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Knee pain

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by johnluger, May 12, 2012.

  1. johnluger

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    About a year and a half ago I started to have pain in my right knee. I went to a doctor and had an MRI done that showed what appeared to be arthritis and tendinitis. They gave me a RX for an anti-inflammatory and had me do some P.T. which never worked. So I still have pain in my knee and it only get's worse when I go to work which is most likely what brought on all the pain in the first place. So I have to ask what do you do or use for knee pain, and if I am having pain when I work can I see a workman's comp doctor even thou its been longer than 30 days from start of pain?
     
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    Biofreeze will help some, I'd look into a knee brace with hinges on the side, they can help displace some of the weight off the joint and onto the hinges. Physical therapy is used to build up the muscles that support the knee in order to put more weight on the muscle while taking it off the joint.
     

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    Anybody ever get Synvisc shots, how well do they work and how painful was it?
     
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    My Dad had cortisone shots.
    They deaden the knee and with a shot, then run the other right into the joint.
    He had about one shot a week for five weeks and has been good for several months now.

    I used to know a man named Gene. He was in his mid 80's and confined to a wheelchair. He had the shots that give him back his independence. He was foot mobile until he finally died.
     
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    Had Synvisc because the insurance company insisted trying that because it was cheaper than a new knee. Did nothing but put off the new knee for a few months. New knee is great.

    OP: you didn't say how old you are or what you do for work, I also don't know your medical history. If you're on your feet all the time on a tile or cement floor, try different footwear. My experience is ER nursing, always on a hard floor. Good cushioned footwear was a must. Local podiatrist told us and all his patients to buy NewBalance 587 shoes. Worked great for me and several others (new knee result of a motorcycle accident).

    If well cushioned shoes, over the counter pain meds and ointments aren't doing it for you, and a career change isn't possible, time to see a good orthopedic surgeon.

    There are different types of arthritis requiring different treatments, and you may have some injury contributing to the pain. If you're heavy, weight loss helps too.

    Best I can do with what you gave in the post. Good luck.
     
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    i use to get cortizone shots too.. they didn't do much for me. ended up getting prescribed indomethacin for inflamation, meloxicam for arthritis (got unprescribed that after a year) and hydrocodone for pain. the hydrocodone works best but sometimes a heat pad works better.
     
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    I have gone through 8 sets of either the Synvisc or Orthovisc shots in the last 12 years. As background, I had a serious knee injury while at the Academy. I ended up having two surgeries, countless hours of PT and various other treatments. None of them made much difference except for the shots, they are either 3 or 5 shots over either 3 or 5 weeks. And I gotta tell you that if you don't like needles then this may not be fore you. But for me they have done some good over the years. I can't run at all and the limited PT that I do keep up with does help a bit.

    This is just my experience - YMMV.
     
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    I am 23 years old, 5'8'' 150 lbs. I got new shoes with good insoles I stand on mats all day as a teller. I don't like needles but I have to do something about the pain. I can run a mile with no pain at all it's just standing that causes problems.
     
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    The only thing that worked with me was getting things ground smooth. Synvic sounds like it just buys you some time. It is kind of a hail mary.
     
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    Say NO! to Synvisc. I got it some years ago. Knee swelled up and my leg turned black. Doc came to my house one night and gave me an antidote for it. Soon as that healed I got a prosthetic knee. Should have done that in the first place.
     
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    Wow, sorry to hear about your experience. I've never had one bad reaction except for a bruise at the injection site. In my case, one of my surgeries required a bone graft that ended up wearing on the cartilage on the femur. There isn't much that the doctor can do other than prolong replacing my knee. I'm only 48 so I'm going to hold out until I simply can't take it any more. FYI, after my shots I usually lasgt about 6-9 months, maybe a year if I'm lucky before he has to do it again.
     
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    Tried padded shoe iinserts? There are a variety on the market and I went through several before finding one that worked for me. Double or thicker mat to stand on?

    See a podiatrist? Everybody is built differently. Get an evaluation of your stance, since that's what's causing you problems. Most peoples legs are differing lengths. Trying to stand erect and unconscously compensating for a physical difference could be easily corrected by a presciption shoe insert, etc.

    You're right to be concerned, you're too young for this problem. It's hard to find the right specialist, but when you do there will be one of those aha! moments.
     
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    I got a Cortisone shot today so ill see how this work and go from there. Thanks for the help.