Collateral Ligaments and other non-cruciate tendons & ligaments around the knee :
MCL injury 2 years ago, Still having pain - - Posted by ddurham (ddurham), 25 August 2003
2 years ago I injured my MCL while snowboarding. Heard the pop, knew something bad had happened. Couldn't straighten the leg, mass swelling, etc. Went to the doctor, had the full exam, MRI, etc. Wore a hinge brace for 6weeks, and ultimately regained full range of motion.
Mostly, I can still do what I want, but I cannot stand up quickly from a seated position (intense pain in that area requires that I move slowly, and still with a limp when I first get up). Also, the spot on the inside of my knee is still so sore even to the touch, it's almost like a bad bruise all the time. I'm starting to wonder if perhaps there was more damage than was originally diagnosed? I think it was a grade II...
Basically I'm trying to decide if I need to revisit the doctor, or if this is normal, and I'll just have a bit of a bum knee forever.
Thanks for your input...
Posted by ATsoccergirl (ATsoccergirl), 11 September 2003
I would be concerned about the possibity of articular cartilage, mensical, or cruciate ligament damage. Do you still have any instability?
Posted by ddurham (ddurham), 11 September 2003
I wouldn't call it instability, just that pain that feels like you're stretching a rubberband almost to it's breaking point. But I can still move, exercise, etc.
I just don't know if people with old injuries just live with the pain forever...
Since my first post, I've decided to make and appt. with another orthopedist to get checked out. I am not really sure what will come of it.
Posted by jamerten (jamerten), 7 October 2003
I had an MCL injury about 8 months ago while skiing... It was a grade 2 tear without further damage to meniscus or anything else (CT scan, MRI scan not necessary I was told). I wore a brace for 6 weeks as well and went to the physiotherapist for twice a week.
I now have full control and can do whatever I want: squash, volleyball and football. I don't feel pain during or after the game. Though sometimes (changes of weather or..??) I can still feel some pain in my knee. The spot on my knee is not sore and the pain is very light but I can feel that something happened once in that knee. From what I read, your problem is worse so I would advice to go and see the doctor again!
Posted by ddurham (ddurham), 7 October 2003
Thanks Jan! I went to an orthopedist finally after all this time! He thinks my meniscus is torn. I'm waiting on the MRI results to prove it. Thanks for your response. At least I know that it's probably not my MCL that is still so sore!
Thanks for your post.
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