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Question about meniscus.

post #1 of 5
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Couldn't find what I was looking for via search.

 

So I recently sustained a what my sports PT said was probably a very minor tear in my meniscus(inside one on right knee). I didn't have a MRI and she did lots of movement tests and said there is no indication of significant damage. I don't really notice it at all apart from when i squat right down or basically over extend my leg.

 

She also said it should heal within a month. I was under the impression a meniscus cannot heal since there is no blood flow? In the first week it healed pretty fast to the point where it has been for about a week, but I figured that might just be because the swelling subsided?

 

I've been given the green light to ski on it with caution, and thats been fine. But I get kind of bored skiing when I can't push myself and crash without consequences.

 

My question: Can minor meniscus injuries heal? Or heal enough for you not to notice it? I thought any tear=surgery but she has not even mentioned surgery as a possibility.

post #2 of 5

I'm not a doc, so I can't answer you question about whether the meniscus can heal itself or not, but I can relate my experience with a meniscus tear.  Without an MRI, you really can't determine the extent of the tear.  Mine was torn last year and I went to the doctor several times before they did the MRI.  Turns out after looking at it the tear was much worse than they thought, so I had it operated on.  

 

The doctor said I probably couldn't do any further damage to it if I went skiing, so I did go  a couple of months before the surgery and didn't have any stability problems, but by the end of the day it was very very sore.  The moguls in particular did a number on it with all of the flexing and compressing.

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by DHogg View Post

 

I've been given the green light to ski on it with caution, and thats been fine. But I get kind of bored skiing when I can't push myself and crash without consequences.

 

First, you might want to rethink this.  ALL crashes have the potential for consequences.

 

My question: Can minor meniscus injuries heal? Or heal enough for you not to notice it? I thought any tear=surgery but she has not even mentioned surgery as a possibility.

 

 

I don't think it is "heal" as much it is "get better".  It will not repair itself but if it is minor, it might not require surgery.  Did you see an orthopedic surgeon or is that what your primary told you?  If primary, you might want to get a referal to an OS.

 

SOME things can tear (over stretch actually) and heal (i.e. MCL) so tear wouldn't = surgery.  Even a minor tear to your ACL could go without surgery.  Surgery, in this case, is a repair and your doctor might not think it is significant enough to warrant the risk of surgery.

 

Remember, there is nothing that surgery can't make worse.

 



Heal quick,

 

Ken

post #4 of 5

From what I have been told through the litany of knee issues and runarounds I have had, minor tear at the edge of the meniscus *can* heal because the edge does see enough blood flow. Deeper, larger ones will not. Let it heal if it can, even if it means having to take it easy. Surgery should be the last option to pursue as all the ortho can do is cut out around the tear and hopefully shape it in such as way that it doesn't catch etc etc.

 

All that being said, I have very little cartilage left in my knees, and a handful of tiny scars from two arthroscopes on my left knee. It hurts to a degree every day, some better, some worse. There are a few things I just cannot do any more, like running, so I avoid those and do other things like cycling. Knowing that they will never get better, I have never let the pain prevent me from enjoying certain things like hiking and skiing. There is an element of sucking it up, but also knowing my limits.

 

Give it a chance. Hope it heals. I sure miss running.....

post #5 of 5
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I guess I thought i'd see more improvement by now. It kind of healed fast at the beginning then stopped. I did only do it 2 weeks ago.

 

I have no pain/discomfort when walking and skiing, but i am not exactly skiing the way i usually would.

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