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Pain, difficulty in bending the knee after a fall. Cause?

I fell onto my knee about 4 months ago, it was pretty sore at the time, but seemed Ok after about a week. I am now experiencing pain when I bend my knee to more than 90 degrees, kneeling is painful, cycling is painful. I like to keep fit and go to the gym and this is restricting me in the classes I can participate in. What could be the cause?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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Hello, thanks for using HCM.
With a history of knee trauma, it is most likely that what you are experiencing now is a continuation or a complication of the trauma you had. The knee is made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, meniscus, bursa etc all of which can be involved in a knee trauma. Affections related to bones, ligaments and tendons turn to be more acute with symptoms such as pain and swellings. However, meniscal lesions turn to evolve over time. Trauma predisposes to Osteoarthritis (a degenerative joint disease) which results from a slow but continuous erosion of the articular surfaces causing pain, crepitus and sometimes knee imbalance. However, all these are hypothesis and only after an appropriate clinical evaluation by a Physician and possible tests (x-ray, ESR ) will give a precise answer.
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Answered: Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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