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austro
06-13-2007, 06:32 AM
Hi,

I have had some trouble with me knee for some time, nothing major but still bothersome. I finally had an MRI and the specialist diagnosed that I had "Hoffa's fat pad entrapment" as a result of a heavy fall two years ago. It's nothing as bad as feared like damage to the patella but simply some swelling under the patella. He recommended a cortison shot against that.

I am not asking about any second opinions here. Just wondering if anyone on this board has had any experience with either this type of injury or cortisone. I'd just like to get some impressions from other people.

Thanks!

austro
06-14-2007, 01:47 AM
Nobody? Apparently, it's common in tennis players... Marius?

austro
06-14-2007, 06:26 AM
On the one hand it's good that noone seems to have had this problem, but on the other hand it leaves me short of advice...

austro
06-15-2007, 01:27 AM
Noone likes me... :-((

Nuke
06-15-2007, 03:36 AM
We like you. I just don't think it's diagnosed all that often.

TonLars
06-15-2007, 09:17 PM
Dude, use the search ability for this site, lol. Anyways, I had two cortisone shots this year in 2 different places for 2 diff injuries and they worked like a miracle for me. But it would really depend most on the type of injury, how severe, and then they say everyone responds differently to the shots.

heycal
06-16-2007, 11:22 AM
Dude, use the search ability for this site, lol. Anyways, I had two cortisone shots this year in 2 different places for 2 diff injuries and they worked like a miracle for me. But it would really depend most on the type of injury, how severe, and then they say everyone responds differently to the shots.

You're talking about your shoulder, right? What was the other injury? And how long has it been since you had the shots?

TonLars
06-16-2007, 08:24 PM
Had the shoulder (serve) shot in late November or December I think, and then the left wrist (backhand) in mid-February. Before the shots both injuries would not allow me to be able to hit those two shots. My shoulder was awful but now I can serve and play which is what matters to me, although I still have a good deal of pain when I put my arm into certain positions or when having to lift things a certain way, so I was like 30% and now I would say it is like 80%. The wrist Doesnt bother me at all now other than now and then I feel it a very tiny amount after some days of playing but it has never gotten worse or turned into something again. So for me the cortisone saved my summer of tennis and I highly recommend it.

heycal
06-16-2007, 08:52 PM
Yes, cortisone used cautiously can be a fantastic drug when it works. People around here speak of it as if it's evil and that sometimes scares people away from it unnecessarily, but your story and many others support its use for certain types of injuries.

heycal
06-18-2007, 08:42 AM
Hi,

I have had some trouble with me knee for some time, nothing major but still bothersome. I finally had an MRI and the specialist diagnosed that I had "Hoffa's fat pad entrapment" as a result of a heavy fall two years ago. It's nothing as bad as feared like damage to the patella but simply some swelling under the patella. He recommended a cortison shot against that.

I am not asking about any second opinions here. Just wondering if anyone on this board has had any experience with either this type of injury or cortisone. I'd just like to get some impressions from other people.

Thanks!

Just came across this thread again, and I must say: "Hoffa's fat pad entrapment"? Say what???

austro
06-19-2007, 02:05 AM
Thanks for the replies so far.

I have done a search before but it did not come up with anything on Hoffa. read the postings on Cortisone though.

For those wondering what the fat pad is, here is a link:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/dictionary/doku.php/f/fat-pad

It is a little pad of fat underneath the patella that eases the friction with the bone. In my case, that's where the inflammation is. Also known as "superolateral fat pad impingement".