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Thread: VA MRI results knee injury
05-10-2012, 01:44 AM #1Minion
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VA MRI results knee injury
9 years ago I fell and my left knee caught all of my weight on my ACL while in the military. In 4 days I couldn't put my boot on because my leg was swollen all the way to my foot. The did and X-ray and said I had a minor fracture on my patella (We were underway on a ship and it was Navy medical personel and it was all done on board the ship). The put me in a brace in a bed for a month and then sent me back to work. No PT or anything. We got back to home port and they said they had someone review my X-ray and there was no fracture. It didn't start bothering me until I got out. I have been going to the VA and I have been doing PT. They finally just now did an MRI. The first person that reviewed it said I have a torn meniscus. I went to ortho today and he said he didn't see anything at all and didn't know what my problem was. Over the last couple years it has gotten more and more painful. Going down hills and stairs hurts and I feel like its going to give out. It swells for no reason all of the time. It hurts even when I'm in bed doing nothing. Today ortho gave me a cortisone injection 2 inches below my patella on the inside. It hurts way worse now then it did before the injection. I'm wondering if anyone can give me advice on what I should do next. I am only 30. I am very active with hiking and camping and anything outdoors and I have a 7 year old son. I am afraid that this is going to continue getting worse and keep slowing me down. Would it be worth it to go to a knee specialist? I have insurance but am worried about what I might have to pay. Or are they gonna tell me the same thing the VA is telling me?
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05-11-2012, 10:27 AM #2Registered User
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See if you can get the VA to scope our knee? A lot of knee injuries don't show up very well on MRIs.
If they won't, then yes, go to a specialist.
05-11-2012, 10:54 AM #3