Dr. Johnson explains if it is normal when a woman's knee continues to "pop" after anterior cruciate ligament surgery.
Generally, if their knee pops, or another term that your doctor will commonly ask you is about mechanical symptoms. What do we as physicians mean by that? Does your knee pop? Does your knee click? Does your knee catch? Did the patient give the double fist sign again? So in general, a lot of those things we do not want to see after ACL surgery.
So if the patient is four to six months after ACL surgery, and there’s a general feeling that, “You know, Dr. Johnson, it seems to be doing okay, but I keep feeling this click on the inside of my knee,” or “It catches whenever I am turning the corner to exit my office or I am getting out of the chair.” That to us is a little bit of concern. And it could be maybe you had a meniscal tear that we didn’t quite see. Maybe you have an articular cartilage problem. So we do watch for those mechanical symptoms in the first year after the ACL surgery.
About Dr. Johnson, M.D.:
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles and his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Johnson is currently Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky. His clinical interests include arthroscopy, knee and shoulder reconstruction and the double-bundle procedure for ACL repair.
Dr. Johnson was named among the Top Doctors for Women by Women’s Health magazine in 2008.