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Pain in the knee while running and jogging, strange sensation in the right knee. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I have been having a problem with my kneaded when I am running
Doctor :   Can you explain the problem?
User :   Sorry that ment to say knee when I'm running, when I bend it ready to extend it for the next stride it feels like its going to give way, it starts off where I can hardly feel it but gets worse pretty quick then once I finish running after 5 mins its gone away.
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Do you experience pain or discomfort whenever you run?
User :   No only after a couple of minutes of running/jogging I feel this strange sensation in my right knee I run through it until I end up running without really bending my knee as it feels like its gonna give way when I bend it
User :   Only recently in the last week this has happened
User :   I'm 24
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age?
Doctor :   Did you remember sustaining any injury?
User :   No the first time it came on I was just running normally and doing a few sprints in between, nothing out of the ordinary
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have history of recurrent joint pains in the past?
Doctor :   Do you notice swelling on the knee?
User :   No to both
User :   I have a fitness test coming up soon as I am in the military and was wondering what I should do
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor?
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   Ok
User :   No I have not seen one yet as I am on leave
Doctor :   Knee is a type of hinge joint. It is supported by plenty of ligaments / menisci / cartilage. The extra connective tissues provide support and stability to the joint.
User :   So do I have a repetative strain injury of some sort
Doctor :   In a few athletes, sports-persons these connective tissue could get damaged and injured.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   It is usually precipitated by an acute injurious event while running or playing - some thing like a fall or a twist.
Doctor :   But some times due to repeated stress on these tissue, the damage can happen.
User :   So what can I do
Doctor :   It seems that you may have sustained some injury to these connective tissue.
Doctor :   Clinically it is hard to evaluate or predict the severity of injury. I encourage you to see an orthopedic.
Doctor :   A good knee examination can give us hints if such an injury is the cause of your symptoms.
Doctor :   Some times the doctor may ask you to get MRI of the knee joint to confirm the diagnosis.
User :   Anything I can do in the mean time, I won't be able to get to a doctor for a few weeks at least
Doctor :   Once the condition is diagnosed, you could be treated with anti inflammatory drugs, knee supports and splints for a while.
Doctor :   Serious injuries may need surgeries (arthroscopic or open surgeries).
User :   I still need to train so is there anything you can suggest
Doctor :   The best you could do now is
Doctor :   1. Give adequate rest. Do not involve in any more running or out door play activity for a while till you get this sorted.
Doctor :   2. You may use antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen - if you notice pain / discomfort or swelling at a later stage.
Doctor :   Do not worry much.
Doctor :   Since you do not have much pain or swelling,
Doctor :   the condition doesn't seem very concerning to me.
Doctor :   But do consider consulting an orthopedic for proper treatment.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I'm only concerned because like I said I'm in the military and fitness tests which is running is compulsory so I need to keep fit
Doctor :   By not very concerning, I meant with some period of rest, the injuried tissues can heal soon.
Doctor :   you should be back to your normal routine once the healing is complete.
Doctor :   The duration of rest can be best decided after the physical examination.
User :   I understand, can I do any form of fitness that will be ok for my knee
Doctor :   Do you follow?
Doctor :   If you cannot avoid running and jogging, you may try using knee support such as braces or knee caps.
Doctor :   Involve in mild exercises that doesn't involve sprinting.
User :   Like swimming
Doctor :   The supports should give additional stability to the knee during the healing process.
Doctor :   Any non weight bearing or light weight bearing exercises will be fine.
User :   Thank you doc
Doctor :   swimming is ok.
Doctor :   I recommend you to see an orthopedic for the complete treatment, the duration of treatment.
Doctor :   They will be able to provide you with physio training and knee supports which will be an additional help to you.
User :   The only doctor I can see is in casualty as I am not registered to a civilian doctor but I will go in and see
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   That's it thanks doctor
Doctor :   You are welcome.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Wish you speedy recovery.
Doctor :   All the best. Bye for now.
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