Monday, July 7, 2008


My ACL is fine. I think.

Last week my knee felt great. It felt like it did before the surgery. My movement during karate class felt "right" for the first time in 14 months. It was cause for a celebration.

Now, my knee feels weird. When my knee is at 90 degrees and I raise it to extension, along the outside edge of my kneecap there is a popping sensation. My knee is stable, full ROM, no pain or swelling. Who knows? This may have been doing this all along and I never noticed.

Maybe I did too much last week. I think R.I.C.E. is in order.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like the joint is fine. I've got all kinds of crackling sounds and a recurrent popping feeling in my injured knee, too. Hope yours is feeling a little better now.

BTW, how are using the mini-tramp? We have one (mainly for my 6-year-old to bounce on), but I'd love to incorporate it.

Almost 20 years ago now, a friend of mine crashed his bike into Jane Fonda's on the trail along Venice Beach in So. California. All he could say about the incident was "Man, is she in shape." All these years later and the "step" is still doing its thing.

Eloria Serenity aka Paula said...

Glad to know you are doing well, and your knee is doing well. My knee is always going snap, crackle, pop when I move so it can be odd to hear it once in a bit.

BobSpar said...

I have to say, my heart sank when I saw the title of your post. RICE sounds good; time will tell.

Michele said...

Thanks for the comments. My knee is feeling a little better. I have been taking it easy. I believe the ACL is fine but I read that it can start catching and this had me worried. It feels like something (?) is not moving around quite right. Hard to describe.

BBBlues: Initially, I use the mini-tramp to balance while I played catch. I did not have a balance board or a foam pad. Around eight months I started jumping on it. It helped strengthen my leg and my knee relearned how absorb a jump. The PT recommended this later in the rehab process. They did not want me to risk falling off the trampoline.

Paula: I do not think I will ever get used to the noises my knee makes since surgery. Ugh!

Bob: Thanks for your comment. I did not think that I would be writing about a weird feeling in my knee 14 months post-op. I pushed my knee too much last week. My knee felt fantastic last Thursday ...pre-surgery good. It started bothering me on Friday.

Hack Shaft said...


If it's any comfort, both of mine do the exact same thing! As I understand the physiology of the knee, that's typical movement of your MCL's you are noticing.

Are you still doing class brace-free?

Michele said...

Hack Shaft: Thanks. Hearing that the movement I feel in my knee is typical makes me feel better. I took it easy this week in karate and I lowered the weights at the gym. My knee feels better but tired.

Still brace-free!