Looking for experiences people have had with this condition. Doesn’t sound real promising for the future from what I can find online. The doctor thinks that repairs are not that reliable but not out of the question.
Anyone had this condition? Anyone had surgery or other treatment for it?
I damaged the ACL in my left leg over 30 years ago. I didn’t realize how bad it was and didn’t seek treatment, just limped for a few weeks. About 15 years ago working out in the yard I crouched down and pain shot up my left leg. Went to the doctor and MRI revealed the ACL was severely atrophied and nearly totally severed, nothing but a thread left. I did some therapy to strengthen the leg and did pretty well for years, occasionally overworking that knee and having pain for a while.
A couple of months ago it became painful out of nowhere. Doing a lot of work on my house but not associated with any particular stress. An orthopedist has diagnosed it as a degenerative meniscus but have not had any images but X-Rays so far. He thought this was the inevitable result of the ACL tear over time. I started wearing a knee brace and that stabilized the knee until last week, eliminating the pain from the joint twisting the wrong way or bending it too far. Putting my weight on the leg hadn’t been particularly painful as long as I kept the knee straight. The doctor thought the X-Rays showed a little bit of cartilage left in the knee which was a good sign.
Then last week I put a little stress on the leg unintentionally and then it began to hurt a lot more and it became painful to put any weight on it. I am currently hobbling around with the use of a forearm crutch used like a cane. I have a cool looking Eagle Head cane but it’s less than ideal. The doctor can’t see me again until next week but I expect I’ll be getting an MRI again.