Ok so I know there is hundreds of posts in here about ACL injuries and I have read them all and they are all really informative. I think mine is a bit different and really could do with some sound advice.
Back in October I took a twist while playing rugby. All the initial signs pointed to a torn ACL. Due to the NHS over here it has taken ages to receive an MRI scan. My physio was not sure as the tests he was doing were not conclusive. (now in march and i am still waiting on MRI scan btw) In november I first started swimming using straight legs. I then did exercises that my physio recomeneded to strenghthen my knee. By January I was cycling no problem. By the end of January I started going to a boxing gym with my friend. And have really got into it. Initially taking it easy. after 3 months I have started running 4km twice a week and boxing no problem. My knee was feeling good although I was always cautious. The muscle was not lose and it was built up to around the same size as my other knee. I have stopped going to physio as he said tyhe only thing to tell was an MRI scan. Last night while boxing my knee got stuck in the side if the ring and i felt the pain I felt initially when I did the injury back in november. It gave way and I hit the canvas. The pain has since gone but the knee is really stiff but there is no swelling.
My question is this. are there any decent knee braces I can purchase to help my knee. Does this sound like a torn ACL ??? could it be anything else???? is it wise for me to box with a brace on?? Or should I give up and wait for the MRI (pelase dont say the last one)
Has anyone else had symptoms liek this???
All help would be much appreciated
I have similar experience with you, tried to play basketball after initial injury and ended up injuring my knee again
it does sound like a torn ACL, but i'm no doctor, only MRI and physio tests can confirm. If you have a torn ACL, I don't think any kind of braces can really help - the only way is to stop activities that requires sudden lateral / twisting motion.
With each recurring injury, you may permanently damage your cartilage. I'd be really careful if I were you, depending on your age, importance of sports activites, etc - you should really consider ACL reco if your torn ACL is confirmed.
Hi there,Originally Posted by CAPY888
There are some braces that could probably help you in the interim. The Donjoy braces are really good. I suffer from patella instability and have been really good as an interim measure if I've been waiting to see my knee surgeon, having a bad patch or just need some additional support. It could be a number of things. I strongly advise you to get some good professional advice now.
Rather than waiting on the NHS I would strongly recommend that you go and see a good sports physician. There is a great clinic in London called Pure Sports Medicine. Their contact number is 0870 2000 878 and website is www.puresportsmed.com I was a patient there for a couple of years and found them really good. They have contacts with some of the best orthopaedic surgeons in the country. It may be expensive but you know that you'll be getting the best advice. It would be worth just ringing up to find out how expensive it would be to see a sports physician. If you explain your circumstances they may be able to reduce the fee. They are more interested in helping patients than charging a large fee. The sports physician could then refer you on as necessary, ie. to a good knee physio or knee surgeon.
I know from experience having suffered patella instability for over 12 years that you're better off getting advice as soon as possible and not leaving these things.
Good luck !!
Thanks for the info. That is some sound advice. Going to have a look at the place in Lodnon. Website looks really good.
If anyone else has any info would be much appreciated