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Posted By : Adie20 - 9/17/2017 5:07 PM
In June 2015 I twisted my knee when getting out of the back of my friend's two door car. I heard it crack and I went to sit on the side walk to wait for the pain to ease a little but the pain level remained the same. When I tried to get up I fell back down because the pain got even worse when I put even the slightest bit of pressure on it. I though I had broken my knee.
I got up on my right leg only and I hopped to the car so my friend could take me home. On the way there the pain went down a little and when I got out of the car I could put a little pressure on it but whenever I bent it it felt like if something was being squeezed inside my knee. I decided to sleep on it and the next morning the pain was unbearable again so I went to the ER where they did some x rays but everything turned out to be fine so they just ace wraped it and gave me crutches. They told me to schedule a follow up appointment with my regular doctor but I never did. about two or three weeks went by and everything got better but sometimes it would hurt all of a sudden. I could be sitting with no pain but it would hurt when I tried to move it and I would only be able to bend/extend it to a certain point or else I would feel some type of pressure as if something was getting sandwiched between the bones or something. (Like the day of the injury)
That all went away and I went back to running and could do everything normallyl. There was only pain when I sat on it for too long or with cold temperatures.
Yesterday (Saturday Sept. 16) I was building a piece of furniture and so I was sitting and kneeling on the carpet for about 2 or three hours. Suddenly when I tried to bend my knee that very uncomfortable sensation came back. It's not sharp pain, it's just some type of pressure that if I try and bend the knee past it, that's when I start feeling sharp pain but as soon as I unbend the knee the pain goes away. Also, if I'm trying to bend it and I feel that pressure/slight pain I try to bend it another way, like sideways instead of straight up and down, and the sensation sometimes goes away.
I went to sleep hoping it would go away overnight but I'm still feeling the same thing today(Sunday).
I feel like something is out of place in there and it's what is getting squeezed when I bend the knee.
Has this or something similar happened to anyone or does anyone know what this might be?
Any advice/recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you! confused

Posted By : (Seashell) - 9/18/2017 4:09 PM
What you are describing sounds suspicious for a bucket-handle tear of the meniscus.

The meniscus is the horse-shoe shaped piece of cartilage that sits between the femur and the tibia, acting like a shock absorber to the knee. Bucket handle meniscus tears usually present with waxing and waning symptoms. Symptoms correlate to the flap of the meniscus folding back and under itself, like the flap of an envelope turning under.

An orthopedist can do a hands-on evaluation of your knee to assess for a meniscal tear (McMurray's sign, rotating the lower leg in relation to the femur while extending the knee). With the growing reliance on imaging studies, an MRI is usually ordered to confirm the diagnosis.

IF you have a meniscal tear, conservative treatment with prescription strength anti-inflammatory agents and a dynamic knee brace is usually the first line treatment. Arthroscopic trimming of the meniscus is the second line treatment and generally offers a good post operative result. Individuals are up and weightbearing post operatively but with restricted activity from sports and climbing stairs for 6-8 weeks.
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