Sports Medicine

I am at the Orthopedics Department seeing a Sports Medicine specialist. I know my last insurance company would not have gotten me here 2 days after the injury, so I really have no complaints. Now I’m just hoping it’s not a very serious injury. Of course, that’s highly unlikely, given what happened.

The specialist asks me about the events leading up to the injury, physically examines my leg in a few different ways, and ends with the Lachman test.

As I’ve mentioned before, most of the pain is on the lateral side of the knee. Instinctively – with a large dose of hopeful delusion – I am fearing an LCL injury.

He says, “We will need an MRI to confirm this, but I really think you’ve torn your ACL.”

Just about the most frightening 3-letter combination in the English language for any active person.

“Umm… A… CL?”

“Yes.”

“Not the LCL?”

“No, it feels fine.”

“So why is all of the pain on the outside of the knee?”

In reality, bone bruising and pain on the lateral side are very common because of the way the distal femur and the proximal tibia “collide” with each other in the moments the knee loses its stability after the ACL rupture.

“How definitive is the MRI?”

“Almost 100%. Looks like the next available appointment is 2 weeks out, but just call them tomorrow and see if people cancel. You won’t have to wait 2 weeks.”

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