Its my left knee thats injured and it seems to pop out to the left. it will occasionally pop forward if i hit some uneven ground but im assuming thats from muscle loss as its not painful at all. a good example i can think of i was chasing a friend about a year ago he turned right hard and when i pushed hard on my left leg to make the sharp turn it just popped and i dropped lol. itll also pop occasionally if im trying to push something heavy forward with my foot. although that seems to happen more when its already agrevated.
i think i may have exadurated my problems a bit. for day to day life its fine for the most part, i get occasional discomfort from weather change, and if i stress it too hard with ladders or stairs. i work in construction and im on my feet usually 10 hours a day, with heavy lifting a lot of the time and its usually fine. Its been really painful the past few days because i have been working inside a freezer and my knee has become super loose (it cant handle the cold at all).
ive snowboarded a few times since my injury, but im not longer able to do the kind of stuff i enjoyed before it. skied out runs that are bumpy hurt my knee, and i cant do cliff jumping or kickers. i basically need fresh groomers or deep powder. groomers get boring and its hard to count on perfect powder days so i gave it up for the most part. i can run in a straight line but uneven ground and any sharp turning give me problem. used to enjoy squash, which obviously is a no go. i also cant really play soccer or beach volleyball on weekends (with putting it any effort anyways) with my friends. even playing catch with the football is pretty lame as im more or less confined to standing in one place and not being able to go for the ball very hard. id like to get back into ice hockey next winter and im worried if itll hold up.
I dont think there is major damage to my knee. im thinking a partial/full tare of the acl or the ligiment has stretched out not giving the proper support (dunno if thats possible?). like i said before the pull test comes out good for the most part so i wont know anything until i get an mri.
in the mean time would a brace help getting out there? i dont need to be back in a competitive level but it would be nice to be able to play a game of soccer with my friends and be able to actually try a bit, or turn sharply without worring about my knee popping out.
i know my gut is more from my diet then lack of activity. however my inability to do the things i enjoy has led to boredom/ minor depression which leads to an unhealthy diet. i used to never sit still and was out every day doing something, now im a couch potatoe