What's Up Doc - Sports Injury

18 June 2015

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.

Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.

This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on Wednesday, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.

Read the response by Mr John Campbell, consultant orthopaedic surgeon:


While I was playing football around a week ago I twisted my leg and have found bending my knee has become quite painful. I thought it might go away at first but it’s now starting to worry me. Do you have any advice on how I can treat this problem? Thanks. Peter, Crawley

Mr Campbell's response:

Many football knee injuries simply result in soft tissue strains which progressively settle over about six weeks.  However, if the knee has become swollen and has not settled over two weeks, medical advice should be sought.  The commonest cause of continued pain following a twisting injury is damage to the menisci (cartilages) which sometimes need surgical treatment.  I would advise that if the knee is still causing you significant problems by three weeks from the injury, that you should see a Knee Orthopaedic Specialist with a view to an MRI scan to accurately show whether the injury will settle spontaneously or needs further treatment.

Do you need an appointment?

Mr John Campbell, consultant orthopaedic surgeon offers appointments at Spire Gatwick Park on Tuesdays & Fridays. To book an appointment call 01293 778 906 or email  info@spiregatwick.com.

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