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Offline emi11

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KNEE LOCKING after ACL/MENISCUS SURGERY
« on: September 25, 2016, 09:45:34 PM »
I tore my Acl 5 years ago. I thought I could live with the injury, but as I continued to play soccer, I began tearing my meniscus. Finally, a bucket handle meniscus tear caused me to go through with the surgery. I had ACL (patellar graft) reconstruction and my meniscus trimmed on July 25th. I've been going to physiotherapy 2/3 times a week and going to the gym everyday. I am getting stronger but I am walking with a heavy limp because I get a locking feeling below my kneecap, close to scars, when I flex my knee. I can go from extension to flexion just fine when sitting or not applying pressure to my leg, and I can ride the stationary bike very well. It is when I am extending my knee and then flexing while I am walking,that my knee tends to get stuck and ill have to very slowly continue the flex to unlock it. I can see the kind of pulling of my skin under my knee cap while it is stuck, then releasing, or popping out of the skin when it becomes unstuck. I brought the issue up to my surgeon during my 6 week follow up, but he did not seem concerned and told me that it was my knee cap that is getting stuck and it should go away on its own. It does not seem to be getting better, im concerned that its not my knee cap and maybe scar tissue.  If anyone has had similar experiences I would love to hear about them. 

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Re: KNEE LOCKING after ACL/MENISCUS SURGERY
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 10:30:43 PM »
Hi there
I am afraid I can't help with the questions you ask but I was interested to hear that you had ACLR 5 years on from your original injury - and following a bucket handle meniscus tear. I am waiting for ACLR 10 years after my ACL rupture.  I am only now having it because I lost a big chunk of my medial meniscus in February and decided in August to have ACLR as I don't seem to be able to get my knee stable this time round.  I am interested in whether you were worried about further meniscal damage if you did not have ACLR and/or whether you were told your knee would be less stable after losing meniscus?  I haven't found anyone who has had this sequence of events, only people who lost meniscus at the time of their ACL rupture and who had that and their ACL sorted at that time, whereas I only ruptured my ACL, coped really well without, and the meniscal loss came 10 years later.  Hope you get some answers to your question and that your knee does settle soon, sounds like you are being very diligent with your physio/rehab.
Mar 2006 ACL rupture skiing.  Bone bruise.  No ACLR - lots of rehab got me back to the hills.

Feb 2016 Medial meniscus bucket handle tear left knee, c75% removed.

ACLR (hamstring autograph) 03/17

Patellofemoral/trochlear wear in the other knee

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Re: KNEE LOCKING after ACL/MENISCUS SURGERY
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 05:18:17 AM »
My knee was very unstable from the beginning when I first tore my acl. I just learned how to cope with it and wore my brace when necessary. My knee would shift out of place on occasion but nothing really alarming until in May when I kicked a soccer ball awkwardly. My knee felt as though it shifted out of place, I could not extend my leg fully and it was painful to walk. This is when the bucket handle tear occurred. As I needed surgery for my meniscus I decided to finally fix my acl. I wish I went through with the aclr the moment I first injured myself because my knee instability caused the damage to my meniscus. My surgeon hasn't said anything about having instability with the trimming of the meniscus.

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Re: KNEE LOCKING after ACL/MENISCUS SURGERY
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 09:39:13 AM »
Hey Emi,

I know this is a bit old but I am feeling the same sensations as you explained. How did this turned for you?

Thanks,

Bernat

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Re: KNEE LOCKING after ACL/MENISCUS SURGERY
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 10:41:46 PM »
I am in a similar situation, tore my ACl 3 years ago with meniscus damage, rehabbed for a full year to get back to playing soccer. Contemplating surgery next year as continuing to play soccer is very hard on my knee and I fear I am doing fast-tracked cartilage damage by compensating for my lack of ACL.

How you doing Emi ?

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Re: KNEE LOCKING after ACL/MENISCUS SURGERY
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2018, 04:24:13 AM »
@troymcfont Did this ever resolve for you?

I just had surgery 7 weeks ago and I was ok'd to do weight bearing at 6 weeks. I am noticing knee catching/locking up going from extension to bending when I am walking.

It's really freaking me out and need to know if this will resolve by itself?