Back in October 2009 I wrecked my bike while ramping. My PIP joint was VERY sore. In January 2010 I went to the doctor and got X-rayed. He thought I had just sprained it and told me to squeeze a tennis ball. In April I talked to the athletic trainer at school. He thought I had broken it and needed to break up the scar tissue that was causing the pain and preventing it from straightening out. So I soaked it in hot water and stretched it. After a few weeks of that my pinky was straighter, but the pain was still bad. He told me to splint it for 3 weeks. I did that and continued stretching it twice a day. In September I went to see an orthopedic surgeon. After an MRI diagnosing the torn volar plate he was confused because it should have healed itself in 4 months. He gave me a steroid shot in the joint, which didn't help at all while he got opinions from the orthos that wrote his text books. So after conferring with the other orthos he sent me to physical therapy. In December, after 3 months of pt, I had more pain, my pinky had curved over again and the swelling had increased. I was sent to a rhuematologist with no results. It has now been almost 3 years and I still have pain and swelling. I would love any ideas on why I'm not healing or what I can do to help healing. Thanks for anything you can offer.View Thread
The easiest way to do this is going to make a time line. Spring 08- pain in right knee, x-rays good, crutches for 6 weeks, knee immobilized for 4 week, MRI good, ortho said growing pains Summer 08- pain gone August 08- pain in both knees Fall 08- multiple trips to doc with no explanation for such severe and lasting pain Feb. -09 began PT, not sure what was wrong April 09- got orthotics for supposed flat feet and over pronation May 09- failed out of PT Summer 09- went to see new ortho diagnosed with Chondromalacia Patella Spring 10- saw rhuematologist, told I had bursitis Fall 11- ortho had no idea and I should just wait it out Spring 12- discovered I had high arches and that my hips don't have normal ROM during karate class I'm a 17 year old girl and have been having pain for 4 years. I have remained active in karate during this time. I have had to give up running though and I wanted to run track. E-stim, ultrasound, and ice just make things worse. I don't bother with knee braces because I don't notice a difference. I had remained hopeful up until the fall of 2011. I think it might be easier to handle if I had a firm diagnosis and hope of recovery. If anyone has any tips, ideas, experiences, or observations that would be great. I feel helpless which I can't stand. I have never heard of anyone else with such a problem which is disheartening. Anything you can suggest would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.View Thread
When I try and place my palms up and my arms are straight I can't do it. The best I can do is have my palms face each other like I'm clapping. Other people have tried to roll them over and unless I roll my whole body I can't get my palms up. This has never been a problem but I'm 17 and beginning to wonder how I will get change in a drive through window. It is also affecting my techniques in karate which is just frustrating more than anything else. What could cause such a thing? I have never broken a bone. My dad and brother have the same problem but it isn't nearly as bad for them. Has anyone ever even heard of such a thing?View Thread
I'm 16 and have had knee problems for about 3.5 years. I did pt 2 years ago. They said my feet pronated, were very flat and bunions had developed because of the way I walked. They thought that my feet were the cause my knee pain so they made me custom orthotics and we did loads of exercises. At the time you could see 3 of my toes from behind me. After about 3 months with no improvement I gave up and so did they. The latest diagnosis I had was bursitis but with something was going on too. They were supposed to be better by the time I was 16 which was last November. I wore my orthotics everyday up until the beginning of July. I was having foot pain so I stopped. The foot pain is minimal and doesn't effect me anymore as long as I don't wear my orthotics. I have noticed that my feet are flattening out again. My knees are also getting worse but they have been progressively getting worse for about a year now. They are pronating worse and my balance is way off. You can see all 5 toes from behind me. The docs don't think it is my feet causing my knee pain and I used to agree. Three physical therapists, karate instructor and now I think my feet could be causing my pain. Could my feet be to blame? How could I tell if they were? Should I push the issue at my next visit? Am I killing myself by wearing Converse with no orthotics? Sorry for the long post and abundance of questions.View Thread
I'm 16 and for 2 years I have worn the same orthotics because I have flat feet. When I walk my feet roll in and they point out really bad. Last Monday I didn't wear my orthotics because I wore sandals. I can usually go a day without them but by 2 right foot hurt really bad. So I put in my orthotics because that has always helped before but this time it didn't. It is hurting worse now. The pain is on the bottom of my foot right in my arch. Rolling a baseball under it helps until I stop. Today a dull pain started in the same place on my left. Why do my stupid feet hurt? How can I help relieve the pain besides attaching a baseball to the bottom of my foot? We really can't go get the orthotics adjusted because the place has damage from the tornado (we live in Joplin) and it hasn't opened yet.View Thread
I'm 16 and for 3 years I've been told I have adolescent anterior knee pain. Recently I went to a rheumatologist and he diagnosed bursitis. He started me on some anti-inflamitories. So far I haven't seen a difference. In a couple of weeks I go back and he wants to drain both knees and inject some cortisone. I had steroids injected into my pinky earlier this year and saw no difference. Are steroids and cortisone shots the same? What can I do to help my knees? I do karate and pretty much anything else I want and power through the pain. But by that evening I can't hardly stand. My left has started to heal I think. It hurts less and less often. It doesn't hardly ever give out. But my right is constant pain and gives out multiple times a day. It also swells like no other. Ice doesn't help and it actually makes my knees hurt to remain in the same position for more than about 2 minutes. Any advice?View Thread
Yes he did blood work and everything was normal. I had a steroid shot in my pinky at the beginning of the year and it didn't work. Since it didn't work in such a small joint should I expect it to work in a larger joint?View Thread
I'm 16 and had knee problems for 3 years now. I'm not sure what it is called but it is common in teen girls and it happens when the cartilage behind the knee cap softens. My knees have gotten progressively worse over time. Once in awhile one or the other will feel fine but the longest that has ever lasted is 2 weeks. Usually before one of my knees gives out it pops a lot or grinds first. Today going to first hour my right knee gave out without warning and almost caused me to fall. My knees give out so often I'm pretty good at keeping my balance but this time had the wall not been there I would have been on my butt in the middle of the high school. Also the other night I was walking on the treadmill (it isn't electric) just wondering how far I could walk. I made it .16 of a mile before my knee gave out. Last semester in gym I did about .75 of a mile. What is this condition called? Does this typically happen when someone has it? Does it usually last 3 years? The doctor just keeps telling me to wait it out and has been no help thus far. He hasn't even told me what it is hence my first question.View Thread
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