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Meniscular tear

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I hit myself with a tennis racquett in my right knee a month ago and now I have been diagnosed with meniscular tear and sceduled for operation next friday. Its on the inside part of my knee and rotational movements are painfull. For example, lying on my back and someone grabs my foot and twists it hurts like hell, othervise no real pain or anything. Any thaughts on this? Must be many here at epic with same sort of injury. Should I go ahead with the operation and how soon will I be able to ski again. They only make two small holes in the knee after epidural tranquilizer. They cut out the lose part of the meniscus and send me home the same evening with the reccomendation that I should walk and exersise my knee straight away but without any serious load for one week.
post #2 of 15
I believe you mean meniscal tear. MANY threads on this topic already. Have the surgery, go do six weeks of hard physical therapy and if nothing else is wrong you'll be back out there before the season's halfway done!
post #3 of 15
Bonni had this done in late September, I'm sure she'll chime in. In her case at least, she was doing very well in less than a month without PT. That was hers tho---.
post #4 of 15
Do it now. If they're saying 'you should walk and exercise your knee straight away but without any serious load for one week', then your tear isn't a radical tear that requires lots of heavy physical therapy like some tears require.

Listen to your doctor. If he says take it easy for a week, then you're golden.
post #5 of 15
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Thanks guys and gals for your good, encouraging and comforting feedback. Its not a big tear so Im lucky but this comes at a bad time since I just started a new ski school and need to work my butt off.

Why is the back side of my knee very sore? The tear is on the inside of my right knee but the back side were the knee bends is hurting when I straighten out my knee.
post #6 of 15
I just had a meniscus tear trimmed on Oct. 20th, less than 3 weeks ago. One thing, the doctor won't know for sure all that's wrong until he's(she's?) in there with the scope. In my case, he also discovered tearing of the articular hyaline cartilage, which is the hard cartilage on the end of my femur. That wasn't good news for the future as it's a precursor to osteoarthritis. Anyway, the soreness, and I presume some stiffness behind the knee is from a Baker's Cyst which is essentially the accumulation of fluids that came about as a result of the injury. It will dissipate into the body over a little time. Nothing to worry about.

As for time until activity, I was on a stationary bike on day 4 and, at this point, feel I'm at about 90%. I could ski today but I wouldn't want to go off-piste just yet. I think that in about another 2 weeks or so, I would be fully mogul-ready. I'll also add that I'm probably done running and am definitely not going to jump any tables in the terrain park (which is how I think I injured myself in the first place). Essentially what my doctor told me is that I can do anything I want so long as I can tolerate the pain. Structurally, my knee is fine and is as good as it will be at any time in the future. My guess is that if you get it trimmed, you'll be skiing in a month. Now if it's a sutured repair, that could be an entirely different story....
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post
I hit myself with a tennis racquett in my right knee a month ago and now I have been diagnosed with meniscular tear and sceduled for operation next friday.
Let me start off by saying I am not in the medical field and have no training or qualifications, but I have to ask how you can possibly cause a meniscus tear by hitting your knee with a tennis racquet? I can see maybe chipping the patella, or bruising the bursar sac, but with an impact and no hyperextension or twisting, is it possible to damage maniscus? Sorry, but I had to ask.
Many people have a minor tear in the meniscus show up on an MRI, but do not have any pain or symptoms.
Pain in the back of the knee is often indicative of ACl injury, but it could just be from swelling or a dozen other explanations.
If the surgery is arthroscopic, and they only have to clean up cartilage, you should be back on skis in no time.
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Originally Posted by 2-turn View Post
Let me start off by saying I am not in the medical field and have no training or qualifications, but I have to ask how you can possibly cause a meniscus tear by hitting your knee with a tennis racquet? I can see maybe chipping the patella, or bruising the bursar sac, but with an impact and no hyperextension or twisting, is it possible to damage maniscus? Sorry, but I had to ask.
Many people have a minor tear in the meniscus show up on an MRI, but do not have any pain or symptoms.
Pain in the back of the knee is often indicative of ACl injury, but it could just be from swelling or a dozen other explanations.
If the surgery is arthroscopic, and they only have to clean up cartilage, you should be back on skis in no time.
That is exactly what my insurance company told me: its not possible to hit you knee so hard it tears the meniscus. However, my knees have been in perfect shape until the accident and my left knee still is. Im righthanded and I was reaching for a onehanded backhand. For some odd reason I managed to step my right foot too far forwards and in the way of my swing. The butt of the racquett hit my knee with full force. Look at video below taken of me a few days before the accident:
http://sports.topeverything.com/defa...nt&ID=DA271861

In the first segment the last backhand, 5 strike I think it is, you can se that the butt of the racquett passes extremly close to my knee. Wait for the slowmotion.

My knee was in perfect shape before the accident, it hurt like hell when it happened and the pain symptoms are exactly the same now as just after the accident. The MRI doesent show any other damage to my knee than the slightly torn lateral meniscus. As Gold Member so rightfully pointed out there is a Bake'rs Cyst on the back side but other than that no visual injuries. I can see that the insurance company suspects that I am trying to blame the injury on the tennis racquett accident but thats not how it is. Surgery is sceduled for next friday.
post #9 of 15
After your surgery, RICE RICE RICE religiously! (Rest, ICE, Compression, Elevation)
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bonni View Post
After your surgery, RICE RICE RICE religiously! (Rest, ICE, Compression, Elevation)
Im supposed to get out of the hospital same afternoon... but then what? Do I need a knee support and cold gel? Should I stay in bead with my feet up in the air? If so, for how long?
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How long is different for each case. Here is something very, very, very, very important. DO NOT put the pillow under the knee. It will cause the knee to stay in a flexed position, and it will be a real b***h to straighten. Although it does not feel as good, keep the pillow under your feet.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
How long is different for each case. Here is something very, very, very, very important. DO NOT put the pillow under the knee. It will cause the knee to stay in a flexed position, and it will be a real b***h to straighten. Although it does not feel as good, keep the pillow under your feet.
good advice LM, bending is easy, getting to straight is a B%tch.... Also Physical Therapy wouldn't hurt.... much....
post #13 of 15
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Thanks for the tip.
post #14 of 15

Had mine done in June

June 23 I had a scope on my lefty knee for a medial meniscus tear.

Checked into the hospital at 7 Am and walked out at 11:30 am. BUT don't let that fool you. 2-3 days stay off your feet. Lots of ice and follow the simple exercises they give you. After about 4 days you can hit the bike.

Although arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, it is invasive and you will get swelling. I had swelling for 4-5 weeks. My knee would swell up if I did anything too strenuous (ie walk a golf course). The surgery was more traumatic than the injury itself, although I am told my fall was something to watch. Four cartwheels down a double black in Quebec last January.: : :

My surgery was in June, and my knee is really just coming around now. I am back to running. Having said this, I had a lazy summer playing golf in cart. I started back on a serious exercise regime in mid September.

As noted the surgery was more traumatic than the injury. Case in point, I took my fall in mid-late January and skied the rest of the season. There were a few tylenol involved, but I got my season in.

If you can manage it, you might consider waiting until the spring. Otherwise, you will lose the early part of ski season and possibly more without luck, a good physio and a serious exercise regime.
post #15 of 15
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Artroscopy on my knee was made yesterday. It was a much bigger operation than I had expected since they used epidural tranquilizer. I was also heavily drugged and dont remember much. They had a hard time getting that needle into my spine since my lower back is so stiff but skillfull as they are it didnt hurt a bit and I soon lost my leggs and surgent came in. He sat down behind a white sheet they had put up and I remember asking when he was going to start. A nurse took the sheet down and turned a screen so I could see what was going on and the doc told me he was in and well under way. After that I dont remember much......

The doctor called me in the evening and told me everything had gone fine. He had been able to take out all the bits and peaces floating arround and he told me I should be well under way on my feet in a couple of weeks but to take it easy in the beginning. I didnt take any painkillers when I got home and Im still out of pain. Strange! I was told my knee would be swelling and that it would be aching. Non so far.

BTW, my wife is a strong believer in homeophatic medicine and gave me a dose of arnica C200 before the surgery and C1000 after. Maybe that had something to do with it.

I will keep you posted. Im so happy this thing is over and thanks to you all for being there with me .

Hugg

Tom
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