I posted on another thread earlier in the week. Now that I'm learning more I have new questions. While I look for a new doctor I could use some help. 59 year old female, 6 weeks ago I fainted and when I woke it was clear I hurt my knee. Can't say if my knee hit ceramic floor or I landed on leg.
GP sent me for an MRI it showed high grade ACL tear and micro fractures on the tibia. I went to an ortho and he downplayed my injury and said to treat it like a bad bruise. I tried asking about the ACL and he just wasn't interested and said my knee was stable. We could not look at my MRI because his computer froze.
He sent me home with the advice to do what I felt comfortable doing and use a cane. No need for further visits.
A couple of days later my knee gave out and I went down. It was quite sore after. I put a call into the ortho, he did not return my call. Yesterday, when I took a step it felt like my knee was bending inward? I put in another call and let the nurse know my previous call was not returned.
My ortho called this afternoon. I told him how my knee buckled when getting out of the pool. I think he asked me 4 times if I was using the cane in the pool. I answered him that while in the pool I had no weight on my leg at all but getting out of the pool I did have support. He then stated that when I saw him he told me I had significant damage to my knee/leg and should be very careful. I said, no, you said treat it like a bruise. He stated he showed me on the films my damage, I said, no, your computer was froze in fact you didn't want to talk about my ACL at all. I reminded him he told me my knee was stable. He did not agree with that statement. He said studies have shown patients hear only so much of what a doctor is saying. I reminded him my husband was with me and he heard what I heard.
In the end he said I did too much too soon, my knee has significant damage ? and my knee is stable? Perhaps I should buy a brace and use it. He also told me to pretty much stay off for a few weeks. No follow up needed unless I have a problem.
OK, I feel I need a second opinion. I quite confused at this point about what is wrong with my knee. While looking for a new doctor what really am I able to do? What should I not try to do? I have no clue. I read about exercises to strengthen but not sure what they are. Do ACL tears require PT?