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cartlidge damage

post #1 of 15
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im about to go under the knife for a suspected torn meniscus in my right knee i think ive been carrying it for a long time but the knee joint feels loose and seems to knock particularly with sideways movement and is very painful when i kneel on it has anyone had similar and how did recovery go
post #2 of 15
Luckily I have never gone through any knee injury. But it is crucial that you find a Physiotherapist that is knowledgable about sports performance! All the better if they know something about skiing.

If you read a bunch of the threads one this forum, you will find out that your balance may be a bit compromised on the side of the injury. A good post rehab program after PT will be really helpful in remedying that problem!

Good Luck, and Welcome!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 08, 2002 03:45 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Lisamarie ]</font>
post #3 of 15
Assuming it's just cartilage and not an ACL tear too then you're talking about months until it feels pretty good. Lots depends on your age, fitness level, size of the tear and how healthy your cartilage is to begin with. Like Lisamarie said the most important part is getting good post surgical rehab form knowledgable enthusiastic therapists. You absolutely gotta have to do your excercises they prescibe if you want to optimize your outcome. Long term glucosamine sulfate has been shown to help some but check with your MD before you start taking it. Good luck! skidoc
post #4 of 15
Did you have an MRI done to confirm what is suspected? I had a partial tear of the MCL and a torn meniscus and chose not to have surgery. It took over a year before I was pain free, but I was able to continue skiing the entire time and am glad I went that route.
post #5 of 15
I had a similar procedure performed January 14th. I started P/T 6 days later. Three weeks post operation I was playing volleyball. 4 weeks later I skied for the first time but it was a bit painful. It wasn't until 6 weeks that the knee did not hurt to kneel on. I skied at almost 100% a week ago. The thing to remember is rest and ice and do not move for the first few days post op. PT will help with the muscle memory and motion rehab. Best of Luck.
post #6 of 15
Ummm, if you don't mind, what are the symptoms of torn knee cartilege???

I just got back from the doctor and she said I strained my MCL. I thought I may have a meniscus tear. I am still in a lot of knee pain from doing 2 days of heavy bump skiing over a week ago. I heard that as you get older, your cartilege gets more brittle and susceptible to injury. What age does this really start at?

I thought snowplowers and beginners get MCL strains. I am suspicious of the diagnosis.
post #7 of 15
The meniscus act with the lagaments as secondary stabilizers to the knee joint. They are most effective if the ligaments are undamaged. They also act as spacers between the femur and tibia, preventing friction by dispersing joint fluid. Their other function is one of shock absorption.

The symptoms of torn cartilege {or meniscus} are pain, popping, locking up, swelling at the end of the day, and limitations in either bending or staightening of the leg.

Injuries should only be diagnosed by a doctor, and treated initially by a physical therapist.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 02, 2002 08:58 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Lisamarie ]</font>
post #8 of 15

HUH? a few months post arthroscopy?

are you an orthopaedist?

when I had my right knee 'scoped, it was only 2 weeks before it felt okay again - and that was in 1983, using relatively primitive 'scoping technique.
post #9 of 15
I'm not an orthopedist but much of my work is primary care ortho. Your experience is a reflection of your age, probable high level of fitness and also the magnitude of the knee injury. There was a running back for the Seahawks years ago (Warner?) who played one week after arthroscopic for cartilage tear but he represents the extreme in fitness and ability. Many of my patients (mere mortals, 40-55y/o, not that fit) take months before reaching pre-injury status. Of course speed of recovery is highly variable and definitely attitude dependent in many cases. In my experience most people are disappointed with their rate of recovery after hearing stories of people with rapid results. Your level of fitness prior to injury is a critical factor in guestimating recovery rate. By the way, was this a typical snow year for Montana? I was thinking of trying it next yr. The main reason I'm only skiing at Whistler is convenience for Hawaii folk. skidoc [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 15

I remember Joan Benoit in the Olympics in '84 (?) ran the marathon the day after a 'scope!

This year was good for snow in Montana - but don't bet on a repeat. We had three really bad years in a row before this one. If you can make your decision in late Fall or early Winter, you will have a better handle on probable conditions here.
post #11 of 15
Who's That Girl, perpetual wedge turners are more susceptible to MCL injuries, but they are not the only ones this happens to.
As far as what age, well it depends. If theres the beginnings of arhritis, it may happen earlier. Also depends on if you workout. Remember LM said that the meniscus act with the ligaments. So if the ligaments are healthy the meniscus may be less likely to tear.
post #12 of 15

What is your definition of a scope?
A) Looking inside the knee arthoscopically
B) removing loose pieces of meniscus
C) trimming some meniscus and removing loose pieces
D) stitching meniscus together so that it heals
E) Removing entire meniscus
F) All of the above, any knee procedure is a scope
post #13 of 15
on whom, and when?

on me:

1st scope, 1983 - inspection and meniscal trimming

2d scope, 1986 (1 yr post Rt ACL recon via Slocum-Hay method) - inspection, scar tissue removal

as to others? dunno.

btw, my 1999 Lt ACL recon was done primarily with a scope and a 2" incision, anterior, starting about 3/4" from distal end of patella and centered on patellar tendon.
post #14 of 15
Different procedures take longer to recover from. If a repair is made then recovery takes longer. Since they didn't attempt meniscus repairs when you had your knee scoped the first time, the recovery was fast.

post #15 of 15
thanks, but I already knew that.

the fast rule given to me by numerous orthopods -

the more intrusive, the longer the recovery. the more poking and prodding, the longer the recovery. the longer we're in there, the longer the recovery.

that's been my experience through 5 knee surgeries, too
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