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Old 12-12-2011, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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two weekends ago i was riding with a buddy and it was pretty icy out, some kid bailed in front of me so i threw a tight carve to avoid him and ended up slipping out and smashing my right knee cap into a nice ice patch. sharp pain shot through my knee and i called it a day. walking and daily activities dont cause any pain, shit, i can even run on it and theres no pain or inflammation. i do however get pain when i kneel on it or when i bend it all the way. all signs point to a torn meniscus but the pain isnt too bad so im thinking it might just be bruised or something. anyone had this happen to them? i ordered a brace today so ill be riding again soon, just curious to see if theres anyone out there with similar issues

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Probably just a bruise but it might be a good idea to see a doctor.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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definitely go see doctor.. if its slightly torn you could do a lot of damage to your knee and be out of commission for much longer.
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It's most likely just a bruise, but go get it checked out. Any time you have a knee injury, there is swelling inside the joint which causes instability. That instability can make it very easy for you to tear something very serious like your ACL.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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well ive had knee issues since i was maybe 12 or 13 from playin soccer my whole life. usually the entire knee would be sore and my movement would be extremely limited. but this case is really weird because i have 95% range of motion, i can twist it from side to side, i can walk and run no problems. it only hurts when i kneel on it or when i pull my leg to do quad stretches
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I tore my meniscus a few years ago and a great way to figure it out is to do what my sports therapist told me not to do. Which was to not bend my knees and do a twisting motion.
I another thing is that I asked him about a brace too and he said that it wont do anything but have a physical effect on you because the problem is on the inside of your knee. There is really nothing to brace, you tend to need a brace more for like almost tearing your ACL which I have almost also done twice.
It can heal over time, it depends though. I would see a doctor about it or better yet someone who deals with sports injury's. There is therapy you can do.

After I tore it, I can't remember if I ran on it or not but I could walk just fine. I could also not see any inflammation around the knee. But you should watch out and go easy on the bending and twisting of the knee till you get it checked out.

Work out wise I can do all my regular stuff, same with weight lifting. The thing that bugs my knee the most is wall sits. You will just have to take it a little easier on that knee for a little bit.

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Go get it checked out. I'd be surprised if you tore your meniscus from a direct impact. Like the ACL and MCL, ig tends to be more torsional type movements that tears it. If you tore anything it would probably be your PCL but that's a fairly uncommon injury. Probably just a bruise, but get it checked.
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doesnt sound like a meniscal tear, maybe patellofemoral pain instead. Have it checked out, a quick test will confirm.
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two weekends ago i was riding with a buddy and it was pretty icy out, some kid bailed in front of me so i threw a tight carve to avoid him and ended up slipping out and smashing my right knee cap into a nice ice patch. sharp pain shot through my knee and i called it a day. walking and daily activities dont cause any pain, shit, i can even run on it and theres no pain or inflammation. i do however get pain when i kneel on it or when i bend it all the way. all signs point to a torn meniscus but the pain isnt too bad so im thinking it might just be bruised or something. anyone had this happen to them? i ordered a brace today so ill be riding again soon, just curious to see if theres anyone out there with similar issues
Like everyone else said... to be sure go see a doctor instead of asking strangers on the interwebz for advice.

That being said... meniscus tears don't generally happen from impacts because it is "inside" your knee under your knee cap (usually it is a "twisting" or "buckling" of the knee) Also if it tears, there is typically a lot of inflammation/swelling.

But again, I'm not a doctor.
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Tore my lateral meniscus last season and had to have 40% removed. It was locking, catching, it hurt like a bitch and felt very week and unstable. There was also no way in hell I'd run on it... I was hobbling about the place until I got it scoped.

Sounds like a bruise, but take it easy.
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