I am 22 years old and have had 3 knee surgeries for various things. I played college soccer but had to retire due the most recent injury to my left knee. That injury happened around the second week of August in 2009. It was nothing traumatic other than being kicked below the knee causing a contusion to my shin and then started causing pain in my upper knee. After several months off, with no soccer and only minimal rehabing in the training room (due to mass amount of swelling and pain) a surgeon scoped my knee in November and took out 2-3 plica and a ton of scar tissue. After three weeks of healing and feeling great, the same pain as before came back except for more intense. It was sensitive to touch, bruised constantly, locking, giving out, snagging, popping and grinding with sharp pain in one area (top left side of knee cap and right under) and then an achey feeling pretty well all the time. Especially after sitting, walking or standing for any length of time. I was then given an injection to give cushion and it ended up doing nothing but making it worse. After giving the injection a little while I was sent to do Physical therapy 2-3 times per week to regain all muscles, build hip, hamstring and VMO strength. After several months of that and pool rehab, I was discharged from physical therapy because the PT said that there was nothing left for him to do. I had re-built the muscles and even strengthened other areas more than before and building the muscles wouldn't fix what ever the problem was.
During the PT session I was sent to go get a brace and now have to wear the Donjoy TruPull Advanced with hinges to try and help so that i could do some sort of cardio after 7 months. It does okay with it on but the minute I take it off it swells, bruises and starts giving out and then am not able to any form of exercise any where from a few days to two weeks.
About 3 months ago I was given another injection by a different surgeon (the one that did my second surgery) and has yet to do anything.
The doctors I went to said that there is no arthritis, no torn ligaments or muscles and the patellar tracking and moving is pretty good. It is off slightly enough to cause pain but not serious enough to go back and scope for anything.
I feel as though I have been given the round about and would really like to know what is wrong. I have dont the rehab, the resting, strengthening, scoping and injections and knee braces. I know my body, especially my knees; i know that they will never be pain free especially after three surgeries but this is not a normal feeling for me. Something is wrong. Do you have any suggestions of what it might be or what I should do?
- the first surgery on left knee was in 2005 to remove osteochondromas. One was on my femur and other was on my tibia. They have not found any more in the knee to cause any of the symptoms.
-the second sugery was in 2008 on my right knee to repair my torn mcl, meniscus and to remove another bone tumor from center or femur and then had to do a bone graft.
-All three surgeries were done by different surgeons.