This question was answered on Thu 30, Sep 2010 09:55am by Dr. Srivastava

Fall Injury to my knee. Numbness and severe burning in area just right of the bruising.

Asked by riverswebb7 (Female; 36; UNITED STATES; No sickness nor disease. I'm healthy.; Relevant drugs:None ) on Thu 30, Sep 2010 08:48am
Priced at $19.00

On Sunday I fell off of a concrete porch step and face-planted onto the sidewalk. When I stood up there was a significant dent in my right shin just below my knee. It immediately swelled up into a goose-egg. By Monday it was a purple bruise going down my shin and around the left area of my calf. By Tuesday night I started to notice a searing pain would shoot through the area just right of the injury if I stand or walk for more than 5 minutes or so. By Wednesday the area just right of my bruising was completely numb - no feeling whatsoever. Not the whole side of my leg, but a good 4-5 inch square to the immediate right of the bruising on my shin. This morning it's still numb but the searing burn is pretty constant. It doesn't get severe unless I stand or walk for a while. But it's there.... Does this sound like a fracture? Or does it sound like nerve injury...? And if so... will it heal on it's own? What should I do to get the feeling back? The swelling isn't very noticeable now... but I guess it's still there.

 Download (image/jpeg)
Actions: | Forward |



Security code
Enter the text as shown above

E-Mail me when someone replies to this post
Answer by Dr. Srivastava  on Thu 30, Sep 2010 09:55am:

Hi, Welcome to AMD Site. First, I would like to let you know that knee is quite sensitive structure and more prone for injury after such falls. Usually, in a weight-bearing twisting maneuver or falls & in leg games such as football, most likely the meniscus (knee structure that helps in bearing weight) or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may be torn. The key symptom after the injury is a locked knee which can not be straightened especially if one has been sitting with bent knees. Besides it can be suddenly locked on twisting and then becomes unlocked with an audible click. Another symptom may be feeling of pain and swelling (Nonspecific soft tissue edema in your MRI) at the knee after it has been overloaded. Therefore, immediate consultation of an orthopedician is required. He or she would like to first clinically examine the condition and order some investigations such as MRI and X-ray to evaluate possibilities of fracture (since it is below knee), dislocation or sprain in the knee therefore pain and numbness could arise. If there is injury to the knee, it is possible that more than one of the knee structures also might be injured at the same time which a doctor can diagnose only after examining you or through MRI & arthroscopy. If it is a meniscal or ligament injury, then it is essential to get them treated because then articular cartilage (other knee structure) would be too heavily loaded and could also be damaged. There is no standard treatment of meniscus or ligament tears. However doctor tries to save as much of the structures as possible, which can be assessed only by the diagnostic procedure arthroscopy. 1. If there is only a minor tear in the meniscus or ligament, it may be enough to smooth it out a little, or even to do nothing at all. 2. If there is a major tear, the torn portion is usually removed arthroscopically. 3. If there is a split in between the meniscus, it is possible to stitch it arthroscopically. 4. If a portion of meniscus is damaged & needs to be removed (by a procedure called partial menisectomy), the patient can walk again as normal. If doctors decide that meniscus to be repaired, they would like to limit weight-bearing for 3 weeks and it will take six weeks before a full range of movement is achieved. In the meantime just avoid excessive movement of the knee, apply ice and keep it elevated. I hope this will resolve your query. Please do keep us posted for your additional doubts. Take Care & Regards.

If you find the site useful, please consider making a donation.  Click the button to donate.   

Please rate my answer (select the stars, no need to log in.)  


Comment by Jen Webb on Thu 30, Sep 2010 10:35am:
I guess I'm confused by this answer. Are you saying the numbness is being caused by one of these conditions? Or that you can't say from the information given?

Comment by drsrivastava on Thu 30, Sep 2010 11:12am:
Hi, Thank you for your question. Usually with such knee injuries there is associated nerve injury that causes numbess symptoms. Besides pain and swelling can be accompained with the injury leading to fracture or ligament tear. To know the precise diagnosis here certain investigations like MRI would be required. Hence I would suggest to consult an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. I hope it helps.

Comment by Dr Anku Sharma on Thu 30, Sep 2010 01:42pm:

Comment by Jen Webb on Thu 30, Sep 2010 09:57pm:
Well I went to the emergency room tonight to see a Dr. They took xrays and decided that nothing is broken. But I've crushed a nerve in my leg. The Dr. actually said that the feeling in my calf probably will not come back and that there isn't anything they can do to even help the healing. I'm really depressed right now. I asked him if he was serious that the feeling would just never come back and he said that in cases with crushed nerves it's to be expected. Awesome. So my leg will be like this for the rest of my life. ...awesome. Anyway.. thanks for your help and guidance. Now I wish I really did just break it. But thank you both anyway. :

This question is open for comments.  Please share your opinion.




Security code
Enter the text as shown above

E-Mail me when someone replies to this post

What users are searching right now on Ask Medical Doctor:
Swollen pee pee     wbccount120ana140speckledfatigueandheadaches     dysmenorrhea     midsectionct     dr harkiran kaur sandhu     stage 2 high blood pressure medication     asthma13852     itchy     defineleukocytosis     haptitse b     ecsema treatmebts     whywouldanendocrinologistwantanultrasoundofthestomach     infa     ABOR     bitten on penis     Vagifem vaginal tabs and vaginal infection     is there another alternative to lexapro     hellodoctoriam25yearsoldandiamexperiencingdiffer     TURPBLOODCLOTSBLEEDINGafter2weekssincetheprocedur     thyroid mass thyriod cyst     arrector pili     When can a smoker smoke again after getting their wisdom teeth extracted     what causes your uterus to hurt when you touch it     birthcontrolandpossiblehormoneimbalance11475     DJDchondromalacia     swollen calves ankles knee pain     peshaab ke qatre     sex blood discharge     worms     haemorrhoids     BACKUP     menarche     Disney videos     Does SUprax affect Birth control pills     obgyonmeaning     rattlin in chest     what if my vision is dim and i feel liteheaded     bawaserkailaj     right rib stitch     injecting meth and missed the vein     useofhatric     poppingrib     getting pain under my diagram     sharppinching     antisperms antibodies     inoticedblood     safe frequency of masterbeat     Nuva ring     liver enzymes low     diabetic     is it possible for someone to be diagnosed with hiv but when they take blood to check viral they said the virus is asleep     redness of jadelle     whatiscarcinoid     differenttermsforbreastlumps     asality     back20pain     feeling like i want to commint sucide     kidney infection     Search for answers hastmethuse hot nucshan     which tens machines     dr20sheetal20kaul20halitosis     difficult swallowing     fluttering in diaphram     suddenprehypertension70012     how to remove black patches on cheeks     gall bladder symptoms     highHRduringexercise12449     side effects of trisequence     how long do insides hurt after having anal sex     pain in top left abdomen     rabiesinfection     white20pathces     leg burn     doughnut shaped cusions availability in delhi     Painful     different types of prosthetic arms     effectsofmastibution     fluidinthegroin     Is mastribution good for boys at the age of 16     brachial     whatdoseitmeanwhenyour     Is it safe to take birth control pills with claritine     stomach sack spasm     genital herpes     4or5daysagobfcrushedandsnorted     ihaveared     aftertakingmisoprostwhenbleedingwillstart     lithium level     My wife is 32 weeks pregnant Ultrasound report Fetal urinal bleddar distended     potts     Search20for20answersHow20play20with20youur20penis20when20you20have20boner     clots     how to describe coordination     Myr     Broken arm infected cast     peritolvideos     whatdiseaseiswithpalpitationbackpainadizziness     Searchforanswerssorespotontesticle     bawa sirkailaj83033     Web md     Ih     rightribdiscomfort     leftsideabdominalyellowdiarrhea     Vocal cords     what is pyogenic granulome     white patches on forehead     how do i register for free i am having trouble     theorganismthatcausemononucleosisis     CanItakephenterminewithmorphine     Full bladder feeling     How to reduse under eye puffiness     congenital     lipoma     throbbing pain in right side of face from jaw to temple     vaginafat     vascular malformations     varicocelecancer     persistent posterobasal forces right axis     multiplemyeloma     Can you drink while taking metronidazole     the pill and antibiotics     havebeenhavingpersistentchestpain     setioussinus     rectal cancer symptoms     my feet fill like there pins in them hurts to walk now my hand fulling to sleep and fingets     impreg14weeksmyrestingheartrate     POST TRAUMATIC     my daughter is 20 mnths old she had fever two days back tdy there are some red spots in her body my doctor adviced to take dengu igm and platelet count test and the result is negative for igm and platelet count is 95000 is there any pblm     canigargletcpwhenpregnant     dysfunctional uterine bleeding     an inflammation of the scrotum is called     Am I allergic to alcohol     anuerisma     Sex vachikalama     MyBHCGbis2975253mlUmlhowmanyweeksiampregnant     svyaz     enlargedliverand     MoodSwingsAggressionTakingZoloftfordepressionandNo     BreastcancerPuckeringanddimplingofskinonbothbreas     foamy semen     monoclonal     Nopregnancymissedperiodirregularp     Hi Basically Ive had a bit of a nightmare regarding chest paincough Ive had a cough since January which will just not go away I visited my GP who gave me a brown inhaler which did nothing I then went back and had a chest xray and blood tests     Recurringbladderinfectionappa     bleedingduringintercourse     Whatislicoriya     how much calcium and calcirol be given in spondylosis     soar tong     Why is the implantation of foreign materials into the patients body a cause for concern for the surgical team     Whatsthenameofthediseasethatmomsgivebabys     

©2011 - Ask Medical Doctor  |  All Rights Reserved
The site is not a replacement for professional medical opinion, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your medical doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to existing treatment. Do not delay seeking or disregard medical advice based on information written by any author on this site. No health questions and information on AskMedicalDoctor is regulated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore the information should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor. Posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or editorial staff and hence AskMedicalDoctor and its principals will accept no liabilities or responsibilities for the statements made.

Home | Terms & Conditions | Contact Us | Frequently Asked Questions | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Advertise with us