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Old 07-06-2006, 04:29 AM   #1
Troy Archie
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What does a torn ACL feel like? Can you walk on it? Is it swollen?

For the last while my knee has been giving me problems. I first noticed it while getting it off a bus one day and it has since been lingering. Some day's it's alright and I'm walking with a small limp, others with a heavy limp and running is completely out of the questions. I'm finding that if I warm it up and stretch it out it feels alright and I can work with, doing squats, running, burpess, thrusters with little or no problem.

It's a sharp pain on the upper center of my knee that is painful when my leg extends and quadricep is flexed like while getting into an l-hold. It also hurts when I step down and go up and down stairs, which like I said, can have me hobbling along like Frankenstein some days.

Any feedback would be great. I'm currently traveling so I'm freaked out that my knee is gibbled and that I have to go home early.
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Old 07-06-2006, 05:01 AM   #2
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I'm no doctor and can only tell you what I have experienced as I've torn both my ACLs.
When the injuries occurred, each time it was when my leg was violently twisted and there was a pop when the ligaments gave away.
Did you experience anything like this?
Immediately after the injuries, my knees swelled up to the point where they were immobile and they remained like that for some time.
Both times I had to have fluid drained from the knee just to get some comfort and movement.
Once the sweeling was gone I had arthoscopic surgery where they go into see what's wrong and then I had the ACL's replaced using a patellar graft.

The thing is, with a knee injury, there's not only the ACL to worry about but a host of other ligaments (eg PCL and MCL) and there's also the cartilage which can be damaged and cause discomfort.

And if your quadricep is involved it could be inflammation of the tendon at the bottom of the muscle.

All I can suuggest treatment wise is RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevation - and you may want to take some anti-inflammatories like Advil.

If you do go and see a doctor, which I really hope you will, see if you can get them to prescribe some Voltaren gel and capsules for you. This is a super duper anti inflammatory whci works like a dream.
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:28 AM   #3
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troy, it does not sound like an ACL tear from what you described, at least to a severe one if it is. Sounds more like some tendinitis, but you will definatel want to get it checked out asap to make sure there is not a serious malfunction going on.
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Old 07-08-2006, 11:19 PM   #4
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It sounds like patellar tendonitis to me, but only a Doctor and a MRI will tell you for sure. Otherwise we are just guessing.

FYI: The term quadriceps is singular. It is the quadriceps muscle. ( singular) The term "quadricep" does not exist. Not to be snooty, but my dad was an anatomist and he busted me on that one a bunch.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadriceps
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:17 AM   #5
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Troy,

What you are describing sounds classic for retropatellar pain syndrome, AKA Patellofemoral pain syndrome (patellar tedonitis). If it starts to hurt while you are sitting with your knees bent for long periods, I would bet on it. This is an overuse injury -- I usually see it in runners but can happen from sitting in a cramped airplane too long if you are predisposed to it. Generally relative rest, stretching focusing especially on the hamstrings helps. Motrin/Naprosyn at prescription strength is good if you can tolerate the drugs. I highly recommend you see your physician as soon as you can as the only way to get a good diagnosis is through a good exam and ensure nothing else is wrong.

This doesn't sound like an ACL. They are pretty dramatic injuries with a WHOLE lot of swelling and pain. Many cannot walk immediately and just about everyone knows they really screwed up their knee.

I don't think I would encourage you to cut your trip short unless you start to have real problems bearing weight. Of course, I haven't seen you and the advice is free so take this for what it is worth...

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Old 07-14-2006, 12:41 PM   #6
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I can concur with the others here that this definitely doesn't sound like an ACL. I tore my right ACL in high school, and as Kevin mentions, there was much swelling and I couldn't even walk.
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Old 07-16-2006, 08:43 PM   #7
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Thank you so much for the feedback all. Definately a huge stress reliever. I'm just sorting out to who I should go see right now. I'm hesitant on going to a GP as Im sure all he/she is going to do is just recommend me to a specialist or else a physiotherapist so I'm thinking that I'll just skip the GP and go straight to Physio.

Thanks again
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Old 07-16-2006, 09:25 PM   #8
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Also, thought I'd just add in to Kevin's comments, that yes it does hurt the most after prolonged sitting and is the most painfull first thing in the morning when I wake up. I'll be on my feet for 10 hours a day at work and have no problems but have a nights sleep with it bend and be hardle able to walk in the morning.
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Old 07-17-2006, 12:37 AM   #9
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If you can get into physio, that would be where I would go. While I am in emergency medicine, I currently practice a lot of general practice stuff over here in Iraq. However, someone needs to examine you and get a good history and come up with a good diagnosis/treatment plan.

Good luck.

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