Hi, I’m Adam and my left knee has a problem.
Here’s a brief history to the earliest occurence of anything that could have caused this:
December - sprain left ankle and as I train through it I start noticing fluid on top of my kneecap.
January - it goes away mostly, but in a championship indoor lacrosse game (we won), I dive to go for a check, and sort of, well, miss, and land my knee on the turf. It has turf burn at this point. The kneecap didn’t do anything strange, so I wasn’t worried about it at all.
Later in that day I decided I was too pooped to train, so I just sat and began enjoying NFL playoffs. Within an hour my knee was very stiff and sore in flexion.
For about, I’d say, the rest of the month, it was pretty stiff until it got warm. Stiff enough to make a difference when running beyond 60%.
Until last night
The knee slowly but surely got better every day. However, I could always feel something at full flexion or if pressure was put on it from the left side of the lower leg, as in sitting in class with my left leg up on the other, foot above knee. The worst I could make it feel was by flexing it fully and then putting weight on it, i.e. stretching my quad on the floor
Playing hockey, I get tripped and take a mild spill. It immediately goes sore, and was very stiff for about 30 seconds, then it loosened up. It remained sore but it was 100%.
My school’s trainer has told me I have fluid buildup. My questions are:
Is this possibly a torn meniscus? The stiffness worries me, but it doesn’t seem THAT severe.
If it is just fluid buildup, what should I do to get rid of it?
I’m willing to do what it takes, I can’t have my knee get stiff every time it takes a little bump.
Thank you all for any contributions.