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I've been in 3 car wrecks since 3/2007.The1st wreck I had neck,back,& a torn medial meniscus.I had surgery to repair the knee & with physical therapy & excercise recovered with no permanent problems.In the 2nd wreck had the same neck,back,but only non-surgical damage to the same left knee.With physical therapy & exercise recovered with no permanent problems.in the 3rd wreck I have the same neck,back & knee problems,only this time,after my 3rd MRI which shows no tears or structural damage,I have constant pain in the left hip,a numb left foot that also feels extemely hot all the time,My knee swells at the drop of a hat,pops & locks on occasion,especially after sleeping all night,if I'm able to.Some times I'm awakened in the middle of the night w/knee pain when my knees bump together,even with a pillow between my legs.The knee swells when I walk, exercise,twist,bend,etc.When my knee locks up I'll heat up a moist towel in the microwave,wrap my knee until the pain goes away,then I'll straighten the leg & thats when it pops the worst.Any ideas or thoughts or similar experiences.I do have a follow up with my orthopod,but I kind of get the feeling that he's stumped too.  
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No one has any has any ideas ore similar expereinces,patient or M.D.Hard to believe!
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How are you feeling now?
I feel either it can be Osteoarthritis, Ligament damage, Meniscus damage or Patello-femoral disorder.
Your symptoms suggest that it must be your ligament damage. If the patient has a ligament injury, the patient will report a deceleration injury or twisting the knee that led to immediate symptoms of swelling and pain. In fact, 30 to 50% of patients will report actually hearing a “pop” at the time of injury.
Locking and catching of knee 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.
Following are some general recommendations for what to do next.
X-rays, including AP and lateral views, should be obtained. MRI may be ordered when an associated injury is suspected.
Treatment plan would be as follows like first-line treatment includes rest, ice, elevation of the joint, physical therapy emphasizing stretching and strengthening exercises, bracing, and crutches until weight-bearing is comfortable. Surgery is rarely necessary.
Keep me informed about your decision and if any queries persist.
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