I am so glad I found this website. I am a 33 year old male. I had knee surgery on December 21, 2006. The surgeon (1) partially removed my mensicus due to a lateral meniscus tear (degenerative) in my right knee, (2) shaved down some thickend plica and (3) removed a cyst.
For two days after surgery, I stayed in bed with the leg elevated and iced it. After that I went backt to work (office job, so walking to and from metro station). A week and a day after surgery I started physical therapy. After seven session over two and half weeks, I felt fine and was released from physical therapy. At three weeks, I went for a run for one and a half miles. At three and a half weeks, I ran another mile and a half.
This past Saturday (exactly four weeks and two days after surgery) I resumed playing soccer with my men's amatuer team. We played for two hours outdoors. I felt great. I iced my knee down as a precaution and took some ibuprofen that night. I took Sunday off. Monday night (last night), we had an indoor game. It was early, so a bunch of ours guys couldn't get off work in time for the first half, which forced me, due to lack of subs, to play the entire 24 minutes straight. I played about half of the second half (12 - 15 more minutes). My knee started to hurt near the end of the game. I iced it last night and popped some more ibuprofen.
Well, today it kind of hurts. I am hoping that this is just normal pain associated with getting back into my previous level of activity. I can still fully extend and straighten my leg. It feels fine as I type this but if I sit here for a half an hour and then get up it feels sore when I walk and it aches a little. It seems slightly sensitive to weight bearing. I have a little soreneess in the front lower portion of my knee (around the patella?) when I straighten after its been bent for several minutes.
Basically, I am looking for reassurance that this is normal and that I didn't overdo it this past few days.