Had ligament tear in knees. Was prescribed paracetamol and pain relief ointment. Having pain. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats
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I am XXXXXXX
I wanted to ask you about my knee
Three weeks back, I twisted my knee. I fell down stairs.
The pain is still there
early this week, i consulted a doctor here and after taking the xray, he told me that, it is ligament tear
he asked me to use knee support and gave an oinment for pain relief and paracetamol tablet for anti inflammation
the doctor didnt put any restriction except that, i shouldnot sit down or use indian toilet
Still the pain has nt come down and sometimes i feel it has gone up
Was the doctor you consulted an orthopedic surgeon?
May I know your age XXXXXX?
Do you have history of diabetes?
Let me brief you.
Complete tear needs surgical correction.
Partial tears can be managed conservatively with rest, icing and immobilization.
What your doctor suggested are the conservative means of treatment.
Since ligaments are only for support and not for weight bearing, your doctor has rightly suggested what all things needs to be restricted.
In addition to avoiding squatting position, you also need to avoid any twisting movements of the knee.
Use the knee braces at all times.
Since the pain is persistent, you can get a prescription of better pain killers such as NSAID group of drugs.
The average time period of partial ligament injuries ranges from few weeks to few months.
If at any point of time, you don't feel comfortable and symptoms are troubling, you can report back to your orthopedician (the same or different).
to identify the grade of tear.
We can then be able to decide whether the treatment given to you is sufficient or will you need more aggressive treatments.
Have you followed?
doctor has suggested Hifenac-P
Do you have any query?
For first few days i took, as i thought it just a paracetemol for pain relieving i didnt take regularly
Hifenac P does contain NSAID group of medications in it.
ok, then i will take it
Doctor told me that, it will take 3 to 6 weeks to cure
The persistent pain could be due to insufficient medication; inadequate immobilization or insufficient treatment.
In simple terms - perhaps you haven't taken the medications rightly; or the restrictions given to you was not followed religiously or the treatment provided you is not sufficient (since we do not have MRI results).
Therefore at this point, take the medications as advised rightly and follow the restrictions - avoiding squatting and twisting movements.
In addition to wearing the knee braces except when you sleep.
Knee support I am waring it always except sleeping time
If you do not find any changes with this, then report back to your doctor who can consider getting MRI done.
otherwise i am not feeling confident to walk
Hope it is clear to you.
Do you have any other query?
No.. Thats it thanks doctor for clarification
i will continue the medication and wear the knee support
And restrict twisting knee movements as well as squatting.
Report back to your doctor if there pain doesn't improve.
when you say knee movement
does that include climbing stairs also
If the knee braces is worn adequately, it prevents any bending movements of the knee.
If you are able to bend knee without much problems then the braces needs to be rectified with the help of your doctor.
And yes, it would be better to avoid stairs as much as possible.
Use elevators as and when possible.
Have you followed?
Thanks for your advice. It was very helpful
You are welcome.
Thanks for consulting me.
Bye for now.
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