This is J.C.'s standard look for the past two weeks. We were hoping for news today on how to move forward, either with surgery or rehab, but instead he was just prescribed another week of locked brace, elevated leg, couch potatoism. He declared yesterday that he had surfed the entire Internet, so I'm not sure how he'll pass his time this week. I think by now he's surely seen every episode of Top Gear and Survivorman as well. He may have to move on to Oprah and Days of our Lives.
We did get more information though. Besides the torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) that should keep his knee moving in just two directions rather than three, he also has a torn PCL (posterier cruciate ligament). The PCL is what keeps your lower leg from not dropping back behind your knee.
The MCL should reattach on its own. The PCL is likely to reattach as well. If a PCL does not reattach well enough, it can be reattached surgically. As the doctor put it though, the surgery is not a "slam dunk" like it is for an ACL tear. Surgery on the PCL is technically challenging and often does not yield a perfect reconstruction, so in most cases, the results from the body's own healing (even if imperfect) equals that of a surgeon's.
The doctor wanted another week of the immobilized joint to get him from a multi-ligament injury to a single-ligament injury before evaluating how bad the PCL tear is. Hopefully by next week, his MCL will be fully reattached, and we will find out how to move forward in dealing with the torn PCL.
So for now, we'll keep trucking along with the status quo. It may look relaxing on his end, but it isn't nearly that peaceful in my world.