Minnesota Timerwolves PG, Ricky Rubio appears to have hyper-extended the left knee in an attempt to double-team Kobe Bryant in last night’s game. Fears linger at a possible ACL tear. An MRI for the knee is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th, 2012 to rule out a fracture and confirm, if there is any soft tissue damage. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is probably the most accurate test for diagnosing a torn ACL without actually looking into the knee. In an acute (sudden) injury, the swelling is a good indicator too. A good rule of thumb that ortho surgeons use is that any tense swelling that occurs within two hours of a knee injury usually represents blood in the joint, or a hemarthrosis. If the swelling occurs the next day, the fluid is probably from the inflammatory response.
Aspirating(or draining as much fluid as possible) gives relief from the swelling and provides useful information to your doctor. If blood is found when draining the knee, there is about a 70 percent chance it represents a torn ACL. This fluid can also show if the cartilage on the surface of the knee joint was injured. A doctor can determine how badly the ACL was injured and whether other knee ligaments or joint cartilage were injured too. If Rubio get surgery, he will probably be involved in a progressive rehabilitation program for four to six months after surgery to ensure the best results. This is a big blow for fans and fantasy owners alike.
In other Minnesota news, Center, Nikola Pekovic (ankle) returned to action Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting (9-of-10 from the foul line) with 13 rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes. With starting Center, Kevin Love, currently OUT, due to back spasms and Pekovic getting more minutes on the floor, the injury to Ricky Rubio (knee) is a BIG concern because of the easy buckets Pekovic gets from him. Rubio’s absence will really affect this team’s offensive numbers and fantasy league rosters in multiple CATS, therefore fantasy owners should continue to monitor Rubio for the remainder of the season.