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Old 10-18-2014, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The story of my knee.

Here it goes.

About eight years ago, I had sprained my knee snowboarding. I had fallen on the same impact area multiple times, bruised it, and twisted it funny a few times. The sprain in itself had become bad enough that my knee collapsed and I ended up being put in a big ass knee brace with a hinge, and was on crutches for about three weeks. I was warned to be careful with the joint, because I was at higher risk of developing arthritis in my knee at a later age.

Fast forward about two years, and the problems started to peek out. It started out with little things like minor swelling and a little bit of discomfort when the weather made drastic changes, IE: Going from +30*C to +15*C, as an example. It would be sore and tender for a couple days leading up to the change, and be fine for months on end. Given enough time, this soreness was becoming more and more frequent.

Fast forward again another six years, to today, eight years after the initial injury. These past two weeks have been hell. The initial pain started same as before, except that it had become quite a bit more swollen than usual, and the bone on bone grinding sensation was BRUTAL. I had chalked it up that it would go away after a couple days, as usual, and all would be well.

Two weeks later, that is not the case at all. The swelling has become worse, and the bone on bone grinding sensation hasn't gone away at all. The discomfort/pain has become so bad that stuff like walking up and down stairs can be incredibly painful, and even stuff like swimming and biking is no longer a source of pain relief.

So, here I am today. I went to the clinic this morning to see what the story was, and have been written a recommendation to go to the sports place thingy to get an MRI for my knee, and to start physio ASAP as well. As such, I'm quite scared right now because words like "arthro" were getting thrown around during the conversation with my doctor this morning.

With that being said, I'm going to book a physio appointment, and schedule an MRI on Monday, and will update this post as things progress.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be something serious, but could also be something as simple as needing to get it scoped to clean out some loose cartilage - which could explain why they're throwing around the word "arthro". "Scoping" a knee is the common terminology for arthroscopic surgery. If that's the case, you'll miss WROD season, but be good to go by the time the season actually gets going.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Could be something serious, but could also be something as simple as needing to get it scoped to clean out some loose cartilage.
I hope it's the latter, and not the former.

But, first things first, get an MRI, and go from there.
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Man that sucks. (Actually, girl that sucks)

I'm fortunate my big knee injury happened when i was still young ~17 y/o (wow like 20 yrs ago!! Damn)... Mine was a full patellar tendon tear. Pretty much as hardcore as it can get for the knee. Recovered in about 1yr with phisio.

I do get some little bone-bone grinding and a bit of discomfort every once in a while and definitely i've been trying to take good are of it: ride icy park as little as possible... wear a brace with lateral support whenever i skate/longboard/snowboard.... no big cliff drops, etc. At my age, a similar injury would mean lots of pain and for a looong time.

So... good luck. And listen to the doctors. A few months sidelined and doing proper treatment and therapy will go a long ways in keeping you on a board for many more yrs.
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Good luck - hope it's a simple fix. I worry about stuff like that - i injured my knee last summer in a car accident. It was just a sprain with some swelling and bruising. But sometimes that knee can feel a little "weak" when exercising. Like if I'm doing some exercises where most of my weight is balanced on one leg, then the other, the "bad" knee will get fatigued and sore sooner than the good knee. And my balance isn't as good on that knee. But no swelling or real pain at any time. I also know a guy who was in a car accident but at the time didn't have anything wrong except soreness in his back and neck. Fast forward ten years and he's having surgery in his back - all related to the accident.

I've gotten off topic...once again, hope it all goes well when you get your MRI.
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If it is any solace to you. The arthroscope is really not so scary, If you follow my older posts, you will see that I went in in the end of august for my knee it was scoped for the second time first time was 6 years ago. It is now mid october, and I am feeling great, knee is strong, and no swelling nor pain. Next year, I will go in for my other knee, it is ready for a new round (scoped 30 years ago) .

so you still have some time to not lose the whole season if that is an option given to you.
once you get the MRI you will have a better Idea of what is going on, and how to proceed. they have non surgical options, like PT, Steroid Shot, and or ortho Visc/ Syn Visc. so ask your Dr about what he/she recommends.

Good Luck, and while you are waiting keep the knee iced for 30 minutes at a time, and also try an over the counter NSAID like advil, or aleve they should help bring down the swelling

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I honestly don't give a shit about losing a few months off of snowboarding season at the rate this pain is going. It's a small price to pay to get whatever is wrong with my knee diagnosed, and fixed.

And yes, the pain in my knee is making me super cranky right now. I also really don't enjoy stabby things at all.
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I honestly don't give a shit about losing a few months off of snowboarding season at the rate this pain is going. It's a small price to pay to get whatever is wrong with my knee diagnosed, and fixed.

And yes, the pain in my knee is making me super cranky right now. I also really don't enjoy stabby things at all.
Nothing really to contribute except ouch, I feel your pain and wish you luck getting it fixed up.
If you are booking physio and don't have a go to therapist, I would HIGHLY recommend Yung at the glen sather clinic at the u of a. She is the best and will really take care of you. One of those people that truly loves her job and helping people.

Other than that, good luck! Had my first joint injury this past spring and can say it was no fun at all
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just out of interest is the pain below the kneecap?
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just out of interest is the pain below the kneecap?
Nope. Side of the knee.
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