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Having knee pain. Injured knee during an accident previously. Hurts to walk. Solution?

Hi I woke up sunday with my knee in bits I was out the night before and i didnt damage it, But atm I have ripped my cartlidge thing in my other leg like 2 years ago from a sports accident and did whatever to help it but never got surgery but now my two knees are popping locking like mad and my left knee (not the one i had the accident on) a vain has popped out and its so sore to walk on what should i do?
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi and thanks for the query,

the knee is one of the most complex and precious joints in the body. It is therefore compelling to get an appropriate diagnosis and manage appropriately and in a timely manner knee related pain.

It is important for X rays and an MRI of the knees to be done at this stage. This shall give an idea of the possible lesion implicated, from bone, cartilage, ligament or mesciscus lesion and orient diagnosis. This coupled with the clinical examination of an orthopedic surgeon could be helpful real time.

It is not rare to see that an inflammatory or rheumatologic disease could also present as such. Testing for the degree of inflammation in the body captured through the erythrocyte sedimention rate (ESR), Serum uric acid to rule out gout, rheumatoid factor and ruling out ostheoarthritis could be most useful.

I strongly suggest you book an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Thanks and kind regards.

Bain LE, MD.

Answered: Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Alekhya's  Response
Thank you for the query.
I have gone through your query and understood your concerns. If you were a runner then yes it would be a runners knee which we usually see in runners and as the patella rubs against femur you will have popping link sounds. It usually comes and goes but worsens with prolonged activity,coming downstairs, sitting for longer periods. If you were my patient I would have suggested you with strengthening and stretching exercise, avoiding prolonged activity,knee braces, rest and pacing and surgery is rare and last choice if above mentioned doesnt work. But still you need a scan for legs as there is popping out of vein which indicated varicose veins. consult your orthopedician for clinical examination and confirmation of diagnosis. Thank you.
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