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Old     (iewc_vp)      Join Date: Aug 2001       08-27-2004, 10:48 AM Reply   
Does anybody know how long it should take for all the ligaments on both sides of your knee to heal? It has been over a month and still not feeling good. Should I just start riding and let them tear or keep rehabing. Is a strain worse then a tear? I mean this from the stand point that a tear can be fixed with surgery but a strain is only time. Any thoughts?
Old    dbogart            08-27-2004, 1:48 PM Reply   
well tj a tear is definetly worse then a strain. knee surgery is no easy time (i see patients who had it all the time). count your blessings, be patient and let em heal....
Old    rypayne            08-27-2004, 10:02 PM Reply   
Did you go to the doctor? I just went in for an MRI on monday. If yours is just a sprain, you're lucky and let is heal.
Old    xtremebordgurl            08-28-2004, 8:24 AM Reply   
yea, def let it heal, knee surgery is no fun at all, its like the most escrutiating pain I've ever experienced and it was non-stop for about 3 weeks and its put me out of riding for a year, I'm STILL rehabing and doing strength conditioning stuff and I'm not supposed to ride until Jan. Just be patient, let it heal and once its healed do lots of strength conditioning and stuff so you don't ever hurt it in the future, or you reduce your risk anyway
Old     (iewc_vp)      Join Date: Aug 2001       08-28-2004, 11:12 AM Reply   
Thanks for the advise, now does anyone know why I have a ball on the backside of my knee? It protrudes about 1.5-2cm farther out then the otherside. What is the likelihood(sp?) that my doc does not know what the hell he is talking about?
Old     (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       08-28-2004, 11:54 AM Reply   
The odds are in your favor if you go to an experienced Sports Med Orthopedic Surgeon.
If you go to an Internal Med/Family Practice MD who doesn't have a very good sports medicine back ground, your odds of getting screwed with the Dx are great.
Even greater if you have Kaiser for your insurance.
That's soft tissue swelling behind your knee and it could mean many things, like swelling within the joint capsule......
FYI a plain XRay is a poor radiological choice for examining soft tissue but it may reveal a fracture it there is one.

(Message edited by phantom5815 on August 28, 2004)
Old     (iewc_vp)      Join Date: Aug 2001       08-28-2004, 3:52 PM Reply   
Why yes I DO have Kaiser! They are not to quick to throw out the MRI so I am trying to get other peoples opinions first.

Old     (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       08-28-2004, 4:42 PM Reply   
TJ- Getting everyone's opinion about your knee will not change the way Kaiser chooses to treat your injury. The only way you can get things done in that Organization is one of the following :
A - have a great relationship with one of the PCPs
B -play along with their treatment plan ( the worse option, which may have you sitting on your injury for several months)
C- Call everyday, be a nuisance & complain to membership services so you get treated in a timely fashion.

Also if you haven't started yet, get in to Physical therapy ASAP..... you may also need to use the "ABC" plan to get that accomplished as well.
Good Luck.

(Message edited by phantom5815 on August 28, 2004)


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