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Can't walk because of swelling

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  • Posted By: EmTee624
  • August 4, 2010
  • 06:51 PM

Im 21 years old and had an MRI two years ago which showed a partial acl tear in my left knee after landing wrong while playing basketball. The swelling went down after a few days and I as able to walk fine again without any pain. I still saw an orthopedic who said I could have surgery now, or since I didn't experience any more pain or problems, wait until it completely tears. I had no symptoms of giving out and I felt perfectly normal and had a full range of motion in my knee, so I opted out of the surgery. Over the course of the past two years, I had 3 or 4 incidents where I would pop my knee due to sudden changes in direction while playing sports. My knee would swell up, I would limp for a few days and then it would go away and I would be fine once again. I began wearing a brace which helped but exactly two and a half weeks ago I thought I did the same thing while playing soccer. This time it felt like a tear and sounded more like knuckles cracking. I was standing when I got injured and I could not bear any weight on my left knee due to the pain so I had to be carried off the field. An MRI showed that I had a complex medial meniscus tear and the same partial tear in my acl. I went to the same orthopedic a few days ago who drained my knee a little and gave me a cortisone shot. I iced my knee a little after the injury, my range of motion improved a few days after the incident but I still can't fully extend my knee or put any weight on it. Im taking ibuprofen, I have been on crutches the whole time, and it feels like I am not able to stand because of the swelling which won't go down. The nearest time I can schedule the surgery is one month from now, I'm going on a mission trip to mexico in 3 days and I start school again in 3 weeks. I want to know how I can decrease the swelling and if I can expect to be able to walk before again before the surgery. Any help would be really appreciated.

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