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Sharp Pains Knee Mcl Repair
I am having occasional sharp pains in my knee about 7 mos after my MCL repair, should I be concerned?
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
Pain is subjective: Some people are very tolerant of pain from surgery and some are very pain sensitive. Some do great with pain control, some have a very difficult time getting a medication that controls their pain and does not make them nauseous. Most isolated mcl tears are not surgically repaired and heal with bracing. Pain associated with the repair really depends on the technique used on the repair. ...Read more
So tired of knee pain. Mcl & meniscus repaired in august but pain still intense. 1-2mm tear showed in most recent mri. Would surgery help?
MRI results on L knee- Patellaofemoral, medial compartment Chrondomalacia with slight joint effusion. 1yr post MCL repair. Do I need another surgery?
No surgery needed: The results are consistent with thinning of the cartilage in two of the three main compartments of the knee. This is essentially osteoarthritis of the knee with the swelling (aka effusion) likely a result of that. You do not need surgery for this, you need to have an effective plan for managing arthritis in the long term. An orthopedic specialist can help you create such a plan. ...Read more
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
Strengthen Hamstring: Start doing isometric exercises to work on your adductors and hamstrings. Hamstrings stabilize the knee. ...Read more
It's been 5 weeks since grade 2 and 3 MCL tear in both knees. How long does it take to heal itself?
Depends: Depends on the type of tear and its location. Most tears from the medial femoral condyle have a good blood supply and oftentimes can heal with bracing, pt, and rice. If the tear is significantly displaced or a distal tear off the tibia, these do not usually do well and can sometimes warrant surgery. Either way an MRI is necessary and I do recommend appropriate orthopedic evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If an awkward fall is taken and a pop is heard, followed by pain on the inside of the knee does that indicate a tear of the MCL?
I tore my MCL a year ago and the other day while exiting a vehicle my knee popped out and back into place. Could I have torn it again?
Yes: I suspect you actually have more than just a mcl tear. I bet you have an associated acl incompetence, likely related to your original injury that was diagnoses as an isolated mcl tear. If your knee felt like it came at a place just getting out of a car, this describes functional instability which is more commonly seen with acl combined injuries. The acl and mcl are commonly injured together. ...Read more
No: There can be many causes for pops and crackles (called "crepitus"), including torn meniscus, patella chondromalacia, loose body, knee swelling following an injury, or synovitis (inflammation of the lining). Some times normal knee pop and crack. Mcl tears are associated with pain, tenderness, and swelling along the medial joint line and a tendency for the knee to want to buckle with activity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to Orthopedics: In general, arthroscopic surgery has a small risk of bleeding and infection. In addition, there is a very small risk of poor outcomes, adhesions, scar tissue, and local numbness near the surgical sites. These and any other concerns should be addressed when you speak with your surgeon. ...Read more
Pain inside of knee: Your mcl runs along the inside of your knee, preventing the knee from buckling in. If you tore it, it would hurt along the course of the ligament, your knee may also feel as if it is giving out. Seeing an orthopaedic surgeon, and possbily getting an MRI would diagnose the injury. ...Read more
it can be: It depends on what was done and how long you are following surgery. If you are in first few weeks following surgery it could related to a number of things, all likely to resolve with time and healing. If it is late, it could represent sensory nerve entrapment and might need to be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After MCL surgery, is it normal to feel the knee to give out but not as much as it did before surgery?
If I can bend my knee all the way but not 100% from an MCL injury 5 weeks ago.. Felt pain when I was aiming 100%. Should I get it checked?
PostInjury Stiffness: It is common to develop stiffness after an MCL tear. I usually recommend stretching and sometimes physical therapy. You just have to make sure that indeed its an MCL tear and not a meniscus tear. See an Ortho doc if not better in next few weeks. BTW pain with stretching is usually Okay. Cheers. ...Read more
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