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Knee Injury

Ok first off i was walking and my knee just kind of gave out i ended up falling with all my weight (217) onto my left knee, i went to the ER cause it was very swollen bruised and hurt so bad i couldn't straighten it. The took X-Rays but no one was there to look at them so they just put me in immobilized brace and gave me crutches and said stay off of it for 3 days. I did that and no here it is a month or more later and it still hurts. But the reason i am writing is... I knelt down on my bed on my bad knee sort of to move my daughter and i got this excruciating pain and when i sat down i looked at it and i had an instant bruise there. So my question is.. is my knee broken or shattered or chipped to make it hurt and bruise like that? I have a 2 yr old and a 4 1/2 month old so if i need to see a doctor about this and need to take it easy i would really like to know what i am up against ya know. PLEASE HELP.

thanks Becky
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UPDATE : also i forgot to add after the other night when i knelt on it and all that my ankle has also been hurting actually my whole leg get tingly and numb but hurts real bad
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Hi Becky,
How old are you?
Knee pain has many causes, including pathologic processes in the knee and disorders in distant locations with referral to the knee area.
Can you tell me when this pain is more? Do you experience any grinding, locking, catching, or giving way of the knee? When did your pain begin, what were you doing at the time, and what were the initial symptoms?
Grinding is characteristic of osteoarthritis; locking and catching are characteristic of meniscus injuries and osteochondritis dissecans (meniscus injuries are much more common than osteochondritis dissecans); and giving way is more characteristic of ligamentous injuries.
Are there any positions that make your knee more or less comfortable?
Have you tried anything to help the pain and, if yes, has that been successful? Have you ever had surgery on your knee?
The answer to your question lies in doing an imaging study of knee to find out the exact pathology.
The 1st step is plain radiographs (including weight-bearing posterior-anterior, lateral, and tangential [Merchant] views) of the patella.
I think you should be visiting an orthopaedician at earliest, as you are an active mother and also if this stays for too long it might turn out be chronic.
Hope this helps you.
Bye.
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I am 23, my knees hurt when i was pregnant like when i was sitting it hurt real bad getting up but once i was up it wasnt to bad. After i had my babies it went back to normal, then like i said i was walking and it just gave out and i fell. my knee is fine if i lay down with it bent alittle but if my pants or anything even slightly touch the top of my knee then it hurts. And like i said when i knelt down on my bed it was and excruciating pain and it bruised instantly. So that makes me think that my knee is chipped or something to make it hurt and bruise like that.  And if i walk for like 5 maybe 10 minutes in a store it starts hurting and have actually had the back of my knee hurt. i have tryed motrin and it dosnt even touch the pain.
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Hi Becky,
Your symptoms of sudden fall while walking with swelling around the joint suggests that you might have a ligament injury.
These patients would usually report a deceleration injury or twisting the knee that led to immediate symptoms of swelling and pain.
Further your symptoms of pain while kneeling down and release of symptom when you are standing or lying suggests that it might be Patello-femoral disorders.
I think you should be doing X-rays, including AP, lateral, and sunrise views of your knee joint.
Treatment: Rest, NSAIDs, patellar bracing and/or taping, and physical therapy that emphasizes quadriceps stretching and strengthening and straight leg-raising with the leg externally rotated to particularly focus on the vastus medialis oblique, is first-line treatment.
As I said you should be  think you should be visiting an orthopaedician at earliest, as you are an active mother and also if this stays for too long it might become chronic and then un-reparable.
Keep me informed.
Bye.
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