knee injury

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  1. pijan

    pijan New User

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    i got a knee injury last week while playing soccer. i leg was tackled hard from the side and i heard 'pop' sound. so i suspect it was acl or any other ligament injury. my knee is swollen now.

    currently waiting for my insurance to approve my mri scan so i just need ask anyone who has experienced before or anyone with medical background to help me for the moment.

    1. is surgery necessary?
    2. if i dont go for surgery or going for it a few months later cos i'm gonna be busy with work and my wedding in 4 months , how long should i rest before i can do light exercise
    3. i played tennis occasionally with friends, would tennis have any bad impact on my knee?
    4. any tips to reduce pains and swelling. would RICE help?
     
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  2. SteveI

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    Hi,

    If you heard a pop...I would stay of the knee to be sure. Get the swelling down ASAP. Stop playing tennis and go as fast as you can to the very best knee doctor you can find. My guess is you have major damage to that knee!!!! You do not need approval to see a knee doctor... he will do at x-ray.. not find any damage.. but can evaluate the knee and get the insurance folks moving on the MRI for you. Again... stop playing tennis.
     
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  3. fantom

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    I've been through an ACL tear/reconstruction...

    I agree with what SteveI mentioned. I'd like to add that an orthopaedic doctor will be able to diagnose the ACL tear with manual manipulation and Xray. MRI not required.

    I'll directly answer your other questions:

    1) Depends on the severity of the injury. MCL sprain/tear is usually just rest. ACL tear means surgery to reconstruct the ligament. Without surgery, you have severely degraded lateral (side to side) stability. Also, you will do additional damage to the cartilage/meniscus. Meniscus tear can go either way depending on severity.

    2) Probably OK to wait for surgery (see a doctor). Exercise like walking/biking/swimming should be perfectly fine as long as the swelling/pain is gone. Stay away from any sports, though. The knee actually feels normal after the swelling subsides with an ACL tear.

    3) Not a good idea until you see a doctor.

    4) Yes. RICE is your friend.
     
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  4. kslick

    kslick Rookie

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    As the above have said see an orthopaedic doctor, don't play tennis and go with the RICE formula. This happened to me not so long ago and it was a Medial Meniscus tear.
     
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