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Beginner with Knee Injury

This has already been posted by me in another forum but I still need more help.

About 18 months ago (I’m 17 now), I had surgery to remove cartilage in my left knee which has now left me with a bit of a gap in it. part of my medial meniscus was also removed. following the surgery i was not recommended to a physio or any other specialist. so me being me at the time didn’t think anything of it.

so once the stitches where removed from the key hole surgery i just went back to playing my usual sport. i did quit my football team because of my injury but this was about the only action taken place by myself. when i thought all was going well i joined the wolfslair for muay thai, MMA, BJJ lessons (all mixed- no routine- because i wanted to know what each class was like).

i also rejoined my football team out of school. the 1st training session was fine. the second training was dooms day though. i went to get in my coaches car for a lift back home and as i got in my knee popped. i didnt let my coach know i was in agony because thats the way i’ve always been- i dont like to show any slight emotion from pain because i dont like to seem beaten.

when i got out of the car to walk back home i was limping back. As soon as the next day i quit my football team and stopped training all together. after about six weeks i went back training BBJ for 4 times a week as i thought this would keep the pressure off. after the second week my knee gave up again.

since then i havent been back to the wolfslair but i have done some sparring with my friends. i managed to get an appointment with a consultant and he outlined that i have part of my medial meniscus removed, a gap in the cartilage and a band attached to the knee cap which could be sorted with physio or surgery can cut it but this causes more scar tissue.

i also have a problem with the meniscus on my right knee as apparently it ‘isnt textbook C shape’.i did the physio for 3 months and it has helped clear the band problem. however i do have other problems which she didnt try to adjust as she just told me she is only focusing on 1 problem which is this band.

so after clearing the band problem i thought id get some flexibility training done as my quads are shit but my hamstrings are pretty fine. for the quads i did the stretch standing and pull my lower leg to my arse. after 20 seconds a pop would occur in my tendon in both knees. fuck knows what this problem is so im going back to the consultant to find out.

When i took into consideration rehabilitating my knee I used the 18 tips for bulletproof knees article to help me out. The standing jumps in that article where added to my program and in the 3rd training session when doing these I felt the left tendon pop around the sixth rep (out of ten). So I stopped a couple of seconds to shake my leg about and finished the set. I read about this problem and apparently it is to do with my meniscus injury. But if anyone else has anymore information then please share.

Another part of the 18 tips for bulletproof knees i used was the PNF treatment. As I don’t know anyone who performs this I had my mum do it from the internet. What happened was the same pop in the tendon as what happens when I do the standing quadriceps stretch. So this to has also been left alone. If there is a way that I can develop my range of motion without producing this problem or if anyone knows any other method please let me know as I will give it a try.
I really would like for the 1st time to be able to kneel up without having any trouble.

until i get this appointment sorted i just wanted to know if anybody knows what this popping tendon problem is and how i can sort it. i’ve tried loads of stuff and it keeps fucking up and its taking over my life. any help would be much appreciated

Did you get an MRI? sounds like you have a torn ACL.

yeah ive had an mri and x-ray
all the doctors say is what they did in my previous surgury and the things ive got with my knee now.
I followed the physiotherapists orders as well like ease things in slowly and stetch etc.

well the stretching is my worst part and she just ignored what i was saying to be honest.
i’m going back to the consultant though in the next 2 months so hopefully he has some idea of what is wrong.
Its started popping more than usual now though because i thought i had the stretch which wouldn’t cause any problems and was using it a fair bit yesterday. now i can sit down and slightly move my legs then ‘POP’.