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Offline FromMunich

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Self-Healing?? Medial meniscus tear
« on: August 02, 2007, 12:40:19 AM »
Hello,

here is 1) my story 2) my question about self-healing:

1) I tore my medial posterior meniscus a year ago in the weights room (I felt that something cracked). I did not have any pain afterwards but a few weeks later, before and during a rowing event medium to intense pain started. The pain got better again, but for a year now I have not done any sports and still after any impact (like running a few meters) I have light knee pain for a week or so. I have had X-ray images taken, ultrasonic therapy and then recently an MRI, which showed a tear in the medial posterior meniscus. My doctor therefore suggested a partial removal of the meniscus. Now I will have the surgery once I am back in Germany after 2 months in the US - I figured that after more than a year, two months would not make a big difference.

2) I am wondering whether I could do anything in the two months before my surgery to make the meniscus heal by itself? The tear is very close to the edge so I think there are still blood vessels there. It has not healed during the last year, but then the leg was always weight bearing. Could I help the healing by using crutches (I have been walking without crutches slowly and with mild pain in the last year)? Would ultrasonic therapy help the healing?

Thank you very much for any answer - I would be really reliefed if I could avoid surgery :-[!

Best regards,
Stefan

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Re: Self-Healing?? Medial meniscus tear
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 01:36:57 AM »
If it hasn't healed in a year there's very little chance it will heal no matter what you do or don't do. If it's not getting a blood supply then there's no way for it to heal. Using crutches is a bad idea as it will make your muscles weaken which in turn will make your knee unstable and more prone to further injury.

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Re: Self-Healing?? Medial meniscus tear
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 06:28:05 AM »
Servus Stefan!

Schone Gre aus Oberbayern

(translation for non German speakers Hello and greetings from Upper Bavaria)

Back to English as it is the rule here

Are you back in Munich and do you have private medical insurance? If that makes two yese,s before you do anything get in touch with the Alpha Klinik in Arabella Park. Dr Tofts is the specialist there and he is pioneering techniques to conserve and replace meniscus tissue. He is making quite a reputation for himself worldwide in this field. As it sounds as if you are a serious sportsman, perhaps it is worth a visit to look at alternatives to removing more of the meniscus.

www.alpha-klinik.de


I wish he could have worked on my knee but I am not privately insured and also I suffered a work related injury and I had to be treated in the Berufsgenossenshaft system (Workers Compensation/Industrial Injuries Board for US/UK based KGs!)

Good Luck and let me know what happens! There are a couple of people here who have been or will be treated by him - they are prepared to travel from all over the world to receive treatment from him. They only have the highest praise for him.

Sue

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Re: Self-Healing?? Medial meniscus tear
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 07:28:52 PM »
Thanks for your answers, I will definitely have a look at what they can do in the clinic you recommend!
Stefan

 















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