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Offline Deucetre33

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torn ligaments?
« on: July 10, 2005, 11:53:16 PM »
about a year ago around this I was playing basketball and jumped and came down and twisted my knee and heard a few pops, and I couldn't even stand on it for a good 2 weeks. tried playing basketball again after three weeks. still couldn't do it I heard a simple pop again and it took me out couldn't walk for a good 10-15 minutes then I was ok againa nd sat out. I went to the doctor about 3-4 months later and he x-rayed my knee and said that he didnt find any torn ligaments or anything and said I juss probabley "hyper extended my knee" and said that I should sit out a month. so I didn't play or workout for a month. then start playing basketball again and it popped again and I was sidelined.this injury is on my left knee on the left side. if I move it back and forth it pops a lil. I haven't really been working out much I juss don't know whats wrong. and my knees are very important to me and basketball. its like I can't make certain cuts. if I hold something a lil heavy. my leg will begin to shake. I don't know wether I juss need to go to a few other doctors and maybe seek surgery or try working it out and see if I can get it back 100%. I can jump and even dunk with this, but I cannot land at all on it or it will juss easily twist again. please any help would be greatly appreciated thank you
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Re: torn ligaments?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2005, 03:54:46 AM »
I'd suggest going to an orthopaedic and getting that knee rechecked. An MRI would be better for seeing if there are any torn ligaments in your knee. Your knee shouldn't take that long to heal if it was just a hyper extended knee. Go to a doctor that specializes in sports med (if possible). They are your best chance at getting back on the court ASAP
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Re: torn ligaments?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2005, 04:01:42 AM »
I agree with softball girl.  Not sure what type of xray you had, but a standard x ray wont pick up soft tissue damage such as a torn ligament.  My Sports dr said that a hyperextension of the knee nearly always damages the ACL.... I hyperextended my knee in december last year..... I slipped and felt/heard a pop on the lateral side of my knee, couldnt walk for a day or two.  I was a rare case where the knee didnt swell much, and I had little pain.... but I've since had an ACL reconstruction (in early May) because my knee was very unstable and the ACL is responsible for knee stability.  

It sounds like you are experiencing some of the symptoms that I did..... I couldnt carry anything heavy otherwise my knee would buckle, and I couldnt run, cut etc without buckling.  Even shifting my weight from one leg to the other would cause it to buckle.  If you want to return to sport.... l'd recommend finding a sports dr or and OS that specialises in knees and get it looked at again.  They can do some simple tests such as the Lachmans, Pivot and drawer tests that will give them an indication of what you've damaged and make a decision from there.  Id see some one who specialises in knees because I messed about with local normal drs and they assumed that becasue I had no swelling that I'd done no damage.... it wasnt until I saw a sports dr that my problem was immediately diagnosed..... and diagnosed correctly.    

Torn ACL December 04
ACL Reco May 05
Cleared to return to sport May 06