First question you should always ask is did I hear a pop in my knee? If the answer is yes, then we go down a specific set of questions and investigation. If the answer is no, then there is another route of investigation we would go.
When someone says, I heard a pop in my knee. The next questions to ask is, how did it happen, were you cutting, planted, twisted, hit from the side or straight on, etc.
When did it begin to swell? Did your knee begin to swell immediately, did the knee start swelling 24 hours after injury, 12 hours after.
Can you walk on it, can you bend your knee, have you had a recent concussion?
The next phase after asking all the right questions is to perform a series of tests. During this phase of testing, is the knee ligaments. The tests will provide tons of information into answering if we are dealing with a sprain/strain or possible tears, or is it more of a meniscus tear in the knee. Openly honest here, do these tests have 100% reliability, no they don't always. There are some errors, but that is why we do not rely solely just on this during our testing phase. If there is laxity beyond the normal. It is typical and very common practice to refer out for an MRI.
The reason for an MRI is to provide definitive answers as to if its a torn ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscus, etc. If there is a tear, is it full thickness, small tear, or micro-tearing.
Now comes 3 major options based on the results from everything leading up to this point.
1. Surgery - When should I go in for knee surgery?
2. Rehab - Think Physical Therapy, icing, exercises, stretches, etc.
3. Adjustments - Tibial rotation, Tibial and Femoral misalignment, feet, hips, low back, etc.
Maybe a combination of or possibly all three. That is why we specialize in knee injuries. As a premiere sports chiropractor in San Diego as well as experience serving as a team chiropractor for professional teams, high schools athletics, as well as being a former high school and collegiate athlete, we get it.
If you are an athlete, our job as your San Diego Chiropractor, is to get you back on into the game as soon as possible. If you are a weekend warrior, we want to get you back out there ASAP as well, even if you are neither, we still want to get you back to living life all out!
Gonstead Family Chiropractic
Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Chiropractor in San Diego