View Full Version : My knee went out!!

10-06-2009, 11:34 AM
My knee had been sore for a couple of weeks but i just kept marching forward in my insane attempt to bring home a bit of bacon and a few Shekels..

I had a roof repair job but the roof was a 12/12 pitch with old comp, I climbed up with my cushions ok but i did not count on the granules coming off thus causing me to slip many times, My foot sled out on me causing that panic feeling for a second, I think i put severe strain on my knee.

Well the next day i was sore , The top outside of my knee has a burning sensation and i cant bend it, Not much swelling, I am icing it elevating it taking advil and resting, The first day nothing seemed to work, Today i see a 10 percent improvement but still took me 10 minutes to put my socks on.

Of coarse its nice outside and i have a million things to do before the rains come.

Any of youse have knee trouble and any other hints would be most gratefully received ..

Im debating weather or not to go to the chiropractor or wait a day or 2?

Dave Wright
10-06-2009, 11:55 AM
I know everyone wants to keep health costs down, but an MRI will likely identify the problem if there's a significant one. A surgeon can probably fix it. That costs too; I think it's worth it.

I had a torn meniscus and frequent pain on overuse for years, finally lot's of swelling and pain. I went to an expert, all he does is knees, and he's done many thousands. The operation took 12 minutes, I was conscious during the procedure. He told me that if he had taken much longer than 12 minutes, he would have known that he had done something wrong. He told me the knee would be 100% in 90 days. He sent me home with a video of the surgery and pain killers. I laid low for 2 days and the pain went away. Then I hobbled around a bit for a week or so. Then I took it real easy for 90 days. It was 100% in 90 days just as he said it would be. It's still great 10 years later.

Results vary. I'm thinking my other knee might need the same treatment soon.

Good luck!

Paul Pless
10-06-2009, 11:59 AM
Any of youse have knee trouble and any other hints would be most gratefully received ..A visit to the orthopedist for sure... in the meantime you need ice (lotsa ice) and support. Even 20 years on from my repaired knee I still get the occasional twinge.:eek: Nothing makes your heart fall like that, believe me.

10-06-2009, 12:06 PM
As I recall, you're one of those who won't buy health insurance. I certainly hope you haven't suffered a torn ACL, like I did... the surgical repair will set you back maybe $15K-20K.... of course, some people with torn ACL's and no insurance simply spend the rest of their lives hobbling around.... no other choice..

Norm my wife is a teacher so we have heath insurance, I want to ice it for a day or 2 and see how it goes first, .

But thank you for your insurance jihad lecture.

Paul Pless
10-06-2009, 12:59 PM
But thank you for your insurance jihad lecture.> :D

David W Pratt
10-06-2009, 01:02 PM
In cases like this I suggest calling the local professional sports teams, ballet troupes (if it is a hand, include the philharmonic orchestra) and big sports colleges. Ask them who they use as an orthopedic surgeon. Those surgeons tend to be very good, the teams can afford it, and the patients are committed to continuing their activities.
Good luck.

Robert L.
10-06-2009, 02:29 PM
This sounds like it is for real so it is not a job for a chiropractor. Get to a doctor (if you go to chiropractors you will probably feel more comfortable with an orthopedist as there are some philosophical parallels, however they are real doctors with real medical degrees) and get that thing checked out. Since you are insured get an MRI, x-rays are fine for bones but soft tissue injuries don't show up on an x-ray. If you get it checked out now you have not lost anything, you need a couple days to recoup anyway even if there is no major damage. However if it is damaged but feels better in a couple of days, you are setting yourself up for a major perhaps lifelong injury if you blow it out.

David is right on about going to a specialist in sports injuries. They do a lot of knees and they have to do them right.

Paul Pless
10-06-2009, 02:35 PM
This sounds like it is for real so it is not a job for a chiropractor. funny :D

John Meachen
10-06-2009, 03:32 PM
I injured my right knee when I slipped on the boat a few years ago.After a painful and totally sleepless night I managed to get an appointment to see a doctor in the morning.He was sympathetic,having suffered similarly himself a few months earlier, and recommended elevation of the leg and application of a pack of frozen peas to cool things.He said I should return in a couple of days in order to assess progress.Signs of progress would indicate a sprain rather than a tear and healing ought to follow without surgery.I was lucky and I recommend that you seek advice sooner rather than later.

Rich Jones
10-06-2009, 03:41 PM
Ten years ago, I suffered a torn meniscus. Had the surgery and it was fine. But 18 months ago, at age 55, my 34 years of carpentry caught up with me and I had to have a double knee replacement (both done the same day; what fun). My wife's a teacher also, so I had great insurance. Do what ever you can to protect those knees!

Paul Pless
10-06-2009, 03:46 PM
I had to have a double knee replacement(both done the same day; what fun).My mom has had two complete knee replacements; followed by rejection of one implant so a follow up surgery to rebuild her leg bones with cadaver bones and then a subsequent replacement of that artificial joint. Fifteen years later she had two revisions done, again at the same time. She claims that if you were to have only one done at a time there's no way that you would return to the hospital in two to three months to have the other one done.:eek:

10-06-2009, 05:28 PM
It could be anything so this may not be correct, but I'd add a decent compression brace to the process until you see a doctor. I have what sounds like a similar injury caused in a similar way and when it first flared up it was agony and I couldn't move without a massve stab of pain, even in bed at night. I didn't get a lot of sense out of the doctor's as nothing came up in the scans, a physio suggested an inflamed miniscus and put me on the ice/heat/compression brace and it came good in a fortnight.

It comes back from time to time, particularly during roofing jobs, up and down ladders and when I have to squat for work for a time and when it does flare up I go straight to the compression brace and it seems to come good after a couple of days.

Robert L.
10-06-2009, 06:28 PM
1968 fort Polk La. run, dodge and jump. Torn mcl and lcl ...

In 1968 knee surgery was a pretty invasive and crude process.
You were young then and most everything in your body was probably in good shape. Today if they get to it early enough they can do really impressive things almost invisibly, unless you wait too long and really screw it up. Don't know how old bobbys is but if he has been doing roofs for a few years the whole thing could go without much warning. If you really screw it up even if you are young oh say even 19 it isn't much fun limping for the next 40 or 50 years of your life. Doesn't impress the girls much either. There are more things than roofs that a blown knee can keep you off of.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
10-06-2009, 07:34 PM
Get thee to a doctor.
I suffered a knee injury and kept working for 3 miserable months with it.
I finally got laid off, sat on the couch, propped my knee up and watched TV for a few weeks and it was fine after that.
If you're gonna be hoppin around, get a good brace and crutches.

10-06-2009, 09:39 PM
Yo bobbys, hows it hangin dude? :):).

Boy came over and brought his 300 dollar brace, Son Gabe is an Extreme sports star and has been injured a lot , Im icing it taking advil and put ther brace on, Will see how it goes in the next day or 2 then try and see if theres a knee doctor anywhere, Not many people here so there may not be, I think i will skip the chiropractor, The brace already is keeping my leg stiff yet mobile i shouda had it right away, Its better then when my back went out though i could do nothing when that happened, At least this does not hurt if i dont bend it, Got a bit depressed but then thought most of my friends have already passed on so at 56 if im still kicking its all ok

10-06-2009, 11:46 PM
Most likely your body telling you to have better sense,get a younger man to do it. 12/12 pitch is steep, tarred arround the mother inlaw's chimney,a little steeper, two weeks ago, took a week and considerable spirits to get the kinks out.:) Hope nothing serious..