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  • John

    I am suffering from lack of control and lack of feeling in my right knee and right thigh. My right groin is tender. Cannot support my weight properly or at all on my right knee and have fallen several times. I do not have a normal life. I play gentle doubles tennis. On 12/04/16 I woke up with excruciating pain and could not walk. In A

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  • Ganesh V Nathan

    Hi, I have been training for the IAAF Cardiff Half Marathon and my training was going fine until last Sunday when I developed a slight stiffness in the lower back. There is now severe pain radiating to my left buttock, down the outside of my left thigh and on the left shin so much so that I can only stand for a few minutes before i start to hurt where the femur joins the pelvic girdle. Walking is painful too. My GP has put me on very strong painkillers which keeps the pain under control during the day time but the pain is excruciating at night. I have not slept properly for about 10 days now. I am waiting for an appointment with an Orthpaedic consultant but am desperate to run the Cardiff Half this Saturday. What would your advise be? Can I take some topical pain killers and run or is it better that I don't? Many thanks.

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  • Hwan Jung

    Hello Oracle, I've been experiencing pain in the side of my shins for about a year and a half which has been getting worse gradually mostly due to increasing my intensity of exercise. I was diagnosed as having shin splints and I was just wondering is applying anti inflammatory cream in the pain area supplemented by adequate rest and wearing shock absorbing insoles enough to completely treat this shin pain? Also I think the core problem also came from biological factors such as my flat fleet. Where exactly do I go to check this out and have this properly diagnosed? Im considering having shoes customised for me to maximise shock absorption but I don't know where your meant to to do that. Do you know? Thank you, Kind regards, Hwan

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  • Toni Adams

    I've been experiencing intermittent knee pain for the last few years which is increasing in frequency and duration. In short the pain feels like it's in the knee cap and is usually appears when I'm climbing stairs almost as a spasm which can be intense enough for the knee to buckle and is difficult to put weight on. It's then very achy for next few days particularly if I'm immobile for an extended period. When I bend the knee it feels very 'crunchy' and audibly clicks. It's mainly the left knee however the right knee also seems to follow the same pattern. I'm visiting my GP this week but wondered if it's worth trying physiotherapy first or ask for a referral? Thank you in advance your advice

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  • Caroline

    Hi Oracle, I had a compound fracture of my tibia and associated fibula fractures 2 years ago following a fall whilst skiing. These were plated and screwed, and after delayed union and infection all is well now. I am female, 41 yo. I would like to return to skiing, however I have swelling/distortion on the front /side of my shin (both boney and muscle) which is painful to touch, and too painful to tolerate ski boots. What is your opinion on my best course of action? Physio to adress the pain in shin, and or boot fitting/modifications? Thanks for any guidance as I'm at a loss how to proceed. Kind regards Caroline

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  • Sarah-Jane

    I have very sore buttock pain - started in the right buttock now in left too. I run a lot and a friend mentioned it could be Piriformis syndrome. I do lots of running - but have not been able to do much lately due to pain. What is best route to go - Sports massage, physio or personal training to stenghen?

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  • Abey

    Hi. I have had pre patella bursitis since April this year following at worst very minor trauma kneeling on the edge of a kitchen tile. MRI showed nothing other than a well defined pre patella bursa. Avoiding kneeling didn't improve things and so i have had it aspirated and steroid injection twice now (July

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  • Sarah

    Twelve years ago, I tore my ACL in my left knee while playing tennis. I had reconstruction and have been pain free and super active ever since. Six weeks ago, I re-tore my left acl along with meniscus tear - again playing tennis. The good news is that the MRI showed I have no osteoarthritis and cartilage all looks good. I'm 51 and not ready to give up the sports I love which are tennis and skiing. My goals are to continue to play tennis and ski somewhat aggressively without fear that my knee will buckle /give out/tear and to preferably not have chronic knee pain in later years. I have gone through a month of prehab and am scheduled for surgery next week, but second guessing myself whether I should at least try to get by without surgery with use of brace. I know acl revision is not as successful as primary acl reconstruction which makes me very nervous. I don't want to go through unnecessary surgery and long pt rehab especially if it is likely to tear again or I end up having to scale back due to fear or pain. On the flip side, I am more than willing to go through it, if I can resume my lifestyle. Thank you for any advice you can give me!

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  • jason Dunlop

    Hi, in 2008 I had a large meniscus tear in my left knee that resulted in the cartilage being removed. over the last month the knee has become 'loose' and pain when walking down hills and when straightened/locked position. I'm only 44, so would like to know what options are possible.

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  • Jonathan Sutter

    Mr. Bell: From what I've seen on the internet, you are a very busy man (and one who speaks as an authority). I would understand if you do not have the time to reply, but am hoping you can give me your opinion. June 20th (two weeks ago) I flipped a dirt bike and sustained a tibial spine avulsion, and tears in the medial and lateral menisci of my right knee. This was verified through X-rays, CT scans, and the all-telling MRI. My othorpedic surgeon (Dr. Gregory T. Altman) wants to try and reattach the bone and repair some of the menicus that will not heal on its own, if I understood correctly at my last visit. The MRI also revealed that the end of my femor has compacted to form a small divet due to the impact. I really haven't talked to the doctor about activity after surgery. I'm worried about the ACL being plasitically stretched and resulting in being loose post recovery (I think the medical term is residual laxity?). Have you performed this operation before and with good results? Have you seen a femor with a divot before? (I assume the femur does not return to its natural shape.) Would you expect skiing to be a problem for me? The doctor assured me I would walk again (sigh of relief), and even said I would be able to run, but my knee "will probably feel different from here on." I enjoy leisurely alpine skiing (blues and greens with a black every now and then) as well as cross country skiing and hope that I can enjoy these sports with my son when he's old enough. I realize you can't really give me definites, just looking for your opinion/experience. The doctor wants me back in the office July 13th to evaluate swelling (hoping surgery is that week). I'm currently in PT 2 times a week, with excercises at home and icing. I have no expectations to ski the 2015/2016 season- aiming for 2016/2017 and with a brace because I'm not going through this again... Thanks for any comments, Jonathan, a (dumb) 30 year old kid in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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