/ Meniscus tear (cartilage)
Ouch. I did mine about 16 years ago and had to have a tag trimmed off - arthroscopy et al. I was in a huge bandage for about three days, then hobbling on crutches for a while. I seem to recall that it took a couple of weeks before I was reasonably mobile again. It's been right as rain ever since, mountains, cycling, OMM etc but....
This morning, I went to see an ortho surgeon because the same knee is playing up - not as bad as before, but not right. MRI scan for me. We'll wait and see what happens.
UNfortuately yes... I did mine skiing 2 years ago, along with the ACL and MCL ligaments. You need to do the RICE - rest ice compression elevation and get an MRI scan ASAP which will give an indication of damage but isn't exact.
Your muscles will start to waste pretty quickly so to help avoid that you need to learn how to do Static quad exercises to keep the quad muscle firing which is basically yensing and untensing the muscle. A physio will help you do that so go see your GP and egt a physio referral and they will be able to advise you on what you can be doing while it settles down a little.
But fear not.. theres no reason you shouldn't get back to doing everything and more! feel free to PM if you want more info, I have turned into a bit of a knee geek over the last couple years!!!
Learn about the structure of the knee - there is loads on the internet about cartilage and ligament injuries, but Chester Knee Clinic has a good site with loads of info - www.kneeclinic.info/index. That way when you go back next week to see the orthopod you will understand much more what hes talking about and what the options are.
How did it happen? Is it giving way when you say buckling or locking up? Obviously you can't diagnose over a forum but if it is completely giving way that is a sign of ligament damage as well. its pretty important to minimise any more buckling etc as this risks further injury (what I did!)
Ouch. I'm not going to try and diagnose that. It made mine hurt more just reading it - best I man up and stop bleating! Hope it sorts itself out.
There's a lot of stuff on there - mind you, quite a few of the photos did seem to have involved sawing the patient's leg off first. I'm hoping for something a little less invasive. Ideally - 'I know you've been keeping it until it gets better; well, keep it a bit longer'. That would do nicely thank you
Sorry at work so can't really write much more now. Use the brace to support when moving around on it for now, but make sure when you have the leg up that a) you have it completely straight so that you keep full extension if possible and b)keep it moving within the limits of pain so that it doesn't completely stiffen up.
Always within the limits of pain though - thats really important. Take ibuprofen and paracetamol as theres no point in being in discomfort but icing 4 times a day for 15mins and keeping it elevated will deal witht he pain and swelling much more effectively.
From what my consultant told me they can't really be sure until they look in the knee during an arthroscopy. An MRI helps alot and by doing various tests (Lachman and Pivot Shift) they can feel whats going on.
Chin up its gets better pretty quickly. I was walking around after 10 days with out that brace thing.
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