I was having a lovely ski day a Vail last weekend until I got off balance in some bumps, ended up too far forward, spun around backward and tweaked my right knee rather painfully when trying to stay on my feet (probably should have just sat down...oh well).
So anyway, I don't think I injured it badly. The pain faded after a few minutes, I didn't feel any instability, could put weight on it with no repercussions, and I was able to gingerly continue my day.
A week later, there's a very dull pain when just walking around, it's a little extra painful in the morning for 20 minutes or so...otherwise it only "zings" me when I rotate on it. I can bend and straighten with weight on it with no problems. So, the functional effects are minimal. But I did feel a dreaded "pop" when it happened, so I'm a little paranoid about the whole thing, regardless of how well it seems to be doing now.
To those who have had knee injuries: Should I be worried? I'm just not sure how painful and debilitating a tear or partial tear would be, as I've never had either. Is this the kind of thing where it could be messed up pretty bad but not very painful, or would I know it if something was really wrong? Are there any self tests I can do to determine if medical followup is prudent, or should extra glucosamine and R&R do it?