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Sports Injuries

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Posted by: Lexi | 2016/05/18

Q.

Knee Pain solution for active woman

HI There Last year I had quite a bad fall on my left knee during a 5 km run. I finished the run. The patella was still very sensitive after that. This year I started Netball and I started to get pain under the patella and the inside of the knee. I thought it was Runner knee as I also run. Unfortunately the pain got worse. I had another bad fall during a Netball game. The pain got so bad, I went for physio. My therapist suggested I stop playing Netball for a few weeks as the sudden change in direction put a lot of pressure on the inside tendon. He also said that there is "loose bodies" in my knee and is catching on the tendon. He strapped me to see if the pain will be better when I play Netball. It went well until the last 5 minutes before we finished. Today I can hardly walk on my leg. Almost like the tendon is "catching' again (inside the leg next to the knee). Is there anything I can do to release the tendon? And how would I treat this injury going forward? I must mention that I'm a 40 year old woman and very active. Thank you for your time

Expert's Reply

A.

Sports Injuries Expert
- 2016/06/13

Hi Lexi, 


It sounds like you may have typical anterior knee pain (runner's knee), with potential cartilage damage in your patella-femoral joint. It's likely all secondary to the trauma, as well as the large and repetitive load placed on the knee in sports such as netball. The problem is that you need an actual diagnosis before you can successfully attempt to treat and correct the problem. It's advised that you see a sports physician for a thorough examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan. A course of anti-inflammatories, strapping, ice and elevation after a painful episode should help to alleviate the pain, but it is a short term fix until the actual diagnosis is made clear.

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