Ok so I’m at my wits end with my knee. Rewind about a year, I just got off a 10 hour shift at work of standing and walking around. I go home and decide to knock out my leg day which at the time was 5/3/1 with squats. I’m on my max out set, and what I attribute to stuff legs and a crap warmup, I get a pop in my left leg while descending with about 400lbs on my back. Nothing happened besides a pop. No pain, no wobble, no lose of strength, nothing. I finished another rep and racked the weight. I’ve had my knees pop before from squats so I thought nothing of it. Until later in the day it started to hurt and get really tense.
It swelled up a bit over the next few days and felt kinda weak. I went and saw a doctor, and he checked me out. He said since I’m not experiencing any notable lose of strength or stability then nothing is torn. He tells me to do the usual heat, rest, ibuprofen.
I do this for awhile, but fully resting is not really an option as I’m always on my feet not to mention I’m a martial artist. I did stop all leg work and kicking and knees.
Now fast forward. It’s been about 10 months and it still hurts but only when I’m on my feet for a really long time then it just feels a little sore. I’ve experimented around with squatting again and I still have all my strength and stability. But now there is a slight grinding feeling in my knee when I move it certain ways. And I’ve since lost my insurance so I can’t afford to go back to the doctor and get an MRI or anything.
The pain is all on the outer side of my knee like right in the spot where it bends. And the grinding is never accompanied with pain. I’m so paranoid that I have some severe damage to my knee and I really wanna get back to leg work and being able to compete in martial arts again. If anyone can help me figure out what’s wrong and a way to fix it I would be so grateful. The doctor suggested it’s just an mcl sprain or something along those lines but it’s still not healed and the grinding feeling that started a few weeks ago is really disheartening.