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Hi new thread here. I was playing rugby when my studs got caught and I overextended my knee. I felt an instant shooting pain and there was an audible popping sound to those around me.

After about 5 minutes I felt like I could walk again, I've torn my MCL before and this hurt way less than that. I went to the trainers straight away who said it sounded like an ACL tear, but they couldn't find any instability. I've seen the doctor and they say the same thing.

I have almost no swelling, some pain within the joint and I'm tentative to push it too far... but I can't believe that I might have to go through surgery and then months of rehab! I'm scheduled for an MRI on Friday. Obviously I can't know much till I get the MRI result, but as I'm worried and fearing the worst is there any other possible explanation?


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Re: Large pop, no instability, little swelling - but an ACL tear?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 06:13:04 PM »
Twisting and popping could be a meniscus tear, but you'll need to wait for the MRI.  There is a specific test that indicates meniscus but if the doctor (GP or specialist?) did that and didn't mention it, hopefully it's not.  MRIs can be a bit unreliable for meniscus tears, false positives and negatives.  That said the two I have had have shown up, along with classic joint line pain (lots of swelling with the first traumatic one, nothing obvious with the current one)

There is going information about the meniscus and ligaments in the information hub, worth a read

If it is the ACL, surgery isn't a given, especially if the joint is stable, but it depends on your sporting expectations, age etc - again there's info on that

Good luck :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09 (lat meniscus, lat condyle defect)
LK scopes 8/2/10 & 16/12/10
RK scope 5/2/15 (menisectomy, Hoffa’s fat pad trim)
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