Question - Knee Strained Tendon (patellar subluxation)

by Colleen
(Barnegat, NJ)

This may sound stupid but about 9 weeks ago I was at the beach standing in the water. The waves were rough and knocked me down. My feet were sucked in the sand so my left knee twisted. i didn't hear a pop or anything. But right away I knew something was wrong with my left knee. It hurt to turn or twist the knee right away.


2 weeks later I went to the ortho dr. He ordered an MRI. This showed no tears but he thought my kneecap had moved and strained my retinaculum tendon.

I have been in therapy for 6 weeks now. I am getting strength back in my leg but still cannot walk normal as there is considerable tightness in the back of my knee and I cannot straighten my leg totally. Kinda feels like a rubber band tightening the leg.

It is hard to stand for any length of time. And now the strain is pulling on my lower back. When I walk for any length of time I use a flexible knee brace but I would like to get back to normal walking

Is this common?

Dr. just says tendons take a while to heal. But I really would like to know if anyone else has had an injury of this sort.

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Sep 30, 2008
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patellar subluxation
by: Bart - SII

It takes several months to recover from a patellar subluxation, which is what it sounds like you had from your description.

Building up your quads after the injury is important, as well as working on strengthening your hips and core. Getting full knee extension when you are walking is vital, and if you are not getting full extension, that could be part of the reason you are getting the symptoms in your hip/back.

The tightness you are feeling could be from swelling, or from tight hamstrings, or abnormal joint motion between the tibia and femur. You may talk to your therapist about tibial/femoral joint mobilizations to restore motion, especially if you don't have full extension.

Bart

Jul 26, 2009
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Same Experience
by: Anonymous

I am having the same symptoms. The other day I was bringing in the groceries from the car. It was raining and I was wearing flip flops. To avoid getting wet I jogged to the garage. The garage floor had gotten a little wet and when I stepped into the garage I slip and my right knee twisted a little. My knee twisted plus all of my weight fell on my knee at the same time. A couple days later there is no swelling or discoloration, but I can't fully extend my leg. When I try to extend it I get pain from my back outside tendon. I have been putting ice on it for the past couple days and its only gotten a little better. It hurts the most after I get up from sitting, but if I stand on it for a while it starts to fell less painful but only I'm only about 60% at most. What can I do to make it heal faster?

Oct 05, 2009
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Me Too
by: Anonymous

I have had the same problem for about 5 weeks. It is particularly painful after sitting, particularly in the car or when commuting by train.

I have seen no sign of improvement and strapping made it feel worse. Ice gives some short term relief as does rubbing with 10% ibruprofen gel.

I would love to know how long I have to put up with this or if there is any therapy that I could try.

May 26, 2010
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Subluxation
by: Anonymous

The exact same thing happened to me, I could walk but I couldn't bend my leg completely either way, I was just walking and my knee snapped out of then back in place. Then four days later (yesterday) it happened again and now I can't walk at all, I have crutches.

Aug 19, 2010
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It's been 3 months
by: Anonymous

I had my knee cap completely pop out doing a lunge 3 months ago. I've had the brace, crutches, and physical therapy. It's better, but not anywhere close to being back to normal. I have trouble with stairs, tight hamstrings, and frequent popping in my knee.

Oct 22, 2015
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by: Jane

I could feel the pain for 6 months after I fell on my knee at skating rink. Really bad memories.


Jan 29, 2016
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Success In Treating Subluxation of the Knee Join NEW
by: Anonymous

I did this figure skating, was doing a single lutz, and my knee went one direction while my lower leg went the other. I actually found that a combination of both 4-6 weeks physical therapy and about 2 months of chiropractic adjustment of the knee, will retrain/restrengthen those ligaments. The key is keeping somewhat active to rebuild strength...Pace yourself!


Jul 02, 2016
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Knee Injury...after reading several types of knee injuries.. NEW
by: Anonymous

It sounds like the same thing for me..while trying to step over a water poled from cleaning the floor at my mom's place...I took big step over it, and turned my leg slightly inward.. I didn't feel anything happen at all, until an hr. or so later I could not twist, turn or bend it.. I thought perhaps I strained a muscle... I watched i for few months, got better, but didn't go away..then 6 months after, while I was packing boxes, bending and getting up...I aggravated it, and thought "perhaps it handed healed and muscle was weak.. 5 week after that, yesterday exactly I stepped off a side walk curb at a plaza, and I felt a rubber band like pop, and y leg collapsed..I had difficult time to try and stand up... I HAVE NO insurance...I cannot ill afford to not keep working, as I work for self, things have been quite stressful, tight, and depressing at best...I DIDN"T NEED THIS TO happen. I know it needs to be properly diagnosed..but after being a vital, working human being for better part of 35 yrs...I am stymied at theoretical prognosis. I ALSO..know as I know my body..SOMETHING definitely is wrong...HELP.

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