Do you think I have reinjuried my ACL?

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I tore my ACL over 17 years ago and had a reconstruction.

As it turned out I avoided playing sport up until last year, partly out of fear of re- injury. As it turns out my knee held up fine last year and also for the first few rounds of this season (I play field hockey).

2 weeks ago I felt something different about my knee - not intense pain like I remember from the original injury but a dull ache and a similar sick feeling in my stomach. My knee kind of went a bit weak.

Later that evening and in fact for a number of days afterward everything would be ok but if I were in a certain position I felt a short sharp intense pain which went away as fast as it came on. Even now nearly 2 weeks later it still has a dull ache and doesnt feel stable in some positions.

When the incident happened I felt no intense pain (I would rate it at less than 5% of when I tore the acl 17 years ago).

What do people think?

Also if it were a minor tear does the ACL fibres repair themselves with time if the ACL has been grafted? (My patella was used).

Thanks so much - just wanting to get an idea of whether others would get an MRI etc.

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    if i were you i would see your gp and ask for a referal to see a orthopod surgeon , you could have just pulled a muscle in your knee after a long time not playing that sport , its always safer to check ,and much better than surgeory, and in the long term a lot less painfull , ive always done a lot of swimming ,in feb this year i had a full knee replacement and have only just been able to do breast stroke , even though ive been swimming since 7 weeks post opp , so just stay on the safe side , hope that helps


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    Went to GP.

    He did lackmen test and advised he believes torn ACL - same knee as previously reconstructed.

    Getting MRI tonight.

    Finding it all hard to believe. .. No swelling, only pain was very brief and has since just felt uncomfortable. 

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    hope you get the answer you want good luck


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      So this one turned out to be a meniscus tear, I managed to return to playing but tore the ACL in my opposite knee a couple of weeks ago. I will make a new post about this as I have some questions to ask that i'm interested in my people's views on.
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