Posterior Knee Pain after twelve weeks of rest!

Patient

Q: I injured my knee diving while playing softball. There was extreme pain in the back of my knee. I saw an orthopedic surgeon five days post injury and reported extreme pain with movement in the posterior motion and medial motion. I could walk with a limp. Some inflammation but little visible swelling. X rays were taken and I was instructed that I could play again when I could "walk without a limp". He instructed me to return in 2 weeks if the pain was not better. I did not return in 2 weeks because the pain had gotten better but it was different. I still had pain with posterior and medial movement but now with prolonged walking, I was experiencing a "clicking" sensation that would lead to a lot of joint pain. I went in for a follow up approx. 5 weeks after the initial injury and was instructed by a new doctor to continue to wait to see if it would get better. It has now been 12 weeks since the initial injury and I still experience pain when taking off my shoe, bending my knee in a posterior motion, when the foot is extended only, and when sitting with the foot placed in a medial direction such as Indian style. I am an extremely active person and have not been able to exercise for 3 months. What are possible causes for this type of pain?

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