Pain on walking/weight bearing

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9 weeks ago I overdid it at the gym and did squats for the first time. I am a 57 year old female. My knee is now quite swollen and has been since the squats, and it is very painful when weightbearing and walking in particular. Physio is not helping. Also, I can't bend my knee back fully. I have pain behind my knee too but no lump. I'm waiting for an MRI. X Ray showed some arthritis but nothing excessive. Can anyone throw any light as to what issue could be please?

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    You tore something. Get the MRI ASAP and stop the PT. You may want to use crutches to prevent further damage. You need to see an orthopedic surgeon right away. Physio is not the answer. They tried that with me and I demanded an MRI instead. Torn meniscus and had to have surgery. Did you go to the ER? They gave me a brace for and it helped till I could get the surgery. I should have used crutches in hindsight. Keep us posted.
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      I can't even imagine doing squats at our age.. I am in my my mid 50's as well & for me I just got out of a sofa & felt horrible jabb in the outside of my knee & had escalated into long term of months now being disabled having to use walker everywhere I go..I was told my knee had some wearing & a small spure that shown in mri but I have been back n forth with PT I can't deal with them pushing on my knee cap but I do some things such as the bike machime & other things to keep yhe knee joint going being I made a mistake not doing so & lost size on my leg mainly the quads.. so I personally think you should do some light movement on the knee but totaly give up the squating with machines..we are in our 50's now & realistically squating is not good for anyone..it only breaks down knee cartlidge & other things in time not good for anyone...

      Hope & pray you recover soon..just don't over due it on the knee but do move it some ways being you don't want to let it get stiff on you that is when you will have some bigger problems...Happy New Year...

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      Thanks Renee. I've brought a pair of underarm crutches now, just couldn't cope with the pain on weight bearing anymore, so thanks for that. How long did it take you to recover after surgery? I agree, I am sure something in my knee has torn.

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      Thanks E1960 for taking the time to reply. I know I was stupid to do the squats, wish I could turn back the clock! But a Physio who I was seeing for back issues advised I do them to strengthen my glutes. I'm just hoping that the damage is not irreparable. Thanks for your advice re keeping it moving. I am trying to but trying to keep off the weight bearing for now.

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    Agree.  You did something and it's not good.  Note that both MRI and x-ray may be negative (had that happen to me four times).  In all my cases, the docs scoped the knee and found the problem.  For now, stay off the knee as much as possible.  You may have done the damage already or can make it worse...no way of telling.  Find an ortho group in your area that works with your local college and professional teams.  They will be the best places to go.

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      Hi Chico Marx, thank you for taking the time to reply. I'm trying to keep it elevated as much as possible now and have brought some underarm crutches which is helping. I'm going to chase the MRI on Tuesday but not holding my breath that it's going to be done anytime soon unfortunately.

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      Gotta get a diagnosis or at least a direction from the docs.  I know what this is like...@ 69, I'm still paying the price for 45 years of hockey. Stay off the leg as much as possible.  Ice.  Voltaren Gel (RX, USA) is a great topical anti-inflammatory.

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    Help! What shall I do?

    Following on from my earlier posts, my knee is so much better (6 months after initial injury) but it's still not right. The MRI showed significant arthritis in the knee joint and torn Meniscus. I am scheduled for arthroscopy and Menisectomy in 3 weeks and am at a loss as what to do. I am walking longer distances now, maybe .5 of a mile before discomfort sets in. This is probably less that a quarter of what I usually do on a regular basis. I'm ok if I walk on the flat and up hill. If I walk on a side gradient or down hill my knee can get sore quite quickly. My knee is permanently swollen. I walk with a constant limp. Sometimes it's the discomfort that causes this, othertimes it's just the swelling. At times my knee is comfortable, other times it's stiff and sore. If I swim and do breast stroke, I have pain/soreness in my knee later in the day. What do I do? I've heard and read that if you are over 50, I'm 57, an arthroscopy can leave you worse off than pre op. I suppose I am thinking, is the torn miniscus causing my reduced mobility and soreness in my knee or is it the arthritis? Will the arthroscopy do any good or is it more likely to cause more harm? Will it get better on its own given more time seeing it has improved over the past 6 months? The surgery is on the NHS (gold dust) so I don't want to cancel and then regret and the chances of speaking to the Consultant/Surgeon before hand is pretty low unfortunately. I know no one can answer my questions but I would be so grateful for anyone's views and thank you all in anticipation.

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      I had four scopes for exactly what you're talking about plus years of Synvisc before I needed a TKR.  Relax.  Scopes are a piece of cake.  Ice, elevate, and you're back to normal in less than a week.  Easy peasy.  Deep breath............

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