Mine is a lateral meniscus tear. Was having very slight symptoms a few months ago, seemed to go away almost completely, then came on strong about a month ago. Got MRI results today. Good days and bad days, and since it's had an improving "trend" over the last month, I'm thinking about giving it time before I let them scope it.
Mon Feb 20 2012, 08:18 PM #1
Had a meniscus tear? Experiences/advice appreciatedGO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mon Feb 20 2012, 08:27 PM #2
Mon Feb 20 2012, 08:58 PM #3
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Mon Feb 20 2012, 09:24 PM #4GO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tue Feb 21 2012, 09:26 AM #5
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My wife uses one to play tennis -- holds her kneecap in place. Has had no problems
Tue Feb 21 2012, 09:53 AM #6
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With mine it had gotten to the point that it felt like my leg was falling off every time I walked. 2 small incisons. Also will depend on how much cartilege damage they will have to clean up sicne some gets frayed when the meniscus tears.
And it's a high probability it will happen again...so if you can tolerate it/manage it..skip the surgery.
Tue Feb 21 2012, 10:35 AM #7
I had one in 2003, the result of a corporate tug-o-war competition. The Dr. said the meniscus has the ability to repair itself, but age plays a big factor in that. He said someone in their early 30's should be able to let it heal on its own. He said I may or may not have that ability at age 38, but I decided to let it rest. It would get better for a period of weeks or months, and then I'd re-aggravate it by doing something stupid (like squatting), and I was feeling like I kept going back to square one. But I was determined to give it a fair shot. The tear was about .8 inches, and it didn't bother me just to walk or run straight ahead. but anything else was excruciating.
So, after I figured out what not to do, it took about 4-5 months of not re-aggravating it at all, before I'd say it was fine. I have not had a setback with it now in about 6 years, knock on wood; I don't know if that means it repaired itself, or if I've just been lucky...
Tue Feb 21 2012, 10:53 AM #8
Good timing on this post. I was all set for the surgery in a few weeks. I think a second opinion is in order after reading this thread.
Has anyone here heard the term "flap flipped?"
I was told my meniscus is torn in multiple places and they "think" one of the flaps flipped. If it did, I certainly felt it!!
I also talked to the DR about braces. He actually said he wasn't a fan, and said they offer a false sense of security. I've been wearing one occasionally and couldn't tell you of it helps or not.
I also have a partially torn ACL, but he feels that's an old injury and doesn't plan on addressing it at this time.