Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by aikiMac, Apr 10, 2008.
Will anything short of surgery repair a torn meniscus? It's a long tear, too.
Unfortunately I suspect not. Because of the tear... if it's left unattended to the change of problems in the joint due to scar tissue probably goes very high. I really doubt it's something that would benefit from massage or pressure/trigger points. Because it's vital for the smooth functioning of the joint... I doubt anything short of surgery would sort it out.
Slip's right. Having the surgery myself, I found the pain (really more of a bother) completely gone. My knee cap would also "grap" the lose part of the meniscus and cause irritation. Nothing but surgery and clean up would have taken care or it.
Here's a handy little article that sort of gives a good overview of the issue:
It seems that these days surgery for a torn meniscus and recovery from the surgery is a fairly common and relatively non invasive affair.
I've had that surgery too.
So long as it's not a crazy tear, after surgery you'll be able to walk out of the hospital (albeit with a bad limp), 2 - 4 weeks you'll be walking pretty much normally and within 4 - 6 weeks you should be able to run again.
My advice would be have the surgery and get into physio immediately afterwards. I waited until about week 2 before going to a physio and had a few complications which he reckoned he could have dealt with or minimised if I'd seen him sooner (a bit of scarring in the muscle).
Hope you get it see to soon.
I tore my lat meniscus a while back. I needed surgery to repair it.
I had an op for a torn meniscus last year.
I was walking (hobbling!) within two hours of waking up.
But it's still not completely right, and I'm wondering if I'll need another...
I had arthroscopic knee surgery 3 times for a torn meniscus - 2X on one knee and once on the other. I'm still kickin.
Well surgery can mean more than one thing. These days you can have the tear re-attached but that may mean up to 6 weeks on crutches and progressive rehab as you go along.
Otherwise after surgery to remove a piece of the cartilage you are dealing with the aftereffects of a mild trauma to the knee and like any other will heal relatively quickly if you do the normal rehab things.
Good site to look at for knee stuff is 'thekneeguru' which is associated with the Droitwich Knee clinic here in England. I had a guy from the National Ski Team tear a ligament and he was sent straight to this place because of their reputation/skill level.
Arthroscopic Knee surgery
Don't be apprehensive about the possibility but make sure you get two opinions. I have had 3 athroscpic knee surguries fo miniscus tears. I never spent a moment on crutches and was working out at full capability within 3 weeks.
There was some PT involved albeit minimal. I'm 59 & still kickin. Take a little time and check it out. A lot of apphrehension is involved in the unknown. Just do it if the surgeons prescibe it and it will probably be less inconveniences than you imagine.
A bit of OT but how do you tear a meniscus ? Yes i'm a injury fobic.
Athletics. Excessive pressure on the joint, as from twisting, can tear the cartilage cushions and/or the ligaments.
like "the football knee" ?
Ouch! i really do hope it heals on its own, or that your surgery is successful if you choose that path. I had an accident at work last year, i ended up tearing my MCL and meniscus. Luckily, there tears weren't severe enough to require surgery but i had PT for about 4 weeks.
Separate names with a comma.