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I re-injured my knee a month ago, and the innitial feeling was pain on the inside lateral area of my knee, just inside the kneecap. There was immediate swelling, and a feeling that my knee could "catch" if I walked or turned it the wrong way. I contunued skiing on it another couple hours tho, not knowing it was that bad.
I had "routine" xrays done a couple weeks ago, which appeared normal and the Doc thought I had just sprained my MCL and potentially a small tear of my medial meniscus. I was given the option of giving it some time to heal, or have an MRI to find out more information. I chose to have an MRI done, and it revealed a full torn ACL, as well as complex tearing of the medial meniscus, and a piece of cartilage chipped as well.:(
I, like you, felt this weird feeling in my knee, that there was something floating about.....pieces of my unstable meniscus probably. I can't completely extend my knee either, and that is something the surgeon and my Phy therapist have me working on BEFORE surgery. I can walk normal,with effort, and bare wieght on my leg, although going down stairs is somewhat difficult. I don't experience pain as much as I'm experiencing swelling and tightness in the joint, making extension and complete flexing impossible. We learned that I most likely tore my ACL last Feb in bad fall jumping( I heard and felt it "pop" and had a feeling of instability), but it went undiagnosed because an MRI was not recommended at that time. For that reason, my knee has been unstable for almost a year, causing micro tears in the meniscus and the chipping away of bits of cartilage(arthritis). I"ve been told I'll be on crutches for up to 3 weeks after surgery(no driving) and I won't be able to ski for 8-9 months. The meniscus is rather delicate, and it need lots of time to regenrate and repair, not to mention a new ACL.