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  • hora
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    Ok, my GP referred me for a XRay- cameback clear for fractures but the patella took a fair knock and my knee is still black and swollen from fluid under the knee cap and around the area.

    Anyone experienced this? How long before you started exercising your knee(s) again? Any recommendations apart from anti-inflammatories …and just rest?

    HTTP404
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    I think its called a bursa?
    I had one on my elbow after a fall – the GP drained it with a syringe, injected some steroid into it and taped it down.
    They generally drain and heel by themselves though.

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I had a bad one that took over a month to allow me to walk vaguely normally, was on a crutch too. Having a sleeve bandage on it actually made it worse for me. 7 months down the line I still have haem visible from the point of impact and still having physio on it – I also had quads inhibition from it so the muscle just wasted away in no time.

    I think mine might take a little bit more to fix. Did this on sunday. Google images Ruptured Patella Tendon 🙂

    oink
    Member

    I had similar, xray showed nothing, but 2 months on and not getting better – got an MRI to discover a snapped ACL and torn MCL
    I should have got an MRI earlier – was 6 months before I could do any sensible exercise – 3 years on, better – but i’ll never run again

    hora
    Member

    Oink when you say ‘not getting any better’- please clarify? What was your mobility like at the start, symptoms of the ruptures etc?

    I hit on the inside of the knee-cap- on the main quad muscle that rolls over the side of the knee when you bend your leg.

    No issue bendind and raising my leg whilst laying on my back and only abit stiff if I’ve been sat for a while.

    I had the fall last saturday and have had no issue putting weight on the leg today- significant improvement from last night

    Littlehobo- healing vibes to you

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    my gf has had a few…..

    Ibuprofen should help try to keep it moveing and use ice packs or peas
    Exercise bike on the ZERO setting can help

    Do you have Private Medical? If so go straight to the front of the queue and see a specialist. If not and it’s still giving you problems consider paying for expert opinion you can always get back into the NHS after that (normally a bit quicker – had a mate who tore ACL he paid for the consult and MRI and got the op done on the NHS (hopefully today) about 3 months up on NHS waiting times)
    She had hers looked at 2 weeks before christmas on the Tuesday and had an athroscopy to clean up meniscus damage on the Thursday

    hora
    Member

    Swellings gone down abit as well- I’m being positive- I’m lucky hopefully. Bloody padding up though from now on

    hora
    Member

    Ill upload a pic tomorrow but it doesn’t seem to be the medial meniscus (sp)- you can see the strike point ontop of the quad where it meets the side of the patella. I can straighten and bend my leg. Also (looking at google) my leg/knee doesn’t give way (instability). Still doesn’t explain the swelling

    oink
    Member

    not getting better – as in lots of swelling and instability in the leg

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I had similar, xray showed nothing, but 2 months on and not getting better – got an MRI to discover a snapped ACL and torn MCL

    Jeez I’m surprised they didn’t pick that up sooner. I thought I had snapped something because my leg just folded, which turned out to be quads inhibition, but after the xray they did a bunch of manipulation tests on my knee which were to look for ligament breaks like yours.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    My eldest son has hurt his knee a couple of times (including an ACL tear that needed a full reconstruction) and as a consequence he has a cyst at the back of his knee that constantly gets refilled by the leaking pus from the old injuries. It’s too late for him to get it fixed, so make sure you get yours diagnosed sharpish.

    Premier Icon simon1975
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    Sorry to hear about your injuries…

    If it does turn out to be some fluid on the knee then I have some experience of that. It does get better on it’s own eventually if the experts don’t recommend draining it. Just be careful not to crash again, or to knock it on your stem when riding. I had my desk raised and re-jigged in the office to stop me aggravating mine by bashing it continually.

    If you are badly limping or are on crutches go and see a physio ASAP. Rest might be the worst thing for it.

    They might just do a bit of heat therapy and easy manipulation at first, then move onto some exercise to get it strong again.

    After a medial rupture I had fluid build up. It went on its own but the quacks considered draining it.

    I left it 3 weeks before seeing a phsio. BIG mistake!! My quads looked like little and large.

    Knee pads?

    hora
    Member

    Im not badly limping and Im not on crutches.

    I’m partly limping to take the pressure off the leg but I soon walk ‘ok’ when warmed up (after a few mins walking).

    The skin feels very hot to touch at the side of the knee cap still – noticeably so compared to the other knee.

    I’m hoping this is repair work going on- there is a fair gash ontop of the knee/knee cap and I’m assuming this is also linked to the heat.

    I really dont want anything like the unfortunate guys above. I didnt sleep last night worrying.

    I put another hairline crack in my upper arm about 9 weeks ago landing on rock in the Peaks and it didn’t bother me one jot- this though really does worry me.

    Pads should be arriving from CRC today.

    hora
    Member

    Fluid has disapeared however the skin is yellow around and there’s still a lot of heat- I did a gentle roadride today and felt ok. No stability probs or pain behind knee etc.

    Question is why the heat?

    mooman
    Member

    I knocked mine pretty hard coming off the bike. It swelled up a little, but nothing too bad. I was able to ride without too much discomfort. But the knee would feel spongy for a day or two.

    This went on for a month or so. Then one day it just swelled up like a large grapefruit on the knee. After a week or so I decided to visit the doctors, that was then followed by a visit to the hospital .. and a 4 day stay in hospital.
    The consultant said I was a day or two away from losing the leg … not sure if he was exagerating .. but next time I will be visiting the doctors sooner.

    hora
    Member

    Blood poisoning? What type of infection??

    mooman
    Member

    This is when it really started to get painful. It hot to the touch .. excruciating to sleep on.

    I will have to admit to not knowing the details concerning what infection was in there.
    I went to the doctors expecting him to maybe drain it with a syringe .. then went to the hospital expecting the same.

    Was then told an operation was required that evening. Then following that came the hourly antibiotic injections for 3days ..
    Sharing a ward with 3 old fellas who did everything in the bed. My veins collapsing almost everytime they injected antibiotics … I was desperatly trying to get out of there as soon as possible rather than ask too many questions.

    My 1st time in hospital in my life – and hopefully my last!

    Munqe-chick
    Member

    cure for fluid on the knee, a tap on the leg?

    tip your waitress, try the steak.

    seriiously though, heat and sensitivity might be nerve hypersensitivity? I had this on an ankle with torn ligaments; something gentle like water in a shower or a duvet touching it was excruciating, but if you grabbed and held the foot it was fine with no pain. Treated with a TENS machine given to me by my physio.

    Scamper
    Member

    I snapped my right ACL, MCL and a few other bits and pieces, some of which i did not discover until 15 years later after someone who actually knew what they were talking about performed my last operation. This was 20 years ago, and knee medical care has moved on, but basically nothing was done for a few months and everything began to heel itself, although poorly before it all relapsed. I remember the knee being very swollen and it was left so long, little fluid was able to be drawm off , and my natural knee shape did not really return post op.

    hora
    Member

    Just an update. I visited a Physio who carried out a few checks/tests and classed me as ok- where the Quad meets the inside of the knee was very boggy/scarred muscle(?) – hopefully luckily I’ve had a lucky escape. I feel for everyone who has posted and its strictly knee pads from now on.

    He says the swelling was a really heavy impact but no damage?!

    Thank you guys.

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