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Old 10-01-2005, 10:15 AM   #1
Russell Biser
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While doing the warmup for "Michael" I experienced terrible pain in my right knee. During the first round of air squats I went down and when I hit the reversal point it felt like someone was twisting a knife between my knee cap and knee. It was under the right side of the knee cap and returned whenever I put a load on my right leg. I still tried the workout and seemed to be able to walk it off, run and then it would return. Landing on the ball of my foot instead of my heal let me run further before the pain returned.

I know this is a rambling post but has anyone had something similiar happen to them and should I be worried? I am 21 years old and when I was 15 I hurt this knee (no surgery), but since then the worst that will happen is once every couple of months while walking I will feel a pop and then my knee will go limp and I will have to catch myself from falling. But no pain before now.
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Old 10-01-2005, 05:47 PM   #2
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Russell - You should get this looked at.

Did you twist at all when you reversed? Does your knee "lock" at certain points? Did you hear a loud snap and end up rolling on the floor screaming in pain? Did you get your knee checked when you were 15, or was their a diagnosis?

Could be damage to the meniscus, or even a ligament - or you could be lucky and just have pulled something.

Either way, you need to have this examined. Like you, I had something similiar. However, I kept pushing it without going to the doctor - until I snapped my ACL (which I did twice), and tore the meniscus. I was still dumb and kept going - which led to shattering my kneecap twice, requiring screws and pins to put it back together.

I'm a little older and wiser now with these things. I'd highly recommend you get checked out and not rely on a self-diagnosis - otherwise you might end up like me!!!

Here's another resource to look at: http://www.kerlan-jobe.com/ They've done a few of my surgeries.

If you do get checked out, please let us know the results. We're interested, and wish you luck.
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Old 10-01-2005, 08:31 PM   #3
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I do not think I twisted it when I reversed. My knee has never locked except for those situations when it just seems to go limp. Whenever I do the air squats my knee cracks and pops like I am on old man but there was no snap, just pain like I described and falling to the left to get load off of it.

When I was fifteen I had it checked out by my family practioner (internal medicine specialist) and he decided it wasn't worth a trip to an orthopedist because it was soft tissue damage. The injury was muscle pulls and stretching of ligaments so that the girdle of muscles around my knee loosened (I stepped in a hole backpacking and my knee bent sideways). I thought it had healed completely except for the occasionally locking up and collapse when I step on it funny while walking.

I am at college right now away from my normal doctor but Auburn has sports medicine specialists (team doctors) who practice in the campus medical center. Would one of them be able to check this out or should I see a full blown orthopedist (I don't know if any are on staff here)?

Thanks
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Old 10-01-2005, 10:37 PM   #4
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Russell,
I just looked up the Auburn Sports Med clinic. I would get it looked at by the primary care sports MD there, Dr Goodlett. If needed, he can refer you to one of the orthos on staff at auburn(there are two according to the website) if he feels surgery might be warranted. At the least he will get you some PT, which I think would do you a lot of good.

My $0.02. I have spent a lot of time in Sports Medicine practices, a fair amount working and training, about the same amount being diagnosed treated and rehabbed.

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Old 10-03-2005, 02:38 PM   #5
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David and Andy,

Thanks, I saw the good doctor this afternoon, he ordered some xrays and put my knee through a bunch of range of motion, hyperextension, resistance tests and such. The xray was negative for cartiledge tearing, and all of my tendons are in great shape. I got off easy. I hemorrhaged the sack that surrounds your knee and holds the lubricating fluid in.

Alternating hot and cold, and see how it does in a few days, wether or not I have full range of motion pain free, and test to see if I can handle a light load in a deep squat or not. The pain was the fluid forcing through a week spot in the sack whenever a load pressurized my knee.

Thanks for your info and concern.
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Old 10-03-2005, 09:15 PM   #6
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Ironically (or not) I had a slight injury to some muscles in my back. It ended up being a strained muscle in my back. I was at the doc's at the same time as Russ and saw the same doc. He was a really nice guy and explained everything to me. I'll be on icyhot patches and muscle relaxers for the next few days. I decided it wasn't a great idea to do medicine ball throws this afternoon.
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