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At the last play of last Thursday’s futsal session, as we were jostling a bit for the ball, one of my futsal buddies lost his balance and fell on the outside of my right knee.

As he went down, so did I while experiencing 3 popping sounds that is very similar to cracking knuckles, but quite a bit louder. That followed immediately a sharp pain to the ankle. I managed to stand up after a while and managed to drive home too.

Dr. Gan's office, my knee brace
Dr. Gan’s office, my knee brace (will have to wear this for a while)

I thought that it could have been a minor sprain at first, but the next day I had to drive to work in the morning when I realized that walking to & from the LRT stations was going to be too difficult.

The same morning I also discovered that I couldn’t lift my leg to the rear past 20 degree or so, and any left & right pressure was unbearable.

That was when I made the decision to seek professional help, and ended up at Damansara Specialist Hospital after getting recommendations from FA who had her ACL surgery done by  the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gan.

MRI done at Damansara Specialist Centre
MRI done at Damansara Specialist Hospital

After a bit of moving my knees around and pushing here and there, the good doctor (who specializes in knee and sports injury) arrived at the conclusion that I suffered an MCL tear from the impact.

The good news is, there’s no surgery required. I was fitted with a knee brace and prescribed anti inflammatory drugs. Total cost was RM 564

  • RM 355 for knee brace
  • RM 180 for consultation
  • RM 5 medical record service
  • RM 24 pharmacy

Pretty reasonable I think. I have a Prudential insurance but that was only for hospitalization, so this was paid out of pocket. Luckily my company does allow employees to claim outpatient medical treatments up to a certain amount. This will be covered.

MRI first impression - MCL tear
MRI first impression – MCL tear

According to Dr. Gan, MRI was not strictly necessary, but a good precaution measure to check if there’s any further damage to the knee (especially the meniscus). I opted in and made an appointment for the next day and went there with Haze.

MRI is really a wonder of modern medical technology and a direct result of our understanding in quantum physics. I was sent into the machine, the friendly staff provided blankets and even a special headphones (with air tubes delivering music instead of traditional speakers since metal doesn’t play well with the giant magnet). 20 minutes of clicking and humming sound later. I was done.

Another 45 minutes later, the results were out. The initial report: MCL tear.

MRI cost: RM 900.

I’ll have to see Dr. Gan again next week for a follow up with the MRI result, but it seems like a 4-6 months from high impact exercise and plenty of cycling is all I need to have a full recovery. Lucky I already have the mountain bike. 😀

My impression of KPJ (Damansara Specialist Hospital) is a positive one. Service was good and there is no need to run around to process payment and such. The only little problem they have there is the lack of parking space, but I guess that pretty much happens to every hospital these days.

Futsal & badminton will be on hiatus for me in the mean time.