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Went over pothole; left knee got thrown around... injury?

post #1 of 14
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Several days ago I was skiing, and in a thin-cover area I went across a pothole/small crater.  It was too late when I saw it.  I managed to get my tips above the pothole, but my left leg pretty much got driven into the front ridge of the pothole.  It threw my left knee around.

 

I didn't feel or hear any "pops" or "slides" or anything, but there was a dull feeling of discomfort; not pain, but discomfort.

 

Anybody have any ideas?  It was akin to sitting down on a hard chair too fast and compressing the spine... this happened in the knee.

 

 

I was able to ski full speed without any pain for another 45 minutes, but like I said, it just felt weird.

post #2 of 14

Did your knee straighten out or bend? Most ACL injuries happen from sudden and prompt accidents like that, nothing serious unless you tore it, which would be obvious, but hyper extension is common depending on exactly what you did.

post #3 of 14
Go to the doctor would be my suggestion.
post #4 of 14

How is the knee feeling 1 week post & did you seek attention for it?

 

Hope you are still out turning!

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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

How is the knee feeling 1 week post & did you seek attention for it?

 

Hope you are still out turning!


I was able to ski a week later full speed.

 

Around the house, gym, and bike trail I have a neoprene knee brace on it, and that and OTC pain meds take away the weird feeling (which again, was not pain, per se).

 

I haven't seen a doctor about it yet, but may see an Ortho sometime if problems persist.

 

Thanks for asking.

 

post #6 of 14

I had an ACL knee injury a few years ago that was painful and surgery was recommended by my ortho MD. I took a conservative approach and did the rehab exercises on my own to strengthen the muscles in the area. That was at least 8 years ago and I haven't had any recurring issues. You might want to do the knee exercises (I don't have my sheets anymore but I am sure you can find them on-line) to strengthen the area. Can't do any harm.

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Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

I had an ACL knee injury a few years ago that was painful and surgery was recommended by my ortho MD. I took a conservative approach and did the rehab exercises on my own to strengthen the muscles in the area. That was at least 8 years ago and I haven't had any recurring issues. You might want to do the knee exercises (I don't have my sheets anymore but I am sure you can find them on-line) to strengthen the area. Can't do any harm.



When you injured your ACL was there obvious instability?  And you say painful; how painful?

post #8 of 14

I did not notice obvious instability, but I was being very careful with my leg/knee. I had swelling and a good deal of pain. I could not have skied without serious pain and no way could I have gone all out while skiing.

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Go to the doctor would be my suggestion.


Exactly, succinct as always, Huhh!

 

Yeah, my idea is that seeking medical advice from the peanut gallery of the anonymous internet is not the....ummm...."wisest" course to take with respect to one's own health.

 

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Exactly, succinct as always, Huhh!

 

Yeah, my idea is that seeking medical advice from the peanut gallery of the anonymous internet is not the....ummm...."wisest" course to take with respect to one's own health.

 



I agree that there is no substitute to good professional medical advice, but do think the peanut gallery can clue you in to some of the questions you should ask to help you avoid substandard medical treatment- remember, the guy who graduated last in his medical school class is still called doctor...like the law, there are enough specialties and nuances that a DR who is competent in many areas may or may not be competent in the area you are seeking treatment for.  Even among orthos, some specialize in shoulders others in knees, etc.

 

In this case, it sounds like the OP hasn`t seen a doctor at all, so Huhh is offering good advice.

post #11 of 14

Sounds like a bruise, but an MD would give you a diagnoses, which would be much better than some unqualified person on the internet.

Just because you "can" ski doesn't mean anything, other than you could be stubborn or have a high pain tolerance. 

Speaking of pain, I would lay off the OTC pain killers.  If my body doesn't want me doing something I prefer not to mask the message, and if I need something to get to sleep over the pain, I need something stronger.


Edited by Ghost - 3/14/12 at 5:19pm
post #12 of 14
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Alright, I'll see an orthopedic doc after the season is over.  Until then, I'm skiing on these knees.  But I'm putting both of them in neoprene braces, each knee for a different reason.

post #13 of 14

I just finished a cycle of ortho-mri-ortho to determine inflammation of the patella tendon that is healing up nicely a week after the injury. But then again, my season was over anyway [ok I did ride (snowboarded) on my hurt knee the day after the injury]. I could have saved time and money just waiting a little (the limp is almost gone now), but it was an investment to speed the healing process and insure against further damage. The temptation to post my troubles here to get opinions first was strong. I did consult an anatomy book and do an Internet search to confirm my symptoms were enough to justify a professional diagnosis.

 

There's a strong tug between "I know what I can safely get away with" and "it sure would be nice to know exactly what's wrong" and "damn - I want to ski. I don't want to get told I can't ". We are a poor substitute for your mother or your doctor, but we do share your temptations.

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Alright, I'll see an orthopedic doc after the season is over.  Until then, I'm skiing on these knees.  But I'm putting both of them in neoprene braces, each knee for a different reason.


Generic braces are for the most part considered to be of questionable value when skiing. Some people with tears have described the sensation as a "weird feeling" before. Why not take the hour to see a doctor? If you actually have a tear and you keep skiing, you risk permanent damage. One visit to the doctor could save your next 60 years of skiing. 

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