Last Saturday I went skiing, I was having a good day, I had been on the snow for about 5 hours non stop, I wasn't tired and my legs felt strong. While carving to the right I felt like I caught an inside edge and "pop" my left knee went out. It felt like the femur displaced to the outside leaving the tibia to the inside, it felt like the displacement was about an inch, it probably wasn't but that's how it felt. After the knee popped I fell, the knee hurt when it popped but not what I would have expected. I took my time getting up and although I could tell my knee felt different it didn't really hurt so I put the skis back on and started down the hill again. The first couple of turns felt OK, I picked up speed and again in a right turn the knee displaced to the side and down I went, almost ate a post of one of the lifts. Fortunately I was close to a chair lift that I could board to go down so I took off my skis and walked over carefully and rode down.
When I got back home, I drove my manual transmission car home (1.5 hours) with no problems and then my wife drove me to a clinic where they did X-rays, there were no broken bones... I could have told them that. They wrapped up the knee, perscribed some anti-inflammatories and ice. The doctor figured that the swelling was less than what torn ligaments would produce and there is no discoloration so they did not perform an MRI. The next day the knee was stiff as a board and hurting a little, today it is still stiff but better than before but still feels loose. Any twisting hurts and I don't trust it, I'm walking as little as possible and when I do I use a crutch. I have an appointment with the traumatologist in a week and I think I will insist on the MRI just to be sure.
I have been skiing since I was 8 and I have never really been hurt or have had to be evacuated off the hill. I am now 53, obviously not in the same shape as when I was young and I don't ski as agressively as when I was young but I still don't feel that the knee should have popped. I have Look bindings on the skis I was using, their range of adjustment is from 3.5 to 12 and they were set on 7. I tested them by placing a boot in the binding and with a light kick towards the toe the binding releases just find so I don't know why this happened.
Shouldn't the binding have released before my knee?
Is my knee now going to be more subject to popping out than before?
Will my knee ever be the same?
How can I prevent this from happening again?
This season is definatley over for me and I don't like the idea of having to ski like a wuss cause I'm worried about my knee.
Any reassuring words out there from those that have experienced something similar... or worse?