I am back to see if you can answer some question on my knee injury
This is follow question following my knee contusion injury of 4 May
I finally had a MRI done but the Doctor says he sees not just a knee contusion but problems with tendons about the knee in my thigh and he has ordered another MRI to look specifically at the Thigh area and then once he has that he could, most likely, send me to a surgeon to see if I might need surgery.
The problem I have is that I can not get the next MRI until 2 July and this will be two months since my injury.
Is this too long a time period to have successful surgery, if It is required?
What could the MRI show--what would be the most positive result and what would be the most problematic result?
At the moment I still have pain but mostly at night when I try to go to sleep and on a scale of 1 to 10 I would say it is a 7.
My leg during the day is a little bit more flexible but I still can not straighten it fully and I notice deep muscle tightness and swelling in the muscle right above the knee cap in the thigh area.
I also have a small indentation in the knee cap. And when walking with a bit of a limp, it will give out. But the walking does seem to be improving.
Well, I guess that is it. Could you just give me some ideas of what I might encounter with the upcoming 2 July MRI and what to expect.
My hope is that I am now on to Recovery and what the Doctor saw with the first MRI is just some minor tearing and swelling that would recover on its own in time, with some strengthening and flexing exercises
Thank you Tom
Your posting the MRI report would have helped me in addition to the history you have described.
Well there are bulky muscles converging to become tendons above any joint as in knee too.
MRI on July 2 will definitely be late. Upon recovery from any injury, the fibrosis starts and since your trauma dates back to May 4, it is already a long time and the fibrosis must have already set-in well.
Next MRI would be after almost 15 days.
You may try to consult the Orthopedic Surgeon at the earliest for a clinical evaluation, examination and it is possible that the splay we get in MRI might show something to the Orthopedic Surgeon to decide faster.
Your inability to straighten the knee fully indicates that the muscles above are either week or have more than expected tear with fibrosis.
I would expect edema of part of the muscle with fibrosis and may be tear.
Yes, I do agree with you. The healing is done by the body. We as Doctors just assist in the process. I think you need a good Physiotherapist to give you the right direction.
Please keep posted the progress.
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