Thread: Torn MCL?
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12-11-2005, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by cw7
I feel your pain, literally.

When I was 13, I tore the MCL and broke the upper end of my fibula in my left knee in the same accident. The doctor was more worried about the broken bone, and my treatment was more designed to treat that. For the stabalization of my knee, and the ability to walk normally, it was the right call. Surgery then or since hasn't been a practical option (re: financial).

But my MCL has suffered ever since because it never got the chance to fully heal. Hell, I can dislocated my knee with no pain because of all the residual damage in the last two decades. As you can probably guess, my atheltic career pretty much died with that accident. I had hoped for recovery, but two years after that I completely tore a ligament in my right ankle. Took me six months before I could walk without crutches and/or a cast from that injury. Toast is the approriate word.

Not too long ago, my brother and I went to Centennial. He hadn't been for a skate in a while and I tagged along. I was sitting at the bench with a couple of mothers watching their kids. One of them asked me why I wasn't out there skating and I gave her the Cliff's Notes version. I never even fully realized it until I was asked; but she said that I looked as if I really wanted to be out on the ice. I did so badly, but after all the injuries I did whatever I could to put it out of my mind.

Probably not germane to the topic, but I felt like spilling it.

That's harsh. I'm sorry that happened to you...

Because knee ligament tears happen so often (especially in football), people tend to underestimate them.

Anyone who has ever had a knee injury knows what kind of disaster ligament tears are.

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