Here is what the MRI said... The specialist receptionist mentioned 6 to 9 months before the doctor can see me. This is too long to be out of work and away from hockey, is there any way to get this poor old knee working without the Doctor going in and fixing?
Findings: The ACL is intact. There is increased signal intensity in the PCL in keeping with highgrade partial tearing. There appear to be a few intack PCL firers.
There is periligamentous edema surrounding the proximal medial collateral ligament. The proximal superficial MCL fibers demonstrate diffuse increased signal intensit with thickening and partial tearing in keeping with grade 2 MCL injury. Some intact MCL firers are visualized. The deep fibers of the medial collateral ligament are not well visualized and likely torn.
There is irregularity on the undersurface of the posterior horn and body of the medial meniscus with a possible small flap fragment flipped inferiorly into the gutter.
The lateral collateral Ligamentous complex is unremarkable. No tear of the lateral meniscus identified.
Diffuse cartilage thinning in the medial tibioferoral compartment with multifocal partial thickness defects. Diffuse patellar cartilage thinning with multifocal full thickness defects and minimal reactive marrow change marrow signal is otherwise withing normal limits,
The extensor mechanism is intact. No intraarticular bodies are identified. There is a small joint effusion. No Bakers cyst.
1. High-grade partial tear of the PCL
2. Grade 2 medial collateral ligament injury as described
3. Undersurface tear of the posterior horn and body of the medial meniscus with a possible small flap fragment fliffed inferiorly into the gutter
4. Moderate to high-grade chondromalacia patella, Multifocal moderate medial tibiofermoral compartment chondromalacia
Thats it... and the defenceman only bought me one beer after the game, I think I should ask for a few more...