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Can you tear acl/ MCL if a knee cap dislocation, x3weeks later still can't bend knee past 45* I've dislocated b4 and can't remember recovery last4ever.?

Can you tear acl/ MCL if a knee cap dislocation, x3weeks later still can't bend knee past 45* I've dislocated b4 and can't remember recovery last4ever.?

Yes it's possible: You should see a sports medicine specialist whose expertise includes knee reconstruction; acl/mcl and patella dislocation are more commonly independent, but sometimes do occur from the same injury; your md will perform a thorough exam which often can diagnose the injury (ies), get x-rays to rule out fracture, likely order mri, recommend + oversee treatment; you might benefit from surgery. Good luc. ...Read more

Dr. Vic Kalman
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Mcl (Definition)

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more


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MRI for my knee. The results: - ACL sprain with full thickness disruption, chronic proximal mcl sprain, patella alta w/o pf malaligment. English?

MRI for my knee. The results: - ACL sprain with full thickness disruption, chronic proximal mcl sprain, patella alta w/o pf malaligment. English?

Stretch of ligaments: Sprains occur when ligaments (tissues holding joints together) stretch. The ACL is a ligament in the inside of the knee. The MCL is on the middle side of the knee. Disruption os ACL means it was probably/partially torn. Patella alta means that your knee cap is higher than usual. You should discuss these findings with the ordering physician so she/he can determine appropriate treatmen ...Read more

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I ruptured and damaged my MCL beyond repair, dislodged all cartilage in my knee, ruptured my ACL, damaged my PCL and unattached and damaged my patella tendon. I got badly tripped and would like to know what I would feel if I had re-damaged the patella ten

I ruptured and damaged my MCL beyond repair, dislodged all cartilage in my knee, ruptured my ACL, damaged my PCL and unattached and damaged my patella tendon. I got badly tripped and would like to know what I would feel if I had re-damaged the patella ten

Depends: Injury and pain is felt differently by different people. If you have not had the previous injuries repaired, it may be difficult to feel any significant difference. The function of your knee (being able to straighten it and hold it off the ground while sitting) may be affected with a patellar tendon injury -but may not be. An MRI is sometimes the only way to see the injury. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Why pain after cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection. Mri says grade 2/3 sprain in both knee mcls, joint effusion, patella tilt &chrondomalica patella. Result of fall.

Why pain after cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection. Mri says grade 2/3 sprain in both knee mcls, joint effusion, patella tilt &chrondomalica patella. Result of fall.

Patella femoral: If your pain is in front/under your knee cap, then most likely chondromalacia patella. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. Mcl injuries can be braced & need time not cortisone injections. ...Read more

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Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Conservative Rx: Depends upon your primary complaint and whether there was a mechanism of injury. Chondromalacia (i.e.Cartilage wear=arthritis) is common and can cause swelling and pain. Collateral ligament strains/partial tears (mcl+lcl) should be managed well conservatively. Recommend seeing a pt for motion, strengthening, edema control. Am a fan of a stationary bike as well (nonimpact knee motion+strengthening). ...Read more

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What should you do to unlock knee that has locked because of a mechanical fault? Had meniscus tears and think I have torn it again and knee cap moves!

What should you do to unlock knee that has locked because of a mechanical fault? Had meniscus tears and think I have torn it again and knee cap moves!

HANG LEG, TRY 2 RELAX: IF U LOCK KNEE DUE TO INJURY OR SUDDEN MOVE AT GAMES, YOU ARE GOING TO DAMAGE MENISCUS AND BEST PLAN BE THAT, GO FOR MRI & DON'T WALK UNTIL YOU GET PROPER MEDICAL CARE BY ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON. YOU CAN USE ICE NOW FOR 10-15 MINUTES ONLY AND TAKE PAINKILLER. ...Read more

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What could cause sharp pain and cracking in knee cap?

What could cause sharp pain and cracking in knee cap?

Wear if cArtilage: You can have cartilage degeneration that causes pain with bending. You can have patella tendinitis also. Need good evaluation to get options to treat it. ...Read more

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I hit my knee hard on a door frame earlier today and had instant pain that brought tears throughout the day my knee cap has hurt whenever pressured?

I hit my knee hard on a door frame earlier today and had instant pain that brought tears throughout the day my knee cap has hurt whenever pressured?

Knee cap: Direct blows to the knee cap will usually injure the protective bursa sac, which will swell and produce pain. If your knee cap pain is increased with bending your knee or while trying to do a straight leg raise you should get an X-ray. Otherwise try ICE REST COMPRESSION AND ELEVATION ALONG WITH OVER the counter alleve. ...Read more

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I heard something tear underneath my knee cap when I bent down to pick up a towel. It hurts bad! What happened?

I heard something tear underneath my knee cap when I bent down to pick up a towel. It hurts bad! What happened?

Knee cap: Could be a number of things, from a tendon or cruciate tear to some innocent "creaking". Let it rest for two weeks, if then it still hurts, you'll need an orthopod to get an MRI of your knee. ...Read more

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Do I have to go to the ER to know if I have an lcl tear. Plus I allso have a knee cap sharp pain?

Do I have to go to the ER to know if I have an lcl tear. Plus I allso have a knee cap sharp pain?

No: ER will not know what to do- you need to see an Orthopedic SPorts Medicine Knee specialist who is fellowship trained and experienced in surgery of the LCL- which is difficult and rare ...Read more

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My knee is popping and cracking and locking, what's wrong with it? I've had a lot of issues out of my knee, it pops when I bend it or squat down, it locks at times and is hard to move, it swells and it hurts behind my knee cap and hurts a lot and causes m

If: If you have not had an MRI I recommend you request one. It sounds like you may have a tear in one or multiple tendons, ligaments, or meniscus. If so, you will need surgery to clean the knee out so to speak and repair the damage. In the meantime you can request a steroid injection for the pain and inflammation.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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I twisted my right leg, Cannot move painful, dr. Did patella reduction 10yr it helped. Knee cap is loose again, is it partial Patella subluxation again?

I twisted my right leg, Cannot move painful, dr. Did patella reduction 10yr it helped. Knee cap is loose again, is it partial Patella subluxation again?

See your doctor: Your symptoms involve multiple joints. There are several serious conditions that need to be evaluated for by physical exam and x-ray in order to help. ...Read more

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I have extreme pain in my knee accompanied by cracking and grinding under my kneecap when ever I move leg it feels as if my knee cap is shifting. What is this it pains more going down stairs then it does to climb them should I get this checked?

I have extreme pain in my knee accompanied by cracking and grinding under my kneecap when ever I move leg it feels as if my knee cap is shifting. What is this it pains more going down stairs then it does to climb them should I get this checked?

Yes: This can be rubbing of the cartilage of the back of the kneecap - also called chondromalacia patella. This can occur with loose kneecaps also. You need to see your physician to get this evaluated. Knee exercies are important therapy. ...Read more

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I just had hip artho, surgery for cam impingement and labral tears 10 days ago, q: I have a lot of numbness below my knee cap, why?

I just had hip artho, surgery for cam impingement and labral tears 10 days ago, q: I have a lot of numbness below my knee cap, why?

Numbness: Check with your orthopedic surgeon. It may be positional from traction & position while scoped. It could also be L4 or L5 irritated lumbar nerve roots. ...Read more

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My MRI says tearing of the posterior horn middle third extending to the inferior articular surface and I have arthritis under my knee cap would you suggest surgery thanks?

My MRI says tearing of the posterior horn middle third extending to the inferior articular surface and I have arthritis under my knee cap would you suggest surgery thanks?

Meniscus tear: You essentially have 2 separate conditions affecting your knee, a meniscus tear and patellar arthritis. Surgery for meniscus tears is very successful for treating "mechanical symptoms" (locking/catching along the knee joint lines). Meniscal surgery is less predictable for treating knee pain, especially if there is associated knee arthritis. Recommend consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a tear legment and a dislocated knee cap n the surgeon won't help n I saw one last year n this year. Can a regular er doctor make the call for surgery or do I have to go see a surgeon again?

I have a tear legment and a dislocated knee cap n the surgeon won't help n I saw one last year n this year. Can a regular er doctor make the call for surgery or do I have to go see a surgeon again?

See ORTHO who fixes: Recurrent patellar instability is a common knee problem. Given the fact that you have already failed no operative therapy (assumed from your question and history), you are likely a good candidate to consider for patellar stabilization surgery via an MPFL reconstruction and possible redirecting tibial tubercle osteotomy. Definitely need to become comfortable with new ORTHO surgeon who will operate ...Read more

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Left knee one doctor said the tracking was off from my knee cap, took MRI and he said there was no tear jus mild to moderate joint effusion. Does thi?

Left knee one doctor said the tracking was off from my knee cap, took MRI and he said there was no tear jus mild to moderate joint effusion. Does thi?

See details: It is difficult to offer specifics but the knees swelling can be from numerous causes. Aspiration and analysis of the fluid may provide important information about the cause of the inflammation. I would urge a consultation with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for a knee cap that moves wrong across your knee?

What can be done for a knee cap that moves wrong across your knee?

Patellar tracking: Patellar tracking disorder occurs when the kneecap shifts out of place as the leg bends or straightens. It can be due to your anatomy and knee overuse. Take a break from activities that cause knee pain, like squatting, kneeling, running, and jumping. Put ice on your knee, and take antiinflammatory or pain medicines. Strengthen your thigh muscles to keep your kneecap stable. ...Read more

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I have a place on my outer knee cap that sticks out a little. What can that be?

I have a place on my outer knee cap that sticks out a little. What can that be?

Knee cap prominence: It could be a spur possibly related to some arthritis but could be scar tissue from an old injury. Could be slight bony buildup from old injury. If not particularly painful it is probably not serious but only xrays can tell for sure. ...Read more

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How can I deal with knee pain in/under knee cap?

Rest and rehab: This is usually chondromalacia patella and is softening of the cartilage behind the kneecap. Rest, nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) will help with pain. Hamstring stretching and quadriceps strengthening helps. May want to try glucosamine and chondroitan sulfate supplements for arthritis. May not help, but little downside. If none of this works, see an ortho surgeon or sports specialist. ...Read more

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Can there be any method to reduce pain in a broken knee cap?

See a doctor: First, if you have a "broken" or fractured knee cap, then you should be under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon and asking your doctor is the right thing to do. Having said that, rest, ice, and a knee immobilizer can be helpful. Also, over the counter medications such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil or aleve can all provide some pain relief. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right knee, just above the knee cap to the left?

I have pain in my right knee, just above the knee cap to the left?

Patellar tendinitis: Patellar tendinitis, mistracking your patella, in the patello-femoral groove. Have it checked out! ...Read more

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Above my knee cap is swollen. What does that mean? And what should I do?

Above my knee cap is swollen. What does that mean? And what should I do?

C an orthopedic sur-: Eon. Could Be swelling in the pre patellar bursa, or fluid in the joint proper. The causes & treatments R very different. ...Read more

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Is it imperative to get surgery to repair a shattered knee cap immediately?

Is it imperative to get surgery to repair a shattered knee cap immediately?

Yes: The kneecap or patella is very important for appropriate knee motion. If its a serious fracture in multiple pieces, then I would seriously consider surgery.

It generally will heal much better if the pieces are put back together! Its much more complicated but the final result is very important--poor healing will lead to even worse arthritis and more problems down the road. ...Read more

Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more