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Knee Popping After Acl Surgery
Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more
Orthopedic surgeon: I believe that you should notify your orthopedic surgeon about this symptom as he/she would want to know of any postoperative discomfort. ...Read more
Is it common to have some popping in your knee after ACL surgery? It's been 3 weeks since surgery. The popping feels like I'm popping my knuckles.
Popping in knee: It is a common occurrence for people to feel and hear snapping and popping in the knee. After ACL surgery your quadricep tendon becomes very weak and when this occurs your kneecap does not track as well in the groove of your knee. This makes it easy to hyperextend the knee and get this popping to occur. This will improve as your motion and quad gets stronger. Scar tissue also contributes to this. ...Read more
My knees popping after ACL and meniscus surgery. It doesn't hurt but sometimes I loose balance. Did I have a re tear?
Need knee evaluation: There are a number of possible causes of knee "popping" and a feeling of loosing balance. Your doctor should evaluate your knee to determine the exact cause. If you didn't have an injury to the knee, you probably didn't re-tear the acl. ...Read more
Hi, I am a 37 yr old female who was just prescribed norafloxacin for a uti. I took one pill last night and my knee is now swollen and achy and popping - had ACL surgery 3 years ago. Relation btw 2?
See below: More likely related to the the previous knee problem. ...Read more
Brace, surgeon: Find your original knee brace dispensed by your surgeon for acl stability and wear it. Then contact your surgeon and let them know your situation. Best of luck. ...Read more
See surgeon: See operating surgeon. If no resolution, see rheumatologist. ...Read more
Check with surgeon.: Check with your surgeon. Generally, if your having instability it is usually one of two things: Your ACL is not working properly, or, you may be having instability from a kneecap tracking problem. ...Read more
Speed Shifting...: Well, I wouldn't be shifting gears so fast without consulting with the surgeon first. You don't want to be popping the clutch or anything else, before you get rolling. ...Read more
Surgical site: This may be at the surgical site. See your surgeon to clarify this pain. ...Read more
What to do if I'm now 8 months out of ACL surgery and the knee that I had surgery on cracks frequently, what is this?
If you get a single bundle ACL surgery on one knee and a double bundle ACL surgery on the other could this cause any harm to the body?
No harm: You would be an interesting case control study to compare differences, but there is a chance that both would function equally well. Both techniques can result in success, and therefore, you might not expect any difference or harm. Since you know which knee had which tech., comparison may be biased. ...Read more
Had ACL surgery a couple years ago can't put any weight on kneeand when knee is flexed a bunch of cracking n poppin n sum pain comes with it?
I had ACL surgery about a year ago. Yesterday, my knee gave out the worst it has, I am in constant pain and it is still giving out today. What is this?
Very common: Very common you'll require extensive rehab treatments and it won't feel like your regular leg for at least a year. ...Read more
ACL exercises: If the rest of the knee is healthy then squats are the single best exercise to rebuild knee strength after an acl. ...Read more
Variable: Every surgeon has his/her own preference for returning to walking and weight bearing, so ask your surgeon! For my reconstructions, I typically allow full weight and walking on the day of surgery. It is aided by crutches until the quad muscles can adequately function to allow walking. Normal working without a quad inhibition can take anywhere from a few days to a few months after surgery. ...Read more
If I had ACL surgery and I fell a few dats later, should I get me knee checked out if it's in pain?
Yes: You are still within the "rehab" phase of your treatment and should be under the care of the treating surgeon. If I was your surgeon I would want to know these things! ...Read more
I had ACL surgery 8 months ago and last week a dog jumped directly on the outside of that knee. Could the ACL have been damaged again?
Hard to say: It is fairly uncommon for a person to tear up an acl reconstruction, although it can happen. Most reconstructed acl reconstructions are considerably stronger than the native acl. If you have any concerns a simple physical exam can asses the stability of your knee. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Acl travel: I would wait at least a week before traveling on a plane. Recommend some type of blood thinner either prescription or ar least Aspirin to prevent blood clots. Also do not sit down for the whole flight. ...Read more
Probably not: There are several possible causes so I would have the orthopedist evaluate the knee. ...Read more
See your surgeon: Not unusual to still have some pain at 1 month. Difficult to say without an evaluation. See your surgeon. ...Read more
Had ACL surgery and am 7 weeks out and have a warm knee and was trying to find out if that's bad?
ACL Surgery: Having a warm knee definitely warrants evaluation. It is more a cause of concern if along with the warmth you also noticed increased pain, swelling, fever, and restriction in motion. These are signs and symptoms that could indicate an infection of the joint. I recommend having your knee evaluated by the orthopedic surgeon who did your acl surgery just to make sure everything is okay. ...Read more
Feeling a pop or crackle in back of knee after ACL surgery normal? Really worried about tearing or damaging graft
Post op: You would have been sent home from surgery with specific post operation instructions. These instructions will include advice if you develop a complication. It is not wise to turn to strangers on the internet when you could have serious complications and you have a surgeon anxious to help. ...Read more
I am having weird pains that feel like they are pinching in the back of my knee. I am 6 months post op ACL surgery
Ask your surgeon.: There are numerous sources of pain and re-evaluation by your surgeon would be the most expedient course. He co uld determine if it is a serious problem. ...Read more
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