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knee issues - April 29th 2010, 07:46 PM

So my knee has been bugging me for the past 2 months or so, and I'm not quite sure why. When I first went in to have our school's athletic trainer look at it, she said I had some really long-named condition that means my pattella (kneecap) hits against my femur (upper-leg bone) when I run and excersize. She gave me a kneestrap to hold my patella up and away from the other bone, and it worked for a while, but now somethin else is goin on with it. it's always either sore or really uncomfortable, and last night it was about 1.5cms swollen larger than my other knee. I've been icing it and it seems to help for a bit, but I'm not sure what I shoud do. Oh, I should also mention that I'm in marching band in the fall, a singer-dancer in show choir in the winter, and I throw shot put and discus on the track team in the spring. any help???


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Re: knee issues - April 29th 2010, 07:51 PM

There is the rice procedure

Rest
Ice
Compression
Excersize (Ease into first)

I would also see if you could see a doctor about it, because it might be inflamed, he may be able to prescribe some antiinflamtory's.

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Re: knee issues - April 29th 2010, 08:24 PM

The thing that worries me is that you only saw your athletic trainer about it. You should probably see a doctor, because they'll be more able to diagnose it and they'll be able to x-ray & other stuff to get a more accurate diagnosis. Maybe your athletic trainer didn't notice something wrong that your doctor will. So it's important you try that.
Also RICE is Rest Ice Compression Elevate, not Exercise, which I would recommend doing until you can get it checked out. You can still exercise, but take it easy on it.


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Re: knee issues - April 30th 2010, 12:51 PM

I'm going to move this over to General Health. You know the drill.

I have problems with my patella and I have physiotherapy for it. My muscles aren't strong enough to hold my kneecap in place causing a lot of movement and grinding. It's quite disgusting.

Surprisingly knee problems are common during teenage years, because of quick growth and the muscles not keeping up, and the amount of exercise you do can effect the movement of the kneecap. I would recommend seeing your doctor and perhaps getting physiotherapy for it. There's recommendations that your doctor can make for you, for example taking care when walking down hill and not swimming breast stroke. Anything that puts a strain on your knees or means you have to flick your legs out could cause further irritation and swelling, it's worth avoiding it for some time until you see your doctor.

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Re: knee issues - April 30th 2010, 01:10 PM

Thanks guys. I've been RICEing like none other, but I can only do so much during the track season. I've also only been to the trainer cuz I've already been to the doctor a whole bunch of times this year for other stuff and I completely hate docs. Plus idk how much more our insurance will cover... and I don't really have much time to. Track every day plus homework and such...


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