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I fell skiing one week ago today. I felt a popping sensation in my left knee when it hit the snow...

I fell skiing one week ago today. I felt a popping sensation in my left knee when it hit the snow. I couldn't ski the following day but managed the day after that even though I couldn't bend it very well. However, a week later I still can't lock my knee out or fully bend it without feeling a lot of pain. It's also quite swollen. Is it a matter of time to repair or could it be more serious?

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The answer

Although some minor injuries, such as mild sprains and strains can often be treated at home with rest, elevation, ice therapy and compression, if your symptoms persist for more than a few days its important to get the injury assessed by a doctor. Some injury’s can be more serious than a mild strain or sprain, such as a torn ACL. The ACL is one of four ligaments in your knee and it can tear if you suddenly stop or change direction, or if you land badly from a jump. If you tear your ACL, you may hear a pop or crack at the time of your injury. Other symptoms include severe pain, unable to put much weight on it – especially going up or down stairs, swelling and loss of full range of movement. Please make an appointment with your GP or attend your local walk-in centre for further medical assessment of your injury. Further investigations may be required to obtain a diagnosis and appropriate management plan.

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