MCL Tear – 73 days

My last update on my MCL, hopefully.  It’s now been nearly 11 weeks since my injury and I hitting my stride (literally and figuratively).

As of this weekend I am clear to do whatever I want, at least from the Doc.  My lovely wife isn’t quite there on soccer and certain criteriums.

The knee feels better than before I injured it, which leads me to believe that I may have had a partial tear for a long time.  I still have random pains in my MCL area and other spots around both knees.  I think a lot of it is breaking up scar tissue and my support ligaments/muscles getting sorted out.   My knee is stiff if I don’t move it a lot and every so often my knee feels odd.

I can run 6 miles pain free.  I can ride my bike pain free.  I can play tennis with my kids.  I can swim all the different strokes without pain.  I have full range of motion, with some tightness on the quad stretch.

Am I healed?  No.  It can feel loose sometimes and have strange pains.  I suspect I will have occasional pains and a lot of work to do strengthening the support for my knees for a while.  However, as an active person, I don’t know what it feels like to not have little pains on a regular basis.  So, I suppose it is back to business as usual.  Just got to work on the wife about the soccer and those crits.

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