Scary Incident Last Evening
December 30, 2017 9:17am CST
I was putting something away in a large walk in closet we have in our family room. It is where my husband stores everything. I had to reach across somethings he had on the floor to get to the shelving unit. Somehow I shifted my weight on my legs. Suddenly, my right knee gave out, this has never happened before. I actually fell onto the floor. There is a layer of carpet on the floor but this is a basement so it is concrete underneath. I just sat there for a minute to see if any part of me was actually hurt. My elbow hurt a little, I must have banged it on the door frame but other than that I seemed to be okay. I waited a minute before trying to stand up, with the bad knees getting from the floor to a standing position requires putting the knees on the floor which is rather painful. I am fine this morning but my knee is still sore and I read up about it. I guess it is not uncommon for someone like me with no cartiledge to have a knee collapse like that and it can result in instability. Oh great, considering how much running around I do all the time I need to be stable on my feet. Hopefully this won't become an every day occurance but I am going to be more careful to make sure I don't put too much pressure on that knee and I need to concentrate on making my thigh muscles stronger to support it. I will say that falling when you are 67 is a bit of a scary moment and I guess I am lucky more wasn't hurt. Do you have any stability issues and what have you done to help?
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• United States
I do at times. But I took care of a woman that was in her 90`s with the same problems as you and what I taught her to do was always use something to hold onto while walking so if she feels the pain in the leg to stop. She hot one of the walkers with a seat on it, worked like magic! While shopping in the grocery store she used the cart. She passed away at 93 and was still walking on thos bad knees. How about getting the surgery? She wanted to but they told her she was to old and the risk was to high that she would not wake up.
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• Holiday, Florida
oh i have lot of that. my leg just collapsed the first time 3 yrs. ago and scared me so bad. my daughter keeps telling me to use my walker, which is nice but i don't always feel like grabbing it when i am in a hurry to go to the bathroom, etc. i hope your gets stronger. i hear it is good to exercise some parts.
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• United States
I injured by left knee in high school gymnastics. If my knee acts up I wear a knee brace. Wearing a knee brace will keep the knee in place so that it can heal. Also, the knee brace prevents the knee from popping out of place.
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Oh that sounds so scary! I'm glad that you were able to manage to get yourself up again. I don't suffer from bad knees, but I do have a herniated disc that will cause me havoc once in a while when it pops out and sits on my siatic nerve. I hope that the knee feels better as the day goes on, maybe a bit of either ice or heat will help you.
• Jacksonville, Florida
My younger sister always had knee trouble and had 2 surgeries but even with that they still go out on her now and then. Thank God my one knee only goes out very rarely. I'm sorry you fell and I hope something can be done to prevent it from happening again.
• Lucknow, India
This can happen to anyone if wrong pressure is applied on knees.. and yeah you are lucky that u din get hurt that much... Till it is sore, try to keep it straight everytime u r on the bed and make sure u don't bend it... Everyday when u get up just try to touch your toes with your fingers without bending the knees, it will stretch your muscles and will prevent such sudden collapses...
My knees have been bad for years now due to past sports injuries. I wear a knee sleeve when I need to do bending activities like gardening. The support definitely is helpful and keeps me from aggravating them. That is a good idea about strengthening your supporting muscles like your thighs.
@BelleStarr That should be helpful. There are over the counter pills which supposedly help? My neighbor who also has no knee cartilage and received a shot of fluid into his knee to provide cushioning for the joint. Unfortunately it only last 6 months.
I suffer from an affliction which is called 'drop attack'. It can happen that I'm standing and the next second sit on the ground or floor. It doesn't occur often but always out of the blue. I'm frightened that it can happen when I'm crossing the street. I don't lose consciousness which is important. So it has nothing to do with epilepsy. I was checked thoroughly in hospital but with the result that nothing can be done. It seems to be caused by a problem in the upper spine. From the net: "Drop attacks are sudden spontaneous falls while standing or walking, with complete recovery in seconds or minutes. There is usually no recognized loss of consciousness, and the event is remembered. It is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and it can have diverse causes."
@BelleStarr Definitely. I try to always be near a wall or a fence or something else which I can grab. Yet, I have to cross a park when I go to the town centre and there are some paths without anything to grab. But then, it wouldn't help me much anyway because the falling down happens so quickly. It's preceded by a very short dizziness. Once I was in the garden of our house chatting with three women. They were sitting, I was standing. Suddenly, in mid-sentence, I found myself on the ground. I didn't hurt myself, but I was shocked, of course. The women were nearly as shocked as I was.
• Bunbury, Australia
I have fallen over a few times and am always mindful of my age and how I don't really need a broken hip. I really need to build up my leg muscles too. Sometimes i go out on the steps and just step up then step back (backwards), up and down till my legs start to feel tired. Not sure if it will help but hopefully it might.
• Portland, Connecticut
My daughter is very much into exercise and she suggested squats and also leaning back against the wall with your knees bent and lowering yourself until you feel it then sliding back up and then back down and that works the quadriceps. It is an exercise I think I can easily do and I suspect so can you.
How scary. Glad to hear you were not hurt any worse. I have one bad knee that I hurt some time ago and it gives out every now and then. I am just careful with it. I try not to put my whole weight on it or step down with that knee first. I hope it wont give you anymore problems.
I should have taken my own advice. Shortly after I wrote this I went for a walk and I went step down off a step of steps. The bottom step was quite high and not thinking I stepped down with my bad knee and it went out on me. Now it is all swollen. It will probably be like that for a few days.
• Alicante, Spain
I have a knee problem... and sometimes wear one of tbose wrap around, breathable , neoprane knee supports.. I also do some leg exercises using light weights, which strenghthen the knee muscles and other leg muscles to improve general stability... I hope your knee feels better soon
• Gainesville, Florida
Due to many years of playing in organized basketball leagues, and long-distance/cross-country running, my poor knees have taken a beating. For the past two years I have been rehabbing knee injuries (first on my right, then on my left knee), and I am now finally getting back to normal. But my doctor and rehab therapist said I have to be careful because my knees could suddenly give out on me. I lead a very active lifestyle, so it's not something I look forward to. I've had them buckle under me a few times, but not bad enough where I've gone down. But I know one of those days inevitably will come. I take the stairs every day to go up and down to my office on the 3rd floor at work, and I'm always afraid that my knees will give out on me going down the stairs. That wouldn't be a fun fall at all! lol Happy New Year!
• Portland, Connecticut
That is what my daughter is concerned about, she sees more injuries from knee on stairs than anywhere else and she told me that likely I would injure my shoulder severely if I tried to grab onto the rail to stop a fall!!