Constant Knee Pain Issues

by Ashley Eddy
(Oklahoma)

Hello. I'm 15 years old and have been having constant knee issues for the last 4 years. The first time it was injured, I had fallen on the inside of my knee in cheer. I went to a doctor complaining of extreme pain a few weeks later. He put me in a straight leg brace for 1 month. This did nothing for the pain whatsoever. I then did physical therapy for about a month on my own at home. I was still having problems so I went back to the doctor and was told that there was no reason with this injury that I should be having severe pain on the sides of my knee. It was very weak and gave out on me any time I tried to walk fast or participate in any high impact activities.


About 18 months after the first injury, I was running, in a brace, and my foot got caught in a hole and my knee turned so far and hard that it spun my brace over 180 degrees around my leg. The next day I went back to the doctor that I had seen previously, and once again, he could find nothing wrong with it to explain the pain. The only thing that was done was completing 3 months of physical therapy.

Because of there being no actual diagnosis, I just lived with the pain for the next 2 years until it became so severe that I could not walk more than a few feet without falling over. I then went to another doctor for a 2nd opinion on why I was in so much pain. When I arrived there, I was having severe pain on both sides of my kneecap and under it as well. There was also a lot of grinding when I even slightly moved my leg. I had had multiple X-rays and MRIs in past few years, but once again they were done. They both came back clear like the others. The doctor then found that I had a Patellar tilt and needed to have a lateral release. I had this done, and had 3 months of physical therapy afterwards. Now 9 months later, I still am getting no relief at all. Do you have any ideas about why I would still be having issues after a supposedly successful surgery?

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Jan 21, 2009
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by: Bart - SII

There are likely other factors contributing to your knee pain other than just the lateral patellar tilt. Flexibility, mobility, strength, biomechanics, etc can all contribute to patella femoral syndrome. Sometimes PT will work to help, but it depends greatly on how good your clinician is at finding all the possible causes. While the surgery may have been successful, it may have only taken care of one of the many different causes of your pain.

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Jan 21, 2009
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by: Ashley

The PT has not helped for some reason. I've been referred to a physical therapist 3 times, each time I have gone until the insurance company cut me off. It isn't really an option anymore. The last time I saw my doctor, I was told that there is nothing more that can be done, there is nothing else wrong, and that the only thing I can do to get any relief is do have 1-2 hours of PT per day for the rest of my life. Could that really be true??

Jun 03, 2009
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by: Christine

Hi, I also am going through the exact same scenario as yourself. However, it also has attacked my lower back and my other knee once in awhile acts up. There is an over-the-counter medication called MSM (sorry I can't remember who makes it). Look for the 1000mg strength. This helps relieve pain greatly. Something else you might want to get as well is Glucosamine (this is also over-the-counter). This works along with the MSM. While it is available in a pill together, make sure you get them both separate as there is more MSM separately and that is what you want. Hope this info helps.

Jun 04, 2009
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by: Ashley Eddy

Ok thank you! I will check into that!

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