I saw an orthopedic doc today. The good news is the leg is still stable, meaning the ACL held up.
The bad news, he said, is that I can't straighten my leg out flat--fully extend it, so that if I were sitting on the floor, I would be pressing the back of the knee against the floor.
I told him the reason I can't straighten out my leg is because it hurts! But he's worried something might have gotten knocked loose and be interfering with the mechanics. That would NOT be a good thing, even if it's far less extreme than an ACL injury.
I'm thinking it may just be the fluid and swelling from the injury that is keeping me from fully extending my leg.
I'll get an MRI Monday night, and a few days later I'll get see this doctor again.
My wife said to me this morning that she's concerned about "this pursuit of health that leads to injuries."
In my mind was the Bob Dylan line, "You're gonna make me give myself a good talking to." I need to find out how serious this injury is. But it does make me think about changes like declining to spar with teens who are nimble enough to kick me in the head. And it also makes me wonder about taking up fitness boxing, where you don't have as much impact, twisting and other stress on the legs.
Meanwhile, my old Cryo-cuff, from my ACL operation, is on, backwards, cooling off the back of my knee.
I'll just have to wait for a week to see what the doctor says, and then consider what to do next. I hope it's not serious.