||[Apr. 11th, 2007|03:25 pm]
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So, we saw the orthopedist yesterday, and finally got a straight answer as to exactly what's wrong with my knee.
There's two problems - a bone bruise, and a hairline stress fracture in the tibia. Without getting into too much detail, what happened is that, when I landed on it, it bruised the bone (I landed on a part of my leg with no "padding"). Also, it probably caused a small stress fracture at the time. Now, we get small hairline fractures in our bones all the time. Usually, it's no big deal. But the bone bruise caused some fluid buildup, which got into the hairline fracture, which got bigger because it wasn't knitting, which... well, you get the idea.
The good news is, no surgery will be required to fix this - it will take care of itself if treated properly. The bad news is, in order to heal, it's going to require absolute care. It takes 4-6 weeks for the bone to begin to knit together if left alone (no further stress), then another 10-20 weeks to completely heal. The problem is, according to the orthopedist, what I've been doing is still too stressful on the joint. I need to further "unload" (his word) the knee, and avoid putting any weight on it. This is not going to be easy on me; I'm not even going to be able to stand around the kitchen and cook - something I very much enjoy doing.
After 4-6 weeks of unloading, the bone will start to knit a bit, but I'll still have to keep the weight off of it until another 10-20 weeks after that, at which point (if all goes well), it should have healed.
We're having an MRI run tomorrow to confirm the diagnosis. The x-rays won't show a hairline fracture, but an MRI (with a higher resolution) will, plus they will show the fluid build-up around the fracture that is what's causing me the pain.