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In April I experienced a severe, level 6 "tearing" pain that went through my right patellar ligament, patella, and into the quadriceps tendon during an incline press exercise to treat osteoarthritic joint pain.
The next day I felt a "razor blade"-like flash of pain through the ligament, and the day after that I experienced yet another tear-like sensation--once again going through the ligament, patella, with "biting" pain at the patella-tendon junction--that forced me to substantially slow down an elliptical bike session before having to pause from fatigue. And after the initial tearing pain a continual "stretched" pain/stiffness in the ligament.
The next day I reported all this during a visit to the doc and no explanation for the ligament pain aside from possible tendonitis and no evidence of swelling in the joint, but for the next two months fairly continual ligament and tendon pain, stiffness, and irritation that generally increased with exertion, especially after extensive "clamshell" exercising that neither therapists nor docs can explain aside from "That shouldn't happen.".
Fast forward to last week and finally an MRI scan to examine all this.
The verdict? Osteoarthritis, ligament and tendon "intact", but a "complex tear of the posterior horn to body segment of the medial meniscus" along with a "complex hyperintense cystic lesion".
I am in the process of translating all this into English, but it looks like meniscal tears have to be treated, through therapy or surgery, and sooner rather than later.
Just as well that I had this looked at, but I am totally confused because I haven't experienced any "locking" except for a jolting pain in the knee during a simple sit-to-stand exercise two days before the exam, and never any obvious swelling.
And when I looked into causes of meniscal tears, one explanation
"Medial meniscal injuries are usually considered as either traumatic or degenerative. Whilst degenerate tears may present with a gradual history of increasing symptoms, traumatic injuries will usually occur as the knee is extended and rotated from a flexed position against resistance. This may occur as a single event during a sporting endeavor or during a period of unaccustomed squatting such as laying flooring or playing with children. The most commonly injured area is the posterior horn."
(Google: "Medial Meniscus Syndrome" "Stephan Joseph"
While Googling "Meniscal Tear Patterns - Radsource" will bring a decent explanation and images of "complex" meniscal tears.
Sounds close to the injury that brought on the ligament/tendon pain and the MRI.
But I'm still confused, because if anything the left "OK" knee has a "clicky" crepitus while the right has a smoother, audible "crickly" crepitus, and I've actually had the left lock/fail once during therapy.
And still no apparent reason for the ligament/tendon irritation.
Dazed and confused here. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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