/ My Knee Hurts
Last week for no apparant reason it flared up again, swollen, aching, couldn't bend it etc. The problem is - we're off skiing again in a couple of weeks time. Now I will go to my GP again, at a guess he'll give my anti-ingflamattories etc, possibly even an injection, but should I be considering other things, e.g. these knee braces and so on? Also - I have sever tendonitis in my elbow, stopping my climbing at the moment - is this likely to be related?
Just looking for benefit of experience and some informed opinions, so thanks in advance.
Go and see a physio with MMACP quals.
If this happened over Xmas & you are asking the UKC collective, think that you are in denial & you already know the answer.
Don't ski until its better & doesn't hurt, sure it will only prolong the problem by carrying on skiing.
Sorry my two penny worth & probably what you don't want to hear.
I've had loads of knee problems. Most were fixed with NHS orthotics in all my footware. Howerve 8 years ago I tore the cartilage in one knee which was discovered with an MRI. Thankfully I did not need surgery, but I did need many, many months rest. In fact it took several years before my knee stopped locking. Quite painful.
See a physio and see a GP and ask for an MRI scan as well as a referral to a Podiatrist.
This should cover all bases.
The next bit sounds horrible but it may be best to lay of the skiing while on holiday.
It's as much social as anything, we keep kidding ourselves.
Of course I might be wrong, and sorry to sound like a smart ass, I'm almost qualified as a doctor but I speak mostly from experience - I've had 2 serious knee surgeries myself and I've recovered 100% from both, so it's not the end of the world but it needs time!
This sounds horrible! It's unfair I know for you to diagnose remotely, but FWIW is that compatible with a) the fact that it had all subsided to practically nothing for a couple of months, also b) it has subsided now with a few anti-inflammatories? Genuine questions.
Hmm I really appreciate all the replies even though I haven't had the one I wanted yet... I'll try and get advice or a referral from the GP tomorrow.
Lot of food for thought.
> but FWIW is that compatible with a) the fact that it had all subsided to practically nothing for a couple of months, also b) it has subsided now with a few anti-inflammatories? Genuine questions.
I found that cycling has made the biggest difference in strengthening the muscle around the knee joint and keeping everything inside all where it ought to be.
I expect everyone will say it is the last thing you should be doing and if it is damaged. Maybe it is one to remember for next year once you've healed up but it has sorted mine out 100%.
Let me know if you want a whole load of straps and support braces that I don't use any longer :)
> I expect everyone will say it is the last thing you should be doing and if it is damaged.
Woolsack, do you reckon your straps and braces helped at all? I'd *really* like to go skiing next week, even if only a bit of cruising. Are you serious about selling them? PM if you want.
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