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Offline Figo

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MCL injury with locking
« on: July 28, 2016, 11:20:51 PM »
Hi all,

I had a rugby injury one week ago where I damaged my MCL, the extent of the damage is yet to be determined, but it doesn't feel good at all (tenderness, instability, tweeking pains). I have been given a knee brace and am dependant on crutches which is helping with the sharp pains. The strange thing is, apart from these sharp pains that catch me out every now and again I am pretty much in no pain. What I have noticed (and this is the bit I want some advice on) is that I am hardly able to bend my leg at all, maybe 15 to 20 degrees, but I am not being stopped by the pain, I am just being stopped by something else? I was wondering if this sounds like cartilage damage also? Or do you just get these symptoms with MCL tears?

I have my MRI in a week, but am really eager to know if anyone has experienced this before?

Thanks in advance,

Andy

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Re: MCL injury with locking
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2016, 09:13:17 AM »
Well this forum is a waste of time

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Re: MCL injury with locking
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2016, 09:34:56 AM »
Maybe no one has had the same issue and thus cannot answer your direct question? :)

However, your injury is very fresh, swelling restricts ROM. Knee injuries require time and patient rehab, I think MCL injuries can take months to fully resolve not days or weeks. Presumably you are icing the knee several times a day and using an anti inflammatory to reduce swelling?

Get the MRI, see what an expert knee surgeon says. A week isn't long to wait at all. There are some very specific manual tests for a doctor or physio to use to check for meniscus tears? Did the specialist do these during examination?

A meniscus tear is more likely to restrict straightening not bending, certainly the case with mine.

Good luck
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Re: MCL injury with locking
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2016, 09:55:17 AM »
Thanks for the response, the doc never really did many tests because of the swelling, but I still can't bend my knee even after a few days now and the swelling has massively reduced.. Only iced for the first 3 days, and not on any pain relief for a few days now.. Should I still be icing?

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Re: MCL injury with locking
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2016, 10:08:10 AM »
 Yes, carry on icing. 15-20 minutes, cloth between pack and skin always

Are you seeing a knee specialist after the MRI?
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Re: MCL injury with locking
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2016, 10:20:13 AM »
What you are describing, Figo, is 'catching' and 'locking' - pretty classical signs of something obstructing the joint. From the description of your injury it could be a bucket handle tear of the meniscus. If this is indeed so, then it needs to be reduced back to the normal position, and then you might have to have a procedure called a meniscal repair, although it is possible that the meniscus can heal on its own.

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Re: MCL injury with locking
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2016, 03:02:06 PM »
Thanks all, yes I am seeing a knee specialist after the MRI or at least a surgeon.. Is it common that the restriction in movement of my knee has no pain? I would have though it would be painful?