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Swelling, popping, clicking in knee, painful, shooting pain. What is wrong?

I ve been a skateboarder for quite some time now and this problem has been occurring for a couple of years. From what i can remember I was going for a trick and in mid air i kicked the board then landed on slanted surface making my left knee go inward towards the right leg. immediately no pain was there as i did feel a slight pop, so i skate a little more and as i go for my next trick i bend down and pain shoots through my knee unable to walk normal. As time goes i forget about it and i go in for a deep squat and the pain comes as try to straighten my leg. it feel as if its being blocked by something. and when i try to squat back down it feels really stiff and unable to get the full squat. There is swelling and popping and/or clicking in my knee when the pain dulls enough to freelly try to extend my knee and bend it.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

From the description, I feel that you might have injured the MENISCUS in the knee joint. These meniscii act as shock absorbers for the knee joint.

The conservative management is as follows -
* avoid impact sporting activities that puts more strain on the knee joint
* rest and ice packing of the knee joint
* elastic compression bandage to resolve the swelling
* Physiotherapy for quadriceps strengthening
* analgesic and antiinflammatory medicines as and when needed

If symtoms are persisting, then an MRI scan is mandatory to make a diagnosis.

Consult an orthopedic surgeon and follow his advice.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sun, 14 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. S. Jegadeesan's  Response
I went through your nature of injury and your present complaints. The possibility of fracture is rare. Anyhow better to take an X-Ray knee joint to rule out fracture.
The possibility of internal meniscus or ligament tear are possible. This can be diagnosed only by Arthroscopy. After proper clinical examination a diagnostic and treatment Arthroscopy can be planned in a single sitting.
Best wishes
Answered: Sun, 14 Jul 2013
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