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Had a fall this past Thursday out at Snowbasin skiing some relatively dense (by Utah standards) powder.  Hit a bit of a drop unexpectedly during a turn.  My back (left) ski caught in the snow (I was pointing almost perpendicular down the fall line at the time) and my knee twisted inward, forward down the fall line before releasing from the ski.


I heard a very distinctive pop.  I have had some pretty bad sprains in my ankles in the past and it sounded just like that.


About an hour later the inside of my knee started to get sore.  It got more sore as time passed and swelled a little, and felt perhaps a little unstable (though I'm not sure how much of that was in my head).  I went to an instacare place fearing the worst but the doc there said he couldn't find any signs of a major injury and thought I'd maybe bruised the cartilage.  I pressed him on the pop and he could not explain it, given how well my knee reacted to his exam.  The only pain I felt during the exam was a minor pain on the inside of my knee when he twisted  After reading some more on google I'm worried about a meniscus injury.


I have an appointment with an orthopedist but unfortunately can't get in any earlier than about a week from now.  Problem is, I have a lot of money tied up in a ski trip to Telluride that I would need to cancel before the appointment to get any money back (would still be taking a loss), so I'm in a bit of a bind here.


Now, two days later, I have pretty much no pain or swelling in the knee,  I'm still very worried about the pop though.  Is there any scenario where I could have heard that distinct popping sound without tearing something?