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Knee pain ACL injury
I had hurt my right knee while playing 3 years back, and the MRI at that time had shown high grade partial tear of ACL and grade 2 signal in meniscus. I wasn't suggested surgery and after resting for around 4 months, I was back to playing tennis. i hurt the same leg about 2 months back while playing football and the current MRI says "intrasubstance fluid collection in proximal 1/3rd of ACL suggestive of ganglion". I am currently doing physiotherapy and having tablet tendosave. Still after 7 weeks, there is excruciating pain while straightening the knee in the morning, but the pain becomes less during the day. Still not able to jump and run. Should I wait for 1 more month before talking to my doctor about surgery or will it heal automatically?
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Quadriceps strengthening exercises- Quad Clenches: Lie flat on your back or sit upright on a chair with leg kept horizontally on another surface. Now, tighten the muscle on the front of the thigh by pushing your knee down. You should feel your thigh muscles clench, Hold for 3 secs. Repeat 10 times twice a day. Short Arcs: Lie flat on your back or sit upright with your leg placed horizontally on a flat surface like a chair or bed. Place a rolled up towel under the knee. Pull your toes towards you and clench you thigh muscles. Slowly lift your foot up off the bed until your knee is straight (keep your knee resting on the towel). Hold for 3 secs and slowly lower them on the chair. Repeat 10 times twice a day. Straight Leg Raise: Lie flat on your back. One leg and knee will be straight and other leg should be bent. Pull your toes towards you and tighten/clench the muscle on the front of the thigh, locking your knee straight. Lift your foot up in the air, about 6 inches off the bed. Hold for 3 secs and slowly lower the leg. The knee must remain straight the whole time you are doing this exercise.
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You should consult an Orthopedic surgeon immediately without wasting more time.
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Depending on Orthopedic diagnosis and treatment, you can start physiotherapy treatment again.
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Consult a sports physio for rehabilitation.
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