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Thigh muscle atrophy
irishtwins04 posted:
Several months ago, I tripped and fell directly on my right knee. It was swollen, very bruised and numb in several places.

It seemed to have gotten better, but got worse a few weeks ago. I got it checked. X-ray was normal. The main thing they noticed was that my thigh muscle in my right leg is atrophying, because I favor the other leg.

I exercise regularly, but rested for a few days after seeing the dr. I was told to not exercise if it's painful. However, how is the right leg going to get stronger if I continue to avoid using it? I've been surprised to notice that I really do let my right leg drag when using stairs, getting out of the car, etc. It does hurt if I use it.

I have a 2yr. old to chase all day, and I have really worked to maintain a regular exercise schedule. I really don't want to restrict myself for no good reason, but I don't want this to turn into a bigger problem.

Thanks for any input.
_swank_ responded:
Go back and see an orthopedic surgeon and get an MRI of your knee to make sure there's no damage. X-rays are pretty useless for seeing anything but bones. The soft tissue is damaged more often in knees. From there you'll probably get sent to a physical therapist who can show you the proper way to get your muscles back.

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