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Hi, I am a teenage tennis player. I am in my early teens. I have been playing tennis for 3 yrs now. I also did gymnastics for about 4 yrs befor I started tennis. I am now experiencing severe soreness below my knee at my upper shin. Whenever I stand up or run or walk I experience soreness that sometimes causes my leg to collapse me to fall down :(. I have had this soreness before near the time I ended gymnastics and started tennis. But it went away for almost 2 yrs. Now its back and its worse. I have been using a heated pad on my knee. Also, I’ve been icing it. and wrapping it up with an ACE bandage. I was told by a friend that it may be growing pains but I don’t understand why I don’t grow out of it if that is the solution. Please let me know if there is a diagnosis for me. Or an exercise that I can do to help me feel better. I love tennis too much to give it up for a knee injury. Thanks


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    Dave,
    How old are you, and which sports are you presently active with? First of all, don’t listen to friends. You really need to see a Certified Athletic Trainer for an evaluation. If you are a school athlete, does your school employ an ATC? If so, go to see him. If not, you need to see an Orthopedist for an exam and diagnosis. The doctor might want to take an x-ray, which he can usually do in his office. Don’t see a pediatrician, as they will probably just wind up sending you to an orhtopedist anyway, and you will have to make a second trip. If you have a problem such as Patellar Tendonitis, you will probably be referred to a Physical Therapist for treatment and rehabilitation. Please write back to answer the questions above, and to let us know how you are doing. I would advise you to stay with using ice packs for the time being, instead of heat. Heat can worsen inflammation.

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    Hey I’ve been in the military for 3 yrs. I’m now being Medically boarded out. The first year I was in the military I noticed alot of soreness and sharp pain around the base of my knee. Doctors put it down to shin splints. 2 Yrs. later they found out through x-rays and MRI’s that I, in fact, had a torn ACL, which was almost to the point of extinction it had been ground in between my to joints for so long, and my menicus had flipped on both sides into my ACL slot. My menicus had solidified. When the docs tried to screw it back into place both sides broke off. Now I have no menicus and I’m losing my career. Do yourself a favor get it checked out. The doctors convinced me it was fine as did my friends, now look at what words can make happen.

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    Hi Helen, my left warm and swelling we are putting ice on it and it not going down Your friend, rob

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