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Diagnosed with medial meniscus

01/08/2008

Question:

back in 06 hubby had an accident at work causing lots of pain in his knee. He twisted and heard a pop when it happened. he went to the emergency room. the doctor looked at his leg and listened to his story, diagnosis was sprained possible ligament tear. Over the last year and half his leg has had a little pain but he just wrote it off as he was getting older and standing on his legs so long at work caused the to be fatiqued. One day about a month ago he began to limp the pain was ascruciated he went to his primary telling her of the accident at work in 06 and asked if it could be because of this. She referred him to a specialist. An MRI was immediately ordered and his diagnosis was medial meniscus and now an operation had to be done. The question is where the emergency room doctor did not do any kind of xray .. is it possible for this condtion to have progressed over this time frame causing this condition? should the emergency room doctor referred him to a specialist to make sure his diagnosis was right? Can an MRI tell us how old the injury is or close to? so many questions and nobody seems to have the answers i am hoping you can. Thank you

Answer:

All of your questions are good, but I think the best place to start would be to follow up with the specialist that your husband was referred to, and have your list of questions with you. He/she should be able to provide you better answers because they have the benefit of seeing all of your husband's tests and evaluating his knee. That being said, some answers might be conjecture given the length of time since the injury, but the questions are still worth asking to get their opinion.

Good Luck!

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Janine   Oman, MS, PT/ATC Janine Oman, MS, PT/ATC
Assistant Athletic Director
Instructor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University