A little over two months ago I fell from my backyard deck onto my knee. I had severe pain and swelling and was unable to raise my leg for about three days after. I had xrays the day after it happened and my primary doc said it was a fracture. I then went the following day to an ortho doc who very boredly told me it was not a fracture, but a bipartite patella. His examination consisted of looking at the xray and touching my kneecap - the spot he touched did not hurt, but I had other pain. I was told weight bearing was fine, it was just a contusion and it would take some time to heal. On one month follow up, I told the ortho of symptoms which remained the same and some which worsened. I still had swelling at day's end, intermittent sharp pains, I could not squat without terrible pain, my knee was popping outward when I walked, and my knee was "giving out" at times. I had to call the doctor back into the room three times to get him to listen to my symptoms because he was so certain it was nothing but a bipartite patella. (NOTE: I had my opposite knee xrayed, and it is not bipartite). He grudgingly agreed to an MRI, but not physical therapy (called it "a lot of hoo ha"...). The MRI was read as no ligament or cartilage damage, and the patella was either fractured or bipartite. So, back where I started. Now, over two months later, I still have the same symptoms (intermittent swelling, terrible aching by day's end, intermittent sharp pains, knee wanting to turn outward when I walk, difficulty going down stairs, intense pain when I squat, and knee buckling).
Any thoughts from anyone? I am going to another ortho for a second opinion, but my fear is that, because the doctors are in the same medical group, they will simply agree with the original diagnosis. What can I ask for, or tell them, that might get them to figure out what's wrong? I am at wit's end because no one seems to care and this had severely disrupted my active lifestyle. Even just any similar stories would be helpful...Thanks
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