Hi all! After snooping on this site for the last ten weeks, I've grown frustrated enough with my situation that I am ready to post.
I tore my MCL in early July, on a slip and slide (sad but true) at my nephew's birthday party. I had the genius idea of going down the slide with my husband, and we had a fairly violent collision at the bottom. I heard the pop, felt the pain, and managed to get an MRI about a week later that revealed the tear. Both meniscus were fine. I did have a bone bruise, however, and the MRI also showed chondromalacia patella which -- at the time -- I chalked up to being a runner. My ortho at the time was very blase about the whole thing, and did not order any PT. I did get good range of motion back quickly in terms of bending my leg, but what has been much slower in coming is my inability to fully straighten my leg. I still cannot straighten my leg to a 'locked' position, ten weeks later. My new ortho wants me to do three weeks of PT before he will scope the knee, and at my session today I had a new therapist who on a whim taped my knee, where the tape (just one strip, about five inches long) starts in the middle of my kneecap and basically is pulling my kneecap towards my inner leg. It was INSTANTLY better. Like, it feels like a borderline normal knee. She said that my kneecap wasn't 'tracking' ... my question is, is this normal following an MCL tear? And how does one get their knee tracking again?
The tape is clearly a short-term fix...I'm just curious about what the long-term fix would be.