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Old 05-30-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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I already went to my PCP and saw a orthopedic specialist. Honestly I didn't have much confidence with the ortho doctor I picked. He didn't seem to fully understand the pain I'm experiencing (sport injury) and prescribed a knee brace then micro surgery. So I'm not sure what should be my next step. Should I visit a sport medicine doctor and get a second opinion? I rather not get surgery as the MRI on the knee doesn't show any tears.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I already went to my PCP and saw a orthopedic specialist. Honestly I didn't have much confidence with the ortho doctor I picked. He didn't seem to fully understand the pain I'm experiencing (sport injury) and prescribed a knee brace then micro surgery. So I'm not sure what should be my next step. Should I visit a sport medicine doctor and get a second opinion? I rather not get surgery as the MRI on the knee doesn't show any tears.
If you don't have confidence in the doctor you saw, see another one. I'm sure he understands you are in pain, but pain is subjective, and doesn't always correlate to Imaging or physical exam. People sometimes greatly overstate (or understate) it. As far as Sports Medicine vs a Surgeon, that's up to you. Sports Med can be very helpful, but if you end up needing surgery, you'll obviously need to start anew and see a surgeon.

Also, are you still in Houston, or have you relocated? Just curious.

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Old 05-30-2019, 10:56 AM
 
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If you don't have confidence in the doctor you saw, see another one. I'm sure he understands you are in pain, but pain is subjective, and doesn't always correlate to Imaging or physical exam. People sometimes greatly overstate (or understate) it. As far as Sports Medicine vs a Surgeon, that's up to you. Sports Med can be very helpful, but if you end up needing surgery, you'll obviously need to start anew and see a surgeon.

Also, are you still in Houston, or have you relocated? Just curious.
Still in Houston. No hurry to relocate.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I already went to my PCP and saw a orthopedic specialist. Honestly I didn't have much confidence with the ortho doctor I picked. He didn't seem to fully understand the pain I'm experiencing (sport injury) and prescribed a knee brace then micro surgery. So I'm not sure what should be my next step. Should I visit a sport medicine doctor and get a second opinion? I rather not get surgery as the MRI on the knee doesn't show any tears.
So what was the diagnosis? And how old are you? Seems odd that he wold do surgery for a strained ligament.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Still in Houston. No hurry to relocate.
Then considering the largest Medical Center in the world is here, you have almost unlimited options. I don't know what part of town you are in, but I would recommend seeing someone with either Houston Methodist, Fondren Orthopedic Group or Texas Orthopedic Hospital. And you don't need to go all the way into the Med Center, Methodist has multiple hospitals around town and Fondren has many clinic locations as well and you can see doctors at one location, and get your imaging and testing done at another, which is convenient. Of course, if the Med Center is close to where you live and you enjoy driving around with tens of thousands of other people looking for overpriced parking, you should go there
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:26 AM
 
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Then considering the largest Medical Center in the world is here, you have almost unlimited options. I don't know what part of town you are in, but I would recommend seeing someone with either Houston Methodist, Fondren Orthopedic Group or Texas Orthopedic Hospital. And you don't need to go all the way into the Med Center, Methodist has multiple hospitals around town and Fondren has many clinic locations as well and you can see doctors at one location, and get your imaging and testing done at another, which is convenient. Of course, if the Med Center is close to where you live and you enjoy driving around with tens of thousands of other people looking for overpriced parking, you should go there
Thank you for the tip!
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Please don't rush to replacement surgery, it should be LAST resort when we get to resorts. If you have ligament issues, PRP and regular Prolotherapy are very helpful for many. We have a lot of threads here on Prolo work. I'm doing everything in my power to keep this 80 yr old knee working and walking. But you are probably a lot younger and there is so much to try. I'm back to D.O. osteopathic work and it helps all my joints. In my history of all this, the "need" for surgery is so overstated and overdone.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I already went to my PCP and saw a orthopedic specialist. Honestly I didn't have much confidence with the ortho doctor I picked. He didn't seem to fully understand the pain I'm experiencing (sport injury) and prescribed a knee brace then micro surgery. So I'm not sure what should be my next step. Should I visit a sport medicine doctor and get a second opinion? I rather not get surgery as the MRI on the knee doesn't show any tears.


Yes, second op with sports injury ortho MD.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:44 PM
 
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As stated above, 2nd opinion with Sports Ortho specializing in knees is your best bet. You are lucky to be in Houston (ask around to find best knee specialist)


Don't go the experimental route with fads like PRP, stem cell or prolo (sugar water) unless your Ortho has a long and successful record with experimental cures that are not covered by insurance
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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PRP is not a fad and used worldwide for decades, we've talked about this so much and so many here just want to knock it down. It was thrown under the bus in the U.S. to push for surgeries. And they are so invasive. I attest to that one.

OP: The body can do a lot of healing on it's own and just remember surgery can't be reversed..once done, that's it. Many live with pins, screws, metals, plastic. If that can be avoided more power to our bodies. Of course, emergency work is another story.

You talk about sports med MD, that type MD was the one to give me my first Prolo in shoulder over 10 yrs ago and it gave me 3 yrs of pain free issues.
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