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MCL & ACL torn skiing

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Hi,

I torn my MCL and ACL skiing 2 weeks ago. I heard the pop and then I couldn't ski after that. The knee wasn't too swollen or painful when I got to the first aid. They put me ice and I stayed there for a while and I went home. On the next day I went to hospital, and in the emergency room they did Xray and examined my knee. They did the valgus test and they said I torn the MCL, I could feel and I still feel pain on the inner side of the knee. It's getting better now, it doesn't really hurt. They also said possible ACL injury too. They told me to go and see a specialist.

 

I saw the doctor 6 days ago, that was 10 days after the injury. He examined the knee and told me I torn the MCL, grade 3. And he is pretty sure the ACL too, he didn't do the lachman test because he said the knee was a bit swollen and stiff from the injury. So he would do on the 11th of april.

 

So now I have to wait for 2 more weeks to find out what I have... I've been reading about the symptoms of the ACL tear and I've talked to several people who have had this injury and it's hard to tell. Also if it's partial or complete tear. I know I have to wait to see what the doctor says, but I'm too impatient. 

 

The first 4 days I couldn't walk, I was going on crutches. Then I started walking with a knee brace, really slow. After a week from the injury I can walk pretty good. The only problem is that I can't fully extend my knee, so I'm kinda limping. I feel the knee is swollen and stiff, I'm working on stretching it as the doctor told me. He said it's not too swollen. Sometimes when I'm walking or standing it gets more swollen. The first 4-5 it was more painful, I had to very careful, even moving the leg when sleeping. I had to take the whole leg to move it, or if I lift it in the air. Or if I step, I felt it wasn't holding. After 5-7 days, it's better, I can move it ok if when sleeping, doesn't really matter how I sleep. If I'm walking it feels more stable. I'm careful, go straight, I try not to do any sharp movements. 

I felt a couple of times sharp pain on the inner side if I had twisted it too much, I think that's the MCL. Tonight when I was getting into bed, I don't know what I did, I think I stretched it like too much and I felt like a sharp pain, inside the knee. Feels like the ACL. I was talking to a friend that had a partial ACL tear and he told me every time you feel that is the ligament stretching and it's not good for the recovery. I was also told, if you don't feel pain at all, it's completely torn. I have the MCL also torn, so it's hard to tell, because I think that one is painful.

I haven't taken any painkillers at all since the injury, just anti-inflammatory pills the first days. 

 

I wanted to ask for advice, suggestions, during these 2 weeks I have to wait to see the doctor again. 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 3
An MRI should tell whether the ACL is torn. I slipped on some ice while walking downhill last fall so that my right foot slid out and my left stayed anchored, causing excessive bending of that knee as I fell on my back. MRI showed I'd "stressed" the MCL, the ACL and the PCL, but not severed any of them. Ortho tells me "stressed" ligaments means some of the fibers are torn.
post #3 of 3

Don't try to push anything.      If what they told you is accurate, it is going to take a looooooong time to heal.   As in several months or more.   2 weeks is nothing on that timescale. 

There will be days when it feels better.    There will be days when it feels worse.    This is normal.     

Oh, and a proper ligament support brace can be set to protect you from twisting 'too much' and stretching 'too much'.     They are worth every penny. 

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