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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Lateral Knee pain when bending after previous injuries


 gymnast2010 - Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:01 pm

I tore my ACL and LCL and had a bucket handle tear of my meniscus in 2007. I had reconstructive surgery using my patellar tendon. I got an infection two days after surgery and required IV antibiotics. Never got full ROM back but was able to go back to competitive gymnastics. Seven months after reconstruction I had one screw fixed that was coming out. I returned to gymnastics again. I have been diagnosed with arthrofibrosis.
Last week I landed on a dismount from bars in gymnastics in a full deep squat. My knee normally doesn't go that far(about 130 degrees usually). My knee is still hurting and I have pain when I bend my knee. It feels like something is stuck when I bend it on the outside. If I rub my finger over where it hurts, I can feel something clicking.

What could this be?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:21 pm

User avatar Hello,
The lateral meniscus may have torn. Also, since you've had some complications with the internal screw for ACL, the knee will need to be assessed for laxity. Lastly, since you have arthrofibrosis, going well beyond your new normal limit of range of motion on the landing may have torn some tissue and/or caused a loose body to be floating in the knee.

Get an MRI and/or see your orthopedist or vice versa.

Take care.

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