Back at the beginning of december i injured my knee. I had been about to kneel down when my leg gave out and i landed on my knee with it bent in a very awkward way. I had swelling and great amounts of pain and dull ache and after seeing a doctor in A&E was booked for an mri scan and put into a lockable brace which i wore for around 6 weeks as he was sure i'd suffered mcl injury. The scan showed no cartilage damage and no real mcl damage which was suspected. Ive recieved some physio since and the pain subsided in those areas but i have been left with chronic pain above my knee in my quadricep area above my kneecap. The muscle is completely bulged with my leg straightened and is proving very painful to walk on and is also painful at rest too with a warm feeling in it but not to the touch. I'd always pointed this out to them but it was pretty much ignored by the consultant. The physio said it maybe the tendon but left it at that. Im also assuming the mri scan didn't scan this area maybe? The trouble is also that the consultant i seen was not a knee specialist due to an appointment mix up and just vaguely looked at the scan and told me he didnt think he could see anything major and just referred me to a physiotherapist without me seeing a knee specialist.
I apologise for the essay, its a bit of a long story! Should i consult my GP and get it looked at again? Im currently living on strong co-codomal im prescribed for my spinal and joint disorders and it doesnt touch the pain above my knee.....
Fluid collected in the knee, an effusion, will cause the symptoms you describe. This usually responds to PT, Ice and NSAID's. If it persists, or continues to recollect, then you should be re-evaluated to determine the cause of the fluid build up and possibly to drain your knee.
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