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Dustin Dunn 12-28-2011 10:19 PM

Knee Problem
Hey everyone,

For the last 8 years I've had problems with my right knee. Every now and then I will "tweak" it and tightness and inflammation would follow. Recently I was doing deadlifts and heard a small "pop." It wasn't the holy crap, hit the floor because I just ripped my ACL in half kind of pop. It was just a small pop that was followed by tightness and inflammation. I even finished the workout, applied RICE, and was good to go.

However, last Wednesday I was doing squat cleans and felt the same pop and the immediate tightness and imflammation. I figured it was the same as before and finished my workout. I even ran 5k the next day and applied RICE afterwards. About 3 days later the tightness and inflammation didn't go away. I was really worried that I messed something up bad, but now after a week of uneasiness while walking, tightness, inflammation, and limping I seem to be getting back to normal. I ran 5k today and my knee felt pretty good.

My question is what could it be? I figure if it was something serious I would be in a lot more pain. I hear that ACL and other ligament tears are very painful. Maybe a tight ligament scrapping across a bone? I wasn't warmed up as well as I should have been during that workout. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks!

Steven Low 12-29-2011 06:12 AM

Re: Knee Problem
It could be a multitude of things.

I don't think plica syndrome could be that painful. It might be something with your meniscus, or ligaments. It could be some capsular issues.

Ain't stuff to play around with.

Get this checked out by an orthopedic doc or physical therapist man.

Brian Strump 12-29-2011 07:05 AM

Re: Knee Problem
8 years? Really? Go to the F'n doctor already. :welcome:

Michael Ko 12-29-2011 12:51 PM

Re: Knee Problem
obviously, the concensus is to go see a doctor.

in regards to ligamentous tears (more for the ACL), they don't necessarily have to be painful. I'll see patients who have an ACL tear but just had mild to moderate knee pain. Some will have an ACL tear with pain for a few days and be back to normal. Some get severe pain and swelling.

If you look at the anatomy of the ACL, it doesn't lie within the knee joint itself. So if you tear it the right way, you might not have that much pain/swelling. Also, if your hamstrings are really strong, they can almost act like a pseudo-ACL, decreasing the chances of having a significant infammatory response.

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