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ACL / MCL / Meniscus - differing opinions
« on: May 22, 2014, 09:18:21 PM »

I injured my knee about a month ago now after planting and doing a sharp turn.  I heard a crunch and my leg felt like it had pretty  fallen off.  I was unable to walk off the field or for several days after. I had almost immeadiate swelling which still has not gone completely and in the following daysbruising pretty much down the entire leg. As of now I can walk, but cant fully straighten or bend much past 90 degrees.

In the wait to see someone at the NHS I've seen a physio a few times now  -  a guy with a very good reputation, who has worked for various football clubs etc -  and he's of the opinion I only had a very minor acl tear which didn't warrant surgery.   He believes i suffered more of an mcl tear and possible meniscus damage.

I finally saw an NHS knee specialist this past Monday and after doing the various pivot & shift tests he was pretty certain right off the bat that I needed acl reconstruction,  and didn't even feel the need to do an MRI to confirm things.  He mentioned the mcl being damaged as well, but nothing about the meniscus or anything else significant.   

Do you think I should get a third opinion?   Or maybe just go back to the specialist and voice my concerns, asking for an MRI?    Would they tidy up anything else when doing the acl? Or do I risk the chance of a wasted surgery if they just go for the ACL - which might not be that bad anyway?

 I know some may ask what does the physio know compared to a knee specialist, but he's had a lot of experience of similar injuries and he must have done the same various test's several times . So I'm just not sure what to think.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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