Hi there I am 17 years old and an avid skier and soccer player. My problems all began when I was in soccer practice and tore my ACL and MCL. My MCL healed on its own and I had my ACL reconstructed in November of 2009. The surgery went well, no complications it took me a while to get rid of the swelling and to get full range of motion. I had comstant pain in the back of my knee whenever I extened my leg. 7 months later (June 2010) my medial plica inflammed and had to be removed. Woke up no complications and still had that pain in the back of my leg. I tried to return to my full athletic ability but my first game back my knee gave out and that put my season on hold for 3 weeks. I was told I had a severe bone bruise and sprained my MCL. I went back to play and ended up having so much pain it was difficult to hide from the coaching staff. My OS ended up surprising me at one of my games; took one look at my knee and shut me down for the season. I went and got an MRI and he said it all looked fine, and said he wanted to do a diagnostic arthroscopy, so I agreed. When I went in for my
pre-op he mentioned that if he goes in and finds something then great if not then he's going to re-do the ACL I wanted to skii for my schools ski team again so I didn't want him to redo it at all.
(May 2011) He found another inflammed Plica, and lots of scar tissue.
To today, I skiied on the ski team in February/March of 2011 and now I still have that severe pain in the back of my knee on the outside near the portal went, and on the inside near the inner portal. I was given a cortison shot and it worked well for a week it diminished the throbbing feeling and decreased the swelling. Now at 10 days the pain walking, and doing any physical activity has increased and has become sharper. The swelling is a lot more and I'm not sure if this is normal or what would be next. Surgery?Brace?Crutches?Physical Therapy? I used my crutches today because the pain is so intense.
I've taken Ibuprofen and all the anti inflammatorys my mom and OS can think of and hasn't helped.
Any recommendations, or reassurance on what my OS may do when I see him next week would be a great big help. Do I ask if Reconstructing the ACL again would be a good idea? or is that rude?