Knee pain and discomfort, torn cartilage, tendon ligament damage

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Im 22 and have suffered with kneepain for 5-6 years now i used to play rugby but stopped about 3 years ago mainly due to my knees. iwent to my gp about 2 years ago and got reffered to have anmri scan, my right knee has always been worsewith the pain andgiving way ect so i thought it best to get that one sorted first the results came back as a small tear in the cartilage so i was refferedto have 3 months physio and if any problem persist after i would be referred to a specislist. Instead after my 3 months of physio i opted to pay for some private treatment (laser treatment, electrotherapy and ultrasound)where i was also told they thought it was tendons/ligament aswel as the torn cartilage as ialso get trouble with my hip, anyway i started to see.some improvement gradually but sadly couldnt afford to carry this treatment on so unfortunately im back to square one, ive got an appointment with my gp again and hoping to get referred to a specialist now, just wondered what other peoples experience with something like this has been, and what the outcome was? Ive got a bit of a phobia of doctors andhospitals so it takes alot for me to get sorted and i panic about it all.

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    Can you do any portion of the therapy on your own? Some is better than no nothing. Ease back into it and add as you go or if you need special equipment, possibly you could find a low cost gym just so you have both equipment and motivation. I'm in the US and gyms here are showing some financial strain and are making great, no contract, deals. They are the ones with basic equipment with no hydro and other expensive additions
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      Hi the physiotherspy was useless and didnt help in any way, it was the electrotherapy and laser treament that i was seeing some progress with so i wouldnt be able todo that myself which sucks
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      So as I am reading this, you never actually went to physical. Therapy but opted for the other two treatments which were far mor expensive. There is often misconception about PT. Some see it as as waste of time and money because it isn't a laying of hands type miracle where someone tells ride and walk again and all is cured. Maybe another way to explain it is if you have a car that is out of alignment you are going to wear the tires out by cutting the rubber off one side or the other so you have to have the front end straightened and the wheels balanced. Therapy works much the same way. Everything in the joint gets realigned (muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc). Once this happens, healing starts. Going back to the car, if the damage is too severe from not being corrected early, then the tire has to be replaced (tkr) or other corrective surgery, ACL, mcl, meniscus, etc. The worst thing you can do is start doctoring yourself. Therapy takes time, patience, effort and struggles. Many people, me included, jump into tkr's thinking ,wow, surgery, another miracle. I'll get this baby whacked on and be back to my old self running marathons in 60 days. Ain't gonna happen my friend. It's weeks, months and occassionally years before they can ever walk correctly. Being young has its good and bad points. The good, you heal faster.......the bad, impatience. You want it now and you expect to be back in the chase immediately. I was a jock in my youth and in my era a torn knee or banged up shoulder or elbow was a bus ticket home and someone telling you to get a desk job as you were done. Today, if you listen to the professionals, do everything they say and take the necessary time you can make it all the way back. One suggestion, get to an orthopedic surgeon, fully explain your history again......even go to the extent of writing it down so you can edit and not miss a step........listen carefully to the diagnosis and prognosis and the rehab plan. Follow it to the letter. None of the " I'm young and I'll take this easy,quick route cause I know a couple of people that have heard about somebody who did it that way and were cured", otherwise you'll be the one getting the "get a desk job" advice. Then you'll wind up being the very old 50 year old that can't walk and spends their nights sitting up trying to get iutvof pain. I assume you came to this site looking for help. I am a 78 year old that made it to 65 before a tumor blew up and took my active life as I knew it. I am waiting for a staph infection to clear so I can have my 11th knee surgery. My condition us so rare that an or to practice of 8 surgeons had never seen a case. I was their guinea pig. Mistakes were made honestly and I have missed a lot of living, especially in the last 3 years. Don't spend the rest of your life regretting the fact short cuts were made. If I have misread your initial request and have gone out into left field with a recommendation, my apologies.
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      Oh ive done evrrything doctors advised me and followed up, as im young i want to get it sorted the best way possible to prevent further problems in the future and dont wish to take the easiest/quickest way just the right way that will be better for me in the long run, i just wanted advice really on how other people with similar problems have got on and what steps they were told to take before they got anywhere, i'm a hairdresser so i need to get it sorted in the best way possible because obviously i am always on my feet in my job. I dont think i explained my self very well before but yes im just trying and trying different things to get it better as the help ive been given or advise ive been given from professionals before hasnt eorked so fsr so trying to take it further .
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    It sounds to me as if you need to see a knee specialist (consultant) Try and ask your GP to refer you to one.

    My GP referred me to one 3 years ago and I had a Total Knee Replacement which has been very successful. I am not saying you need a knee replacement but you need to be referred to a specialist who knows what they are doing.

    Take care and keep in touch

    Love Sarah xxx

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      Hi thankyou, ive got an appointment with my gp next week andim going to try push to see a specialist and hopefully get somewhere and in the road to recovery. Will try keep updated how i get on. Thanks c x
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      Very best of fortune to you in getting diagnosis and effective remedy soon! Along with the formal medical treatments, other things can help though -  i think my tkr was helped  post op a lot with acupuncture for instance.
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      Thankyou, acupuncture is one thing i havent tryed, like i said the electrotherapy and laser treatment was gradually helping but i couldnt afford to continue with the treatment, so acupunture mabe something to look into for me, thanks
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      I'm fully retired now but have practised acupuncture for many years so am in the fortunate position of self treating,. Depending where you live average treatments cost about £35 to 40 per session, but it is always worth asking for a fee reduction - something i was often able to do for people so money wasn't a barrier. Good luck!
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      How often would you have to have the accupuncture treatment? Seems the same price range as the electrotherapy/laser treatment which i was having every week at first. Still something to look into thankyou x
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    Frequency of the treatment would depend on the style of acupuncture (there are different traditions some focus on the symptoms some on the person having the symptoms) this forum prob not the place to go into all this!! But suffice it to say it would not be fixed in one treatment. Sorry if this isn't very helpful to you -all the very best
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      One last thing - there is a governing body for acupuncturists called the British Acupuncture Council which guarantees proper training, insurance, code of ethics etc, so best to choose someone registered with them. You can find BAcC on line with lots of info. Best wishes
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      Only just seen this message thanks for your help! Ive been to the Drs again today and being referred to an orthopedia Knee specialist so fingers crossed ill hear something soon
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