Hey, Maybe some people will have some advice or point me in a direction to go.
About 4 months ago I dislocated my Patella during a Judo tournament. To this day, there is still some swelling in the knee (primarily the inner, upper corner, near VMO) and major popping of the knee (presumably the knee cap isn't tracking correctly. I'm big on staying strong and in shape. It may not be impressive, but I love to squat heavy and deadlift heavy, and train hard in Judo and BJJ. So, this injury is really kicking my ass in many ways.
I had an Xray, which didn't show anything. Then, a few weeks later, got in for an MRI. The MRI suggested the Patella dislocated, and that there was possible tearing of the VMO. But, the MRI suggested that everything else was fine. No damage of the major ligaments or meniscus.
But, as I said, it's been 4 months since the injury. I still have popping in the knee and mild inflammation. I've been seeing a Physio Therapist who said he's done all he can for me. Also, the Doctors I've seen have also said there's nothing they can do for me. Apparently surgery is NOT required. In fact, I couldn't even convince the first Doc that my knee was popping, he just played it off as regular cracks and pops that people have in there knees. And while I conceded that my knees also naturally pop and crack as well, this is a new major pop that wasn't there before and is causing me discomfort and pain. But, nope, he wouldn't hear of it.
I still can't do proper squats or leg extension because of the discomfort, pain, and popping. But, I can do Quad flexion, Leg raises, terminal leg extensions, and a host of other easy, Micky Mouse exercises t'll the cows come home!
I'm wondering if anyone else has dislocated their knee cap (Patella) and, if so, what you did to repair, heal, and get back to life. Or, if anyone here knows anything about this situation, or situations like it to draw a direction to go from.
Please and thanks!