In November 2016 I had a sprain. My ligament tore while performing a colossal drama. I have checked with the doctor, and I have done the treatment according to the doctor’s prescription. But I don’t exercise control. Then until now, especially recently, the parts that have been injured often feel sore and experience twitching without cause. Do you think my injury is getting worse? Do I need to have my knee rechecked? Please enlighten me.
Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.
Sprain is a medical term that describes the presence of a tear in a ligament. This condition can occur in any joint area such as the knee, ankle, wrist, etc. This tear can occur as a result of a sudden change in position or injury to the area involved.
The ligament tear / sprain has 3 degrees, namely:
Grade 1: Minimal tearing (micro, generally invisible to the eye). In this condition, the condition will usually improve quickly and does not require surgery
Grade 2: Partial tear (tear visible to the eye). Consideration of operation in this condition is based on the magnitude of the tear and malfunction that occurs
3rd degree: complete tear. This condition usually requires ligament replacement / reconstruction surgery to maintain the function of the area involved for daily activities
If indeed the condition you experienced before was a sprain, the pain condition you are experiencing again could be a complication of the sprain in 2016, especially if the ligament injury you experienced at that time was quite severe.
However, the pain condition you experience can also be caused by other things and is not related to your ligament injury in the past, for example:
Knee muscle pain from too much activity
New ligament injury
Knee muscle injury (strain)
Injury to the patella or other bony structures in the knee
Inflammation of the knee (osteoarthritis)
Buildup of uric acid crystals in the knee (gouty arthritis)
To ensure your condition, you should check with an orthopedist for direct examination and if necessary, supporting examinations such as MRI, CT scan, x-ray, etc.
Things you can do at home to improve your condition and prevent worsening are to use the RICE principle, namely Rest, Ice for 15 minutes every 2 hours, Compression (with an elastic bandage or ankle support), and Elevation / slightly elevating the injured area.
Meanwhile, avoid HARM, namely heat / heating of the injured part, alcohol, running / activities on the injured leg, massage / massage.
In addition, avoid too heavy activity on the legs, eat a balanced diet, multiply fruits and vegetables, control body weight with regular exercise, limit your intake of foods that contain high uric acid levels such as offal, brain, melinjo, nuts, and so on.
That's all the explanation from me, hopefully it helps and is useful :)
dr. Princess Claudya