Originally Posted by roxyrose08
Thanks for the reply James. Wow, lots of questions. The pain is pretty much on movement, however if I do a lot it will hurt (achy) while resting and on busy days it sometimes does wake me up at night. I can make it worse by rising from a chair (that's the worst) and it gets worse if I stand or walk a lot. My range is not bad but it is worse if I bend the knee after standing or straignten it out after sitting. Legs are straight and strong, I have walked for exersise most of my life. I sometimes hear a snap/pop when standing but I'm not sure if it's comming from the front of the knee or the back where it hurts. The pain is just under the back of my knee towards the out side of my leg. There was an accident in January. I heard a pop while climbing stairs and felt incredible pain. I couldn't walk back down the stairs without help but the pain went away in a day or two. In March I got the present pain and it has hurt every day since. Can't run at all and can't walk as fast as before.
I am taking Celebrex now for the last week or so and I would say the pain is about 50% better with the anti-inflammatory. I have stomach issues with this sort of drug so I am afraid to take it long term. When I first went to the doctor he gave me an injection in the knee for arthritis, that did nothing for the pain so I went back and he gave me a shot in the hanstring and that didn't help either, so I'm really at a loss as to what to do next. Oh, and I did have two days of PT when the doc thought it was knee arthritis but that just made it worse.
Any ideas? Anyway thanks for hte interest.
Almost forgot, No redness or swelling.
lots of questions but elucidating answers!
Posterolateral corner damage and pain in a knee as you described, on it's own, is very rare. It is usually caused by the result of force to a straight knee where it is hyperextended and slightly rotated. Without even knowing what happenes the severe pain suddenly comes. As well as the condition being rare it is even rarer to get it without being in a sporting accident, but what you described could easily cause it. What tears in that corner of the knee are, the posterior capsule, the lateral ligament, hamstring, the popliteal tendon, and the popliteofibular ligament. I would put my money on the latter and the popliteus tendon.
The main drag to a person with this condition is the inability to run and fast walk as you so well describe. Secondly it is usually difficult to move quickly up a set of stairs.
You should really see an orthopaedic doc and have an MRI, if you have read some of my other poats you may have noticed my aversion to every condition getting an MRI but I think in such a complex area it is called for. The anatomical names above can be googled and so explained.
Keep us in touch, these knee conditions are very rare and interesting.