Knee News is Good News!

I have just picked up the films from the knee MRI I had last week.

I decided I would pick them up myself as I was told that the Orthopaedic Surgeon would probably not even look at them and I didn’t feel like paying another $165 for 10 minutes anyway, so I have got the report right here.

Here’s what it says.

The menisci are normal with no changes to suggest a meniscal tear. There is a signal alteration present centrally within the fibres of the posterior cruciate ligament consistent with minor myxoid degeneration. Ligament fibres remain intact with no changes to suggest a ligament tear. The anterior cruciate ligament and medial and lateral collateral ligaments remain intact. Articular cartilage is of normal thickness and signal characteristics. No bone marrow oadema is seen.

Got that?

Here’s what I think it translates to.

There is a partial tear to the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) which has lead to a little mucoid substance (myxoid degeneration). Everything else is sweet. I’m making that up, but I am looking up these terms on the net trying to figure it out. Any Orthopaedic Surgeons out there who’d like to help?

In any case, the knee is feeling a heap better, which seems consistent with the PCL injury that footy players get who are usually back on the paddock after 6 weeks. It has just been around 6 weeks since the last time the pain occurred.

I am still a little confused as to why my knee hurt once in January and then went away, only to re-occur a month later. Here’s hoping it stays away for good!

I have some cool images of my knee now letting me see all the way through from top to bottom and side to side. I’ll try and get photos of them somehow…


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