I injured my knee a month ago, I have yet to see the OS, but the MRI report stated that the ACL was torn (complete to near complete disruption). Because I have yet to see the surgeon, I have been trying to figure out how to manage my pain while also strengthening my leg. I can now almost walk without a limp, and need just a few more degrees to reach full extension. I think overall, I'm doing pretty well and will be ready for surgery when the time comes.
One thing keeps happening, and I'm not sure what it is. My knee has become very noisy (crepitus?) since the injury. Anytime I flex/extend my knee, I can hear/feel a lot of crackling. The crackling itself isn't painful, but after the movement, my lateral joint line becomes very sensitive, almost like I am being burned. The area of pain is very localized and can be felt most while palpating, but it stays sore for about 10 minutes afterwards. What can this be? The ACL shouldn't be causing pain here should it?
The only other problem I'm having is severe pain (10 on a 10 pt scale) that lasts about 5 minutes after accidentally fully extending my leg- like in my sleep or when my knee buckles. The only thing I find that helps with this, is to sleep with my immobilizer on. Is this bad? I read somewhere that you shouldn't sleep with it on, but when I don't, the pain jolts me awake all night long. During the day, I have learned to be very careful to try and avoid anything from happening.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I still have 2 weeks to go before I see the OS. During that time, I really hope I don't further injure my knee...