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Huge Ass Knee?


#1

Hey all,

My girlfriends knee has swollen to epic proportions over the last 8 weeks. She's had an MRI scan, cortisone and numerous doctors prod and poke at it, but nothing is working!! The initial thought was a burst cyst behind the knee, and inflamed tendons connecting both the quad and hamstring to the knee.

Ice and anti-inflammatories will temporarily lessen the swelling, but ultimately nothing is helping.

It's at the point where she can't walk properly, and she can't get into see a Dr for another 2 weeks.

Has anyone got any solutions, similar experiences etc??? She's hating life not being able to train, and I feel shit that I can't help her.


#2

i don't know if its worth mentioning, since she's already seen several doctors. However it sounds a lot like water on the knee, which would be a rupture of the bursa or synovial sac, which would lead to swelling because bursa/synovial fluid would flow into the joint space.

it can cause a sever drop in RoM, pain, etc. when it gets very swollen it appears to hang off the knee and if you poke it, it will jiggle around because its fluid.


#3

the bursa is also underneath the tendons that connect to muscles to the knee, it protects the tendons from excessive rubbing, and so a rupture could possibly lead to inflamtion of those muscles.

when i had it, ice and anti-inflamatories didn't help much, i got my team doctor to drain it, and he put a shot of cortisone when he was finished, and told me to keep it wrapped tightly. i went from missing practices for a week, to running and tackling like normal in 24 hours.

but like i said, i don't know if this is relevant as i would assume a doctor would pick up on this..?