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I injured my knee playing football

I injured my knee playing football suddenly changing direction and putting all mynweight through my left knee. There was no popping sound or snapping i have previously had acl surgery on my right knee and there was an obvious snap on that occasion.

I have seen 2 seperate physios and they are unable to give me a definite diagnosis but believe it to be either meniscus damage or bursitis. They have done tests and there are no obvious signs of meniscus damage.

The pain is at the back of the knee and down the outside and is moat painful when striking a football fully extending the knee out.

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The answer

Dear Ashley,

We are sorry to hear that you have injured your knee during football. You say that you have already obtained opinions from two physiotherapists, which is excellent news, however we are sorry to hear there has not yet been an agreed consensus regarding a diagnosis.

It may be a good idea to now take these two opinions to your GP to discuss further management. When presented with the information, your GP may refer you to a specialist for further treatment or investigation. For example in the case of bursitis your GP may wish to refer you to a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon depending on the treatment they deem appropriate.

If you have private medical insurance then it is worth checking your policy to understand what you are covered for. Assuming a referral was covered all you would need to do is contact your provider after the GP issues you with a referral letter to see a specialist. Your treatment could then be authorised to allow you to proceed privately.

We hope that it goes well with your GP and that you soon have a management plan in place to bring your knee back into good health.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses