A 52-year-old female asked:
Mcl sprain after dislocation of patella. recent lateral release , meniscus repair . how do they know no tear without mri? limp, popping noise , pain
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
Cannot be sure: An MRI is an appropriate imaging study to detect a ligamentous or meniscal tear. A physical exam by a physician can help distinguish between different injuries, but symptoms such popping noises wouldn't necessarily signify a tear or not.
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