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ACL diagnosis advice

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hi looking for some advice.

I hurt my knee skiing at the weekend and was planning to go to a physio but wondering if I should be going straight to my GP or local private health centre ?

I did my left knee acl playing football about 7 years ago, although the pain was similar to when I did my left knee, the pain and swelling since is not as bad.

Just wondering if an MRI is the only way to diagnose or should a physio be my first stop ?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
I'm a week away from an mri on a suspected "acl fecked right off" jobbie... The advice I was given by some rather helpful snowheads was to get in the system as soon as possible, in my case a visit to a&e where they set the ball rolling that day.

I'm speaking second hand knowledge here and am in no way a medical anything, and your situation may not match mine, but until someone who knows comes along at least it's some info.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?

Sorry to hear your news.
Mostly the knee will swell within and hour or so - but not always.
A scan may be useful but not to diagnose the ACL - its to assess the joint surfaces and meniscii.
You need to see a doctor who is capable of examining your knee properly.
Some physios are good at the diagnosis but this is not universally the case.

Joanthan Bell
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Thanks all. I'll try a physio but get to doctor sooner rather than later.
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As I was advised via this erstwhile forum, the best route to a quick specialist in the UK is an A&E or a 'walk-in' knee/ortho/fracture clinic if you have one. GPs will refer but it's likely to be a wait. My walk-in knee clinic would only see me straight away if I had MRI already (which I did). You can get these done privately in some places if you want them (I have no expertise on whether they are useful or not though many seem to favour them).
It depends on how bad your injury appears to be, I suppose, and what outcome matters to you, and how long it takes to heal (or not). Clearly you're 4/5 days down the line now, so not an emergency, but maybe a chronic or slowly-resolving issue?
I would second the physio route as long as it's a physio with specialist knee and sports injury expertise. A physio was my first port of call before I got near a knee specialist doctor. They can do the same physical tests and assessments, just not x-rays or MRIs - but can advise you if they think the latter are necessary. Good luck.
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