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thisisnotatoy
04-04-2007, 08:22 AM
Ok sorry if this is a stupid question...but how do you know if you've torn a ligament in your knee? I've never damaged my knee before so I don't know....

On Mon. evening, I slipped and kinda landed on top of my right leg and my knee and ankle were twisted to the side. (hard to describe...)

Yesterday, in the morning, it HURT like a mofo...I could barely stand and had to hold onto things just to be able to walk a few feet. I kept it iced and put Thera-gesic on it all day and by today, I can walk, but I'm still limping a bit...I decided to only go to the doc. if it didn't get any better.

paintballjames
04-04-2007, 09:14 AM
You have to get an MRI to be sure. Id go to the doctor soon because even though you tear a ligiment in your knee it doesnt always affect you as much as you think. I had a partial tear in my ACL and didnt know it for 6 months when i finally went in for an MRI because football was starting.

T.Drake
04-04-2007, 09:17 AM
:PIf your kneecap or leg just kinda flops-around you probably have torn something.

banderson
04-04-2007, 09:52 AM
If something is literally torn in half then you wouldnt be walking at all. Could be that you stretched somthing out.

Question though, Why does everyone come to PBR to ask medical questions? I mean is that what doctors are for? I remember JasonA posting a thread "OMG I am peeing blood, what should I do"?
Sorry just struck be as wierd.

Edit: Dude just go to the Doctor. If you wait to see if it getting any better tou could be doing it alot of harm by just walking on it. I am mean seriously, it doesnt cost that much.

hybrid-sniper
04-04-2007, 10:09 AM
Sounds like a sprain to me.
But of course, always worth a check by a doctor just to make sure.

wiseguy360
04-04-2007, 10:10 AM
People post here because it's like getting opinions from your friends.

"Hay dudez, what should i dew?"

Then we provide some jokes at their expense and then eventually good advice.

Lopez17
04-04-2007, 11:48 AM
Usually you'll feel a very distinct and awkward popping. If it's an MCL or LCL you may feel a rip on the side. If you think it's an ACL, when the swelling goes down, lay on your back and bend your leg/knee with your foot on the ground. Similar to this: /\ Have someone gently pull on your calf/lower leg if the ACL is torn you'll be able to feel the knee give. It won't hurt it'll give. Another test is to lay on your side and lift the injured leg straight up. Usually you'll have a sensation as if your leg is going to come out of the knee/joint.

Really the only foolproof way is to get an MRI. They'll usually show the more probable cause of your problem which I speculate as a Meniscus or Cartlidge tear. (Though just a heads up that they can't always show the extent of the tear until they get in with an arthroscope...a lesson I learned all too well.)

inuyasharox4776
04-04-2007, 12:07 PM
If something is literally torn in half then you wouldnt be walking at all. Could be that you stretched somthing out.

Question though, Why does everyone come to PBR to ask medical questions? I mean is that what doctors are for? I remember JasonA posting a thread "OMG I am peeing blood, what should I do"?
Sorry just struck be as wierd.

Edit: Dude just go to the Doctor. If you wait to see if it getting any better tou could be doing it alot of harm by just walking on it. I am mean seriously, it doesnt cost that much.because people play sports and know injuries. To me, it sounds just like a bad sprain, but getting it checked out by a doctor sounds good too. I recommend waiting a week or so, and it doesnt improve get it checked out.

blinkpk11
04-04-2007, 12:26 PM
If this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r1TMI3miOw) or this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSySFNv9xNE) happens.
If you didn't feel a pop or tear its probably just a sprain, but go see a doctor anyway if the swelling doesn't go down quickly with ice and advil.

noz
04-04-2007, 12:30 PM
I've had a minor tear before in some kneecap-related ligament a long time ago. Felt like a quite painful sprain but wouldn't go away after 1+ weeks. So I went to see the doc and did some physical therapy for a few months.

JasonA
04-04-2007, 03:01 PM
Yep, a girl has been hobbling around my class for weeks. She did something to her knee while skiing. It would probably be cheaper just to go to the ER, or call, and see if they can do an MRI. A doc will just look at you then send you in to get one anyway.

wiseguy360
04-04-2007, 03:57 PM
I predicted both of Blink's movies, for the record.

And I vomited twice.

Lopez17
04-04-2007, 07:18 PM
Generally if you're having sharp pain (not due to swelling) then you didn't tear a ligament. Of course, this is coming from the guy who played two soccer matches back to back 10 days after tearing his ACL (and shredding the meniscus and cartlidge in my knee playing hoops).

TheSpy11
04-04-2007, 07:26 PM
Ugh, just hearing your story, 'Pez, makes me cringe. Knee injuries sound sickening to me.

thisis: I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like a ligament sprain. I would have it checked out to examine the extent of the injury and help prevent you from making it worse.

banderson
04-04-2007, 09:38 PM
because people play sports and know injuries. To me, it sounds just like a bad sprain, but getting it checked out by a doctor sounds good too. I recommend waiting a week or so, and it doesnt improve get it checked out.

Sure I see what you are saying, but if he actually listens to some of the people on here that he shouldnt, he might walk around on it for 3 weeks and do more damage. Allways best to just go see that doc if you think it might be serious.

pbmike1888
04-04-2007, 10:02 PM
this thread reminds me of that new tv show "scarred" or "scars" on mtv i think it was. looks good. lol

anyway. if something was injured to the point of a torn ligament you would know it. might have sprained it. see a doc tho.

Lopez17
04-05-2007, 05:54 AM
I couldn't agree more. Only an MRI is going to tell you the extent of the damage (and not always 100% then). When I tore my knee apart, the doc diagnosed it as a hyper-extention. They didn't send me to a specialist for a year. They got the ACL tear correct. The MRI didn't show all the other damage very clear. A 90 minute procedure for the ACL/Knee reconstruction took 4 1/2 hours due to all the meniscus and cartlidge damage on the interior. The pictures from the surgery were amazing. Less than 6 months later I was playing hoops again.

thisisnotatoy
04-05-2007, 06:28 AM
Thanks for all your responses everyone. I've been doing fine...no severe pain, just slight nagging soreness, and I can walk, but I'm limping a little. I'm going to the doctor today just to have it checked out.

Mainly, when I've seen people tear a ligament in sports or whatever, they're screaming in pain...like the last guy I saw tear his ACL. I didn't feel that at the time...so hopefully all is good.

Lopez17
04-05-2007, 06:52 AM
When I tore mine (other than the popping sound) it just swelled. I didn't really have any pain beyond what you get with a jammed finger.