About a month ago I was using the leg press machine in the gym, moderate weight, something I've done many times before, and heard a little click in my left knee - must've had my foot twisted a bit. As the moderate pain and feeling of fullness persisted, about two weeks later I went to see my orthopod friend, and he diagnosed a moderate medial meniscus tear. No MRI yet. It hasn't felt any worse in the ensuing month, but no better either. Ski weather in SEPA has been lousy, almost as bad as last year, so I really haven't missed anything, but now I'm afraid to make one last March trip to VT because I think that trying to ski might make it feel a lot worse. I've put about 30 miles in on the road bike in the last couple of days without too much trouble, and a little ibuprofen, but I'm wondering if it's going to feel like this forever. I'm not interested in surgery, since the rehab protocol seems to be as long and elaborate as it was for my ACL graft (other leg).
What I want to know: has anyone tried the "alternative" therapies advertised on the web, like cold compression and heated braces?