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Offline NoLove71

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Tore my MCL?
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:48:32 AM »
A little backround about me; I'm 18 5'10 walking around 230 now with this injury since it doesn't let me do much, let alone squat.

I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Box as well, hoping to become a fighter, that now seems iffy. I got this injury in my knee, and I don't remember how I got it. I felt no pain at all. I don't remember no popping anywhere. One day I just felt my knee really sore, and I thought it was because I was barely breaking into BJJ, as it was my third weak. I experienced all types of soreness, all the way from soreness in the ribs to cramps in my legs. It was pretty normal to me. It went by a week and I noticed the pain was the same, and the pain was getting slightly worst. I also noticed my knee was swollen. It was swollen in the right area of the center of my knee, like if you look at it from a "looking down at your knee" perspective. It was pretty swollen, I could tell easily and by others as well.

I started researching and came to the conclusion that it was an MCL injury, due to some site giving me information on the difference between and MCL injury and an ACL. Here's a timeline of the situation

November 2011- Injured knee before Thanksgiving, was experiencing pain and soreness till the end of the month. My knee locked up really bad and could not bend it.

December 2011 - Swollen knee and walking stared to become difficult. It lasted almost the whole month and I was limping and I couldn't work, I needed to work.  Knee still locked up.

January 2012 - I could walk again beggining of the month, and by the mids I was walking normally. By the end of the month the pain was also fading and my knee was feeling great. I could bend my knee now 75% better but still felt a painful sensation when stretching my knee outwards.

Feb 2012 - As of right now, I can walk and run pretty a little more. I can do things like involve my leg at a faster pace now, I can bend it inwards no problem. The problem right now is that I feel pain walking upstairs and upstairs, mostly because the squatting part I cannot do completely. It hurts to squat. Thing is, at some points in the mornings, I can walk stairs normally with no pain. The pain come and goes really.

Why I haven't seen a doctor? Unfortunately for me, I have no insurance for a doctor, and I can't afford one. Am I stupid for doing this? Yeah, but I have no other choice. I'm sure an MRI would clear up a lot of things but I can't afford it.

Also note in all this months, I have not done any rehabbing exercises, mostly because of the fear of injuring my knee again with a sole bad twist I make without being aware. Some help, feedback, advice, even consolation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time reading.

- Alan

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Re: Tore my MCL?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 07:24:42 PM »
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Offline DennisKnee

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Re: Tore my MCL?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 09:24:18 AM »
It's so sad reading posts like this when people are deprived of seeking professional medical attention because of insurance. I'm so lucky that I live in The Land Down Under!

NoLove71, what were you doing when you injured your knee Nov 11? What did the pain feel like? Is there still swelling?
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Re: Tore my MCL?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 11:26:37 AM »
Could you perhaps afford to see a physiortherapist if not a doctor?  They are often the experts in diagnosing and treating soft tissue injuries.  Are you in the US?  I don't know if you can self refer to a PT as you can here in the UK.'

Good luck :)
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Re: Tore my MCL?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 03:51:42 PM »
@DenisKnee; Quite honestly, I don't remember where I hurt my knee. I know it was during the Jiu Jitsu class, one of those that week, but I noticed until I believe Tuesday that my knee had some pain while bending and squatting. Initially, I thought it was just a knee sore, as body soreness and that class was something I was used to. By Friday I noticed the swelling and I started to worry. The pain was very sharp, even with the slightest motion of me wanting to bend my knee. I couldn't squat at all without any pain, and I was literally limping through the whole November month. At the end of December I was walking normally.

Right now, the swelling has reduced significantly. I can now see the little arch that forms on the side of my knee, something I could not do back in November and december. The swelling went about 75% down I could say.
@Vickster; Yes I live in the U.S, but even those are very expensive here, if not more than a regular doctor. The "specialist" part really adds up the money.


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Re: Tore my MCL?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 10:23:45 PM »
Really? Wow.  Here in the UK, a private assessment with a physiotherapist is around 50 (~$75) for an hour, while to see an orthopaedic surgeon privately is around 4x that at 200 - that's the difference between a therapist and a senior surgeon.  Paying privately enables you to get seen quicker and to see who you want (I think you can wait up to 18 weeks after referral for a free consult).  Primary Care is free (ok you can pay but most don't).

Good to hear things are getting better - knees can take months to heal from even a relatively minor injury (although tears of ligaments and meniscus often don't heal alone due to poor blood supplies).  Avoid impact stuff, kneeling and squatting, ice good for swelling

Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up