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post #1 of 18 Old 02-22-2006, 2:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Twisted knee...

I went for a run last night and had something happen that I assume is not good. I haven't run since high school and recently got a bug up my arse to start running again. I got home late from job #2 and decided I should still run. So it's pitch black and I'm off to the races. I was running and didn't see a hole in the ground. I went down like a sack of potatoes. I twisted my left knee pretty bad. I wanted to crawl home instead of walk it hurt so bad. Today it's really hurting like a mofo. I'm headed to medical after I clock out to see what they say. I'm praying I didn't tear or pull any ligaments. I'm a bit nervous about going. I've had injuries to my legs from hockey but this is unlike any pain I've felt. Anyone here screw up their knee and can give me some advice?

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Re: Twisted knee...

Yeah. Goto the doc. Get an MRI. Listen to your body, and if at all possible, stay off pain meds except to sleep.

That pain tells you when you're hurting your knee, OD'ing on pain stuff will allow you to ignore pain you need to fix the source of.

I won't say anything else as I don't want to scare you.

Oh yeah, and ice and elevation...which the doc will tell you tonight.



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Re: Twisted knee...

Yeah I stay away from meds as much as possible. It's not really swelled up so I'm not sure what to think is going on.

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Re: Twisted knee...

If you can get one of those knee braces that limit/prevent knee rotation (keeping it all lined up), do it. This takes a lot of funny loads out of the knee and lets it heal up. I need to do that whenever I over do mine.

Good luck and definitely take care of it and let it heal. If not, you can end up with chronic conditions like I have. Learn from my mistakes
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Re: Twisted knee...

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Yeah I stay away from meds as much as possible. It's not really swelled up so I'm not sure what to think is going on.
Unfortunately that doesn't necessarily mean you're OK. (But it is a good sign)

You need to get it checked out.



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Re: Twisted knee...

I hyperextended my right knee playing hockey many years ago. It hurt but not this bad. And when that happened, oh boy it it swell. Right now it feels like someone is using a hot poker and stabbing me just behind my kneecap.

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Re: Twisted knee...

Oh by the way there was a "slight" pop when it happened.

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I hyperextended my right knee playing hockey many years ago. It hurt but not this bad. And when that happened, oh boy it it swell. Right now it feels like someone is using a hot poker and stabbing me just behind my kneecap.
Definitely try to keep the knee straight then. My original injury (crashed a dirt bike) inflamed the cartilege on the back of the knee cap, and over time because I never limited movement to let it heal, I now have detrioration of that layer. Controlled by exercise, but can easily be inflamed again.

The sharp pain sounds more like a pull/tear to me; those heal too. Definitely check it out and follow the advice.
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Re: Twisted knee...

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Re: Twisted knee...

All good advice, Reaper. Having been through knee surgery and still going through therapy, make sure you give it time to heal properly...

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Re: Twisted knee...

The fact that it isn't too swollen is good, but the fact that you heard an audible "pop" is bad. There is no way to tell how bad you hurt it other than having an MRI.

I had my ACL reconstructed 7 or 8 years ago and I recovered pretty much 100%. They have come a long ways since then in reducing recovery times.

Good luck.
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Re: Twisted knee...

If I had to guess, it's probably sprained I've heard a pop almost every time I twisted my ankles (which is a lot over 12 years skateboarding), but I've never broken one.
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Re: Twisted knee...

I heard/felt a pop in my left knee when I tore the cartilege in my knee and I literally couldn't walk at all. I heard/felt a pop in my right knee when I broke my kneecap. My wife tore her ACL and it popped when that happened. I guess that doesn't really narrow it down for you does it?

RICE. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. And get to the doctor. Then be prepared because the manual ligament test the doc will do involves bending your knee and the doc pulling and twisting on your leg like he's trying to rip it off.

When I busted my knee, the orthopedic surgeon flipped his lid because the ER doc put me in an immobilizing brace. He said joint injuries (other than broken bones) should never be fully immobilized.
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Re: Twisted knee...

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Re: Twisted knee...

gonna call you ... its easier than writing everything down.
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