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Can a knee heal itself?
- December 7th, 2010 @ 09:41 AM
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I don't like doctors of any kind, and I am extremely uninterested in going to see one.
It's all snow and ice here. Anyway, I slipped in the damned stuff, my left leg went out in front of me, and I squirmed trying to prevent my fall from being a bad one, in the process my left foot twisted outwards and my knee with it.
I'm not sure what I've done to it, except it's giving me a fair amount of aggro. It's been crap for yonks anyway, since I was tackled on a hard court (aged 11-12) playing football/soccer and basically knee dropped the concrete from about three feet. This slip has just added to its knackeredness.
It is noticeably different to my right knee which is fine. The aggro I get is basically it twinges with 'sharp' pain when I move it in a particular way (e.g. bend down, climb or descend stairs, take enormous strides etc).
I don't reckon I've broken any bones in there, but perhaps I've strained some sort of important muscle in there. It looks slightly swollen around the actual knee cap (almost as if its filled with gel) and the pain usually emanates below it, or to the sides of the entire knee joint.
I was wondering if a knee can heal itself. If I left it, and tried not to over-exert it, would my immune system sort the jip out? I know it's probably a stupid question, but I just wondered and I'm not a doctor. And I don't wish to visit a doctor about this, mostly because I dislike them, but also because it'll probably be a waste of time. I can still get about fine (to work and that) so I just wondered if anyone knows anything about knees, and maybe some sort of ritual I can do to help it feel better...
Cheers for help if anyone knows anything about this.
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I lived with it like that for a few years. From time to time it would bother me but I would just rest it when that happened. I played city league basketball and softball for some time and would wear a knee brace when I did.
One morning I woke up in excruciating pain and went to see an orthopedic surgeon. After undergoing an MRI he did arthroscopic surgery on my meniscus and ACL. I underwent physical therapy for about a month or so after that.
I would be leery of hoping it just heals itself. I would suggest going to a doctor and having it looked at. I should have taken care of it when I first injured it but I was afraid of having to undergo surgery and losing playing time.
You really should have an x-ray done to see what kind of damage you've done. If you're completely opposed to doing that, then just keep icing it to keep the swelling down and take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off with the ice.
I wouldn't let it go, though; I mean after all that's what doctors do. They fix things in the body and if it's bothering you, why would you let it go? Good luck.
That's just silly.
Anyway, to the OP, resting it and icing it is probably not going to do any damage, so you're probably ok taking a wait and see approach. You just never know with the knee.
Its not completely healed but he said he doesn't have pain anymore. He said he can tell something is "loose" in his knee but he's pretty much pain free.
I wouldn't suggest going that route, however, haha
They don't heal themselves fast or efficiently, trust me.
It's been 4 years since I've injured them and the pain only gets worse if you don't go to the doctor and get them fixed.
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