Help: How badly did I just destroy my knee?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Surecatch, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. Surecatch

    Surecatch Semi-Pro

    Aug 22, 2005

    Here's the story and I'll try to make it short.

    I've pretty much had chronic problems off and on for years with this knee but it never really prevented me from tennis, cardio or weightlifting at any time. I never really considered it a big problem...I just always knew some soreness could arise periodically. I'd rest it and a few days problem. Then it could be weeks or months before it was ever sore again. Well last tuesday playing tennis, I think I aggravated was a bit sore but not too bad. Big thing was that it just didn't feel right....sort of a limited range of motion and a kind of "catchy" feeling when I walked. I described it a couple of times to people as having "locked up" when I walked. Still I didn't have any real pain with just wasn't right.

    So finally I went to a an OD yesterday who examined it. He said it wasn't the sloppiest knee he ever saw but enough so to send me to an orthopedic surgeon for a more thorough looksee. He said it could be anything from just chronic unstableness to minor meniscus damage to partial ACL to full ACL. So he wrote the referral and sent me to Xray.

    Now comes the painful part.

    I played tennis last night. The doctor said go ahead if it feels ok. So I did. I have to throw this in. I played THE best tennis of my entire life. I don't know what got into me....I was in a zone of concentration I've never been in before. I was playing a superior player but I was having so much fun it didn't matter that I was losing. Every game was a multiple duece affair.

    Then it happened.

    I was at the net, he tried to pass and I stabbed a volley. He tried to pass on the other side and I got that one too. He then switched to a lob and I switched gears to back up and slam an overhead smash. That's when I heard and felt a very loud and forceful <POP> in my knee.:sad:

    I soldiered on...even won another game. But now, the next morning, it is clear that I have done something terrible to my knee. No swelling but certain ranges of motion in certain directions send terrible shooting pain to the point when I could probably spontaneously scream like a little girl. Obviously I'm going back to the doctor again later this morning.

    So I figure many of you have been through things. How badly do you think I messed the knee up? My hunch is that surgery of some sort is almost surely in my future now.

    <sorry, I tried to make it short...;) >
  2. Surecatch

    Surecatch Semi-Pro

    Aug 22, 2005
    I just found this description of the injury on a medical site:

    "Often patients will complain of hearing a loud “pop”, which is the sound of the actual ligament tearing."

    Neat. Looks like I'm on the sidelines for a while. I'll see the doc again in a couple of hours but it looks pretty clear cut to me.
  3. waves2ya

    waves2ya Rookie

    Mar 10, 2005
    Essex County, NJ
    Honest story Surecatch...

    Get to know your knee anatomy & MCL, ACL and PCL; I'd bet ACL and here's hoping theres no cartilage damage. If it's a mess, well - at least ya did it doing something you love.

    And you'll get back after awhile...
  4. Micky

    Micky Semi-Pro

    Jan 5, 2006
    You will have to have an arthroscopic surgery. It usually takes six months to heal and to be ready to play tennis again. The pop you heard was from your meniscus getting torned...or some old injury's fibers getting between your meniscus and your knee bone.

    When I had my POP...the MRI doctors told me that my meniscus were broken...after the surgery I was told that fibers from another injury got in between. Either took six months to be able to walk down the steps without pain again.

    Good luck to you.

  5. BillH

    BillH Rookie

    Feb 23, 2004
    Usually a torn acl results in an unstable knee - you would know it if you continued playing tennis and made any cutting or twisting motion. Continuing to play on a compromised knee invites more torn cartilege and perhaps torn ligaments (acl, mcl, pcl). If its only torn meniscus at this point, count yourself lucky and quit playing until you get surgery to correct. If its an acl - good luck - you'll have to have recontructive surgery and you'll be off tennis for six months. I've had two reconstructions in the last three years - not the worst surgery, but laying off tennis for six months at a time is no fun. Good luck.
  6. Donnybasbl

    Donnybasbl New User

    Dec 6, 2006
    I doubt you tore a ligament or tendon. I've seen guys do that and they usually go down like they were shot.

    I would guess it's a torn meniscus, as was mentioned by someone earlier.

    If it is, and you don't need a microfracture repair, you could be sidelined as little as 4 weeks, even if you need surgery to clean up the tear.
  7. EricW

    EricW Professional

    Oct 21, 2006
    Yeah, my friend snapped a ligament or tendon and he said it was the worst pain he's felt in his life, if you were fine enough to keep playing for a bit, most likely that's not what happened

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