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I had an appointment with an orthopedist today to follow up on the knee. He was soooooo much more helpful than the ER doctor, but then, he's a specialist, so that makes sense.

Good news: I'm walking again. It doesn't hurt (well, except for muscles grumpy at not being used for two weeks), and he's not worried about walking aggravating the injury.

Bad news: It's very likely a meniscus tear. I have an MRI next week to see how bad. Depending on that, the options range from fairly mild (anti-inflammatories, or an injection to bring the swelling down) to arthroscopic surgery (yikes!). I'm hoping for the former, needless to say. And no TKD until the swelling is down and the injury resolved. :(

But I can walk! And that's all to the good. Though it feels pretty strange right now.

And he cleared me for hot-tubbing, though wants me to keep using ice for the discomfort, not heat.

Edited for spelling. Bleah, spelling.

Date: 2006-09-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
Yay for walking! Though I'm sorry to hear that it might be a more serious injury than you'd previously thought.

And given that evenings are getting chilly again, I'm glad you've been cleared for hot tub use. *grin*

Date: 2006-09-22 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ethicsgradient.livejournal.com
Wow, good luck with that. Knees are unfortunate things. Mine aren't great, and I fear trouble with them in the future, but for now ok at least...

Also, I think it is 'arthroscopic'. I don't think that those surgeries are too bad, as they go...athletes seem to have them frequently, and if the damage was minor in the first place they seem to recover quite quickly (that is, I think that the recovery time on the damage rather than the disruptiveness of the surgery is the bigger issue...)

But what do I know?

Date: 2006-09-22 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magdalene1.livejournal.com
Glad you're walking again - immobility must have been torture! I'll cross my fingers for a good MRI result.

Date: 2006-09-22 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rissymonster.livejournal.com
Yay for walking! It's useful, no?

Good luck with the MRI--hopefully it won't need surgery. However, if surgery is required, arthroscopic is relatively less-invasive. My surgery last year was somewhat for different knee issues (excess scar tissue, most likely from the initial bone bruising injury), but my dad had meniscal surgery done last year and was pitching again in a few weeks, and he's heading towards 60. Still though, crossing fingers for non-surgery.



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