I've been having knee pain for a while now (maybe even 3 years or more, not sure). It happens when I do deep squats or stand up from a deep squatting position. I remember first feeling pain in this region when doing hamstring curls in the gym when I was a sophomore in college... 4 years ago. I've never been one to go to the doctor, and always feel that the pain will just go away. Anyways, here I am, 4 weeks before a 10 day ski trip to Jackson hole... I keep thinking about all the crazy stuff I'm going to hit when I'm there. I've been skiing out west a number of times, but finally ready and excited to get to Jackson - it'll be the next step in the development of my skiing abilities. I kinda even want to try Corbet's if its open.
Anyways, when thinking about Corbet's I was watching some videos on youtube of people falling in corbets and basically being unsuccessful.. then i remember seeing some video out there where in the end of it some guy is in the hospital with an ACL tear. That started me thinking about the knee pain I have when squatting (which has been getting worse and worse over the last year).
I can't help but think now based on the observations of the pain that I might have a meniscus tear.
I have a HUGE deductible on my health insurance (being 23), and dont really want to afford the doctor bill that would be associated with the repair right now. Also I dont want to get surgery and then not be able to ski when I'm there either. I know this sounds like backwards logic, but if I've been having this problem for 4 years, whats 1 more ski trip going to hurt? I've been out west every year since.
If I dont get the surgery right now before my trip (Feb 5-14th) am I risking anything other than a bit of pain when I'm done skiing? Idk for sure if its a meniscus tear or if its just a hamstring injury, but based on the deep squatting pain, popping every once in a while, and slight rotational pain I strongly believe that this could be the problem.
I'm not a doctor, and sometimes I wish that I just wouldnt have worried about it and started Googling and comparing to this forum to find my answer to the pain.. lol.