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so not sure what I did, or when I did it, but I seem to have gimped my knee. It hurts to go up or down stairs. It doesn't hurt to walk. Even swimming seems to aggravate it a little. When I place my hand on my knee and bend it, things feel different than the other knee...
Should I be doing nothing, or just stick to walking and ice it regularly? I'm a health foodie, so popping tylenol isn't on my agenda...
Sun. Sep 10, 11:54pm
I have been having knee problmes for some time as well.
Here is a simple excercise. Sit on the floor with your legs stragiht out and pull your knee in. Your thigh muscles would also contract. Hold it for a while and release. Do 10-15 iterations of this 3-4 times a day and see if it helps.
Avoid taking the stairs AT ALL.
Monday, September 11, 2006, 12:32 AM
I'd advise seeing a physical therapist or a doctor for a sudden injury like that. Ice, and rest are good general remedies, but a PT should be able to tell you exactly what's amiss in there, and give you the do's and don'ts of making it better. The knee is a really weak and complicated joint, so if you don't know what you're doing, best to see a professional to make sure you're not making it worse.
Monday, September 11, 2006, 2:37 AM
Ice and rest are only effective in the few days immediately following the injury. If the pain is persisting, and it sounds like it is, consider seeing a doctor or physical therapist. In my personal experience physical therapists are masters at accurately diagnosing physical injuries and everyone I have ever been to is way more thorough than a general physician. One thing they generally won't do is send you home with a prescription and I think that is what I like the best (I'm with you on not popping Tylenol). Instead they teach you how to help your body heal itself.
Best of luck to you and hope you feel better soon!
Monday, September 11, 2006, 12:20 PM
First, let me say that I think a doctor is your best bet, regardless of what my message may appear in this post.
This situation sounds very similar to what I first dealt with about 4 years ago and continue to deal with today. I was also uncertain of any specific event that may have brought on the pain. My symptoms sound very similar to yours...pain on stairs, usually none while walking, pain with any exertion on the knee. I also noticed an occasional popping in my knee, which could sometimes almost stop me in my tracks. When I placed my hand on the faulty knee, I could feel a "gritty" sensation while moving my leg.
I went to the doctor and was passed on to specialists, including an orthpaedic surgeon. The doctors ordered various types of images to be done on my knee. Each one turned up as inconclusive as the previous. Prior to the tests the doctors thought I was possibly dealing with a torn meniscus and looking at surgery. After the tests the ortho surgeon was unable to pinpoint the cause of the problem and had absolutely no recommendations for me.
I continue to deal with the problem; although, it has improved to some degree. I still have random problems with the knee, but the popping doesn't occur nearly as often and not as many things seem to aggravate it.
I still believe you should consult a doctor about your exact problem and I hope you have better luck than I did. The exercise recommended earlier sounds intersting. I am going to try it myself.
Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:07 AM
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