(Closed) Meniscus Injuries?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I tore mine, but it wasn’t too bad so I wore a knee immoblizer for several weeks. That was twenty years ago and I never had to have surgery! It really depends on the extent of the damage.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My husband just has this surgery the Tuesday before Thanksgiving after several physical therapy sessions and doctor appointments.  Finally he got an mri and had a bad tear.  His got clipped altogether. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I tore mine very slightly in high school and it was able to be healed with rest and physical therapy.  I’m not sure what a pinch means though.  Might be something different.  The doctor probably wouldn’t mention surgery if you didn’t need it though.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I tore my ACL and the general practitioner said that my knee was just swollen, so I was walking on it for like 6 months! In this time, I tore my meniscus. I had to have surgery to fix both.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Just wanted to weigh in here, though it sounds like you’re doing well getting treatment from a PT already. Basically, your meniscus is a layer of cartilage in your knee that acts as a “shock absorber.” The meniscus is typically quite hard to see on MRIs and frequently a doctor cannot tell the extent of the damage until he or she goes in to repair it. A tear in the meniscus is when a piece of the cartilage lifts off the bone and tears away from the rest of the cartilage. This is why people with a true meniscus tear can have clicking or locking in the joint, because the piece of cartilage is actually getting stuck in the joint. It sounds like what your doctor described as a “pinch” could be either a minor tear or swelling that is causing pain. Surgery to repair a torn meniscus usually involves just clipping off the portion that has torn away. Unfortunately structures like cartilage and ligaments cannot heal in the same way that bones can. What your PT is probably doing is addressing structural issues with your knee that may have led you to have your injury in the first place, as well as treating your pain and strengthening your supporting muscles and structures. Hopefully this info clarifies and helps a bit, let me know if you have any questions! Smile

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Palm Event Center

I tore my meniscus after running a half-marathon in March. It’s almost a year now and I still have some pain so it’s a slow healing process. My doctor didn’t want me to go into surgery because he said the tear is very very small, and it usually heals by itself. My personal trainer also modifies exercises for me so I can still get my workout on without doing further damage to my knees.

I hope you recover soon! 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m glad you’re able to do PT!  I tore my meniscus and had surgery to repair it a few years ago.  I’ve been in and out of PT ever since, because they found I have misaligned knees in the process.  Even after rehabbing and some PT, I still found that I’d have some pain when running and when it’s cold I ache.  I really think once you injure your knee you’re in it for life.  But it gets much more manageable over time.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve had surgery twice for a torn meniscus…on the same side, in the same place.  They just clipped the tears out, but now I’m missing quite a bit.  🙁  The surgery was easy though. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had my ACL replaced and also had some meniscal repair surgery a year and a half ago. For the meniscal repair, all they did was shave it down where the tears were.

I still feel a little more instability in that knee than the other one, but in all fairness, I wasn’t as compliant in my rehab as I should have been.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Knubbsy-Wubbsy: I am not sure what you are trying to say to me. But I did eventually get diagnosed correctly by an orthopedic surgeon.

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