiing, etc... I would need to. I have this torn ACT since over two months now and I want to operate but due to my pilot studies and a pending medical test I have to wait....maybe next summer....maybe after one and a half year.....or whenever I have 3 months free time to recover.
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    I have the same thing mohit, and after intensive physio I have been for the last year playing hockey 4 times a week (sometimes more) - I suggest you try the physio first, you may be surprised.
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    (Original post by Mohit_C)
    I too had an MRI scan for my knee when I was playing football, made an abrupt turn and heard a loud "crack" and fell badly. I currently have a torn ACT (anterior cruciate ligament)and a damaged meniscus. Doctors have said that if I want to live a normal life I don't need to operate but if I were to play football, go skiing, etc... I would need to. I have this torn ACT since over two months now and I want to operate but due to my pilot studies and a pending medical test I have to wait....maybe next summer....maybe after one and a half year.....or whenever I have 3 months free time to recover.
    Yea basically I got the same... sucks!

    Thing is I am happy to not play footy for the time being but do i really want to give up any chance of proepr activity for the future? toughie

    chances are i could injure myself in the future again and so end up having loads of time out anyway.
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    LMK what the specialist said.

    ^ The problem is that (or what the physio suggested) was that if I do nothign about it now then in 20 years time if I wnat to be active then I might struggle from having a weak knee - especially for things like running.

    At the moment I am content to build up more strength and see what the specialist says after an MIR scan.

    I actually have no problem with the surgery and the tiem out. Its mainly because i start a new job and i already fillwed out a medical saying i was OK - not sure what to say now!
    its irrelevant that they missed it really, because it wouldn't have changed the management.
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    (Original post by Jamie)
    its irrelevant that they missed it really, because it wouldn't have changed the management.
    erm, what?
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    I had surgery on my knee 6 years ago. It was nothing major; I had a torn cartillage and had keyhole surgery. General anaesthetic and home in the afternoon, didnt even need crutches but had a big bandage and no football for I think 6 weeks, though I cant remember the details.
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    I've had a couple of near misses with a dodgy knee myself and sooner or later I think it will put me in hospital. Good luck with your surgery.
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    (Original post by Clubber Lang)
    Yea basically I got the same... sucks!

    Thing is I am happy to not play footy for the time being but do i really want to give up any chance of proepr activity for the future? toughie

    chances are i could injure myself in the future again and so end up having loads of time out anyway.
    I tore my ACL 3 years ago, had the operation 2 years ago. My knee still isn't OK, so my BIG advice (and warning) to you is to not make the same mistake i did after the operation:
    1. Eat properly (i went on a strict diet..)
    2. Do ALL the exercises even though it sucks, and do them well (i got kind of depressed and hated it so bad)
    3. Go back to footy when you can, do it all properly and listen to your physio (i went back too soon, then quit because I was scared. Now I've quit forever)

    I can walk on my knee, and run in a straight line. But unless I do something radical, I can never again play basketball, or footy or anything like that. And it really sucks. On bad days, I can just about walk, and that's it. So..all in all - it's just 6 months of rehab - do it properly.
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    (Original post by Clubber Lang)
    erm, what?
    Its a bit irrelevant that it took a while to pin point that you had torn a ligament rather than dmamaged it a little, because the medical management would have been the same. They would have waited at least 2 months anyway for all the swelling and problems to reduce somewhat, and then they would start thinking about what else could be done - such as surgery.

    Many people are lacking certain knee ligaments and cope fine without them believe it or not.
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    yeah i had knee surgery about 5/6 years ago and it's permanent damage, oh well
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    Sounds like you might have torn your ACL.
    I'm 9 months post-surgery on mine, took them nearly 8 months to work out that I'd torn it. I was initially told by the so-called Doctor in A&E that there was nothing wrong with my knee!

    Get an MRI on it asap, and I would advise surgery.
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    I twisted my knee (more than once) most badly when I was about 16. Didnt run for about 6 months. I got told exactly the same thing as the OP, except nothing about it being worse when I am older. The specialist just said surgery would be best but by the time it arrives on the NHS, my knee would probably be better.

    I play football, badminton and can play pretty much everything but it still bothers me every now and then. I've hurt it twice in football by doing simple turns. It occasionally bothers me after doing heavy weights on my legs also.

    I'm not sure these injuries ever get totally better.
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    (Original post by Ronaldo VII)
    I had surgery on my knee 6 years ago. It was nothing major; I had a torn cartillage and had keyhole surgery. General anaesthetic and home in the afternoon, didnt even need crutches but had a big bandage and no football for I think 6 weeks, though I cant remember the details.

    How much physio did you have to do? Can you play football and things now and do you still feel it? Sorry for the questions but I am getting this done soon I have the same problem as you (pending MRI scan). How long was the waiting list to get your op done?
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    (Original post by Jamie)
    Its a bit irrelevant that it took a while to pin point that you had torn a ligament rather than dmamaged it a little, because the medical management would have been the same. They would have waited at least 2 months anyway for all the swelling and problems to reduce somewhat, and then they would start thinking about what else could be done - such as surgery.

    Many people are lacking certain knee ligaments and cope fine without them believe it or not.
    yea fair enough.

    my acutal knee wasn't giving me MAJOR problems , just little 'twitches' - having seen one physio i am glad i went to see a second who oculd have saved me major problems later.

    for me personally if they had identified it 6 months ago would have been great for me as it would have been a lot mroe convenient - because fo work and stuff i may not be able to have the surgery when its available (even if that is in 9 months)
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    I went to the DR yesterday and she referred me for an MRI (well actualyl i have to call to arrange an appointment) - appparently it can take 6 weeks to get the MRI and see the specialists.

    For anyone with dodgy knees I would certainly recommend paying for a physio (whats £35-40 quid eh?) and seeing what they think and possibly getting an MRI if possible.

    I didn;t do proper physio after i injured my knee the first time either..but gonna have to do some hardcore now..

    with regards to age I was told LATER (i.e 20 years) from now it coudl cause me problems and even lead to artiritis. He said that if I continue to play football NOW (being early 20's) the wear and tear will have a long term effect

    so i think i will definitley take surgery as i dont want to 100% say i wont do sport later on in life.

    having said that, with a bit of strenghtening exercise he reckons i oculd go back to playing football now - even tho i may have a torn cartlidge.
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    (Original post by david17)
    Sounds like you might have torn your ACL.
    I'm 9 months post-surgery on mine, took them nearly 8 months to work out that I'd torn it. I was initially told by the so-called Doctor in A&E that there was nothing wrong with my knee!

    Get an MRI on it asap, and I would advise surgery.
    Hey

    Have you got a timeline on what you had and how logn gap between each? Assuming it was all NHS
 
 
 
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