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Old 10-08-2018, 01:25 PM
 
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Not seeking medical advice but wanted to see if others have had similar experiences.
I have a bad knee (right one) from a bicycle accident when I was in high school and now I'm in my mid 40's ,not overweight but been doing full contact sports like kickboxing. Now my knee has been more sensitive and causes pain when I run.

Should I go see my general practice doctor or go straight to a physical therapist? I rather not go to my doctor because I have feeling it will take a few costly visits until I get referred to a specialist.

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Old 10-08-2018, 01:27 PM
 
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GP for a diagnosis
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:34 PM
 
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GP for a diagnosis
ok thx!
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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ok thx!
A proper diagnosis will make PT work more productive because they will have anatomical information to work with. Otherwise you could waste time and be in pain a lot longer through trial and error. PTs certainly know a lot but they don't have x-ray vision to see where the problem actually lies. Unintentionally someone could make the problem worse.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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I’d skip the GP and go straight to an ortho personally.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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Not seeking medical advice but wanted to see if others have had similar experiences.
I have a bad knee (right one) from a bicycle accident when I was in high school and now I'm in my mid 40's ,not overweight but been doing full contact sports like kickboxing. Now my knee has been more sensitive and causes pain when I run.

Should I go see my general practice doctor or go straight to a physical therapist? I rather not go to my doctor because I have feeling it will take a few costly visits until I get referred to a specialist.
Until you have more info, I'd be a little kinder to the knee, give it some healing room and time.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:18 PM
 
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Until you have more info, I'd be a little kinder to the knee, give it some healing room and time.
I am icing it and really taking it easy with it.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:24 PM
 
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Id skip the GP and go straight to an ortho personally.
yes, would do this
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:54 PM
 
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yes, would do this
Assuming they have insurance that allowed them to go directly to specialists, AND that the specialist will take them without a referral.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:13 PM
 
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I’d skip the GP and go straight to an ortho personally.
Or a nonoperative Sports Medicine doctor (who is a GP with additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine). Most large Ortho groups have nonoperative Sports Medicine specialists so they can serve as the gatekeepers anyway.

You're in Houston, right? Assuming they are in network, go to your local Methodist facility or a big private multi-specialty Ortho group like Fondren Orthopedic Group.
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