I was recently diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear (confirmed by MRI) and before having surgery I went to get a second opinion. The next doctor said that because I couldn't sit easily on my heels (basically the 'pain' wasn't where he expected) he thought I might also have OA. I am only 37 and have always been very active with swimming, yoga etc. Basically i am in good shape and was hoping a meniscectomy would restore the ROM and flexibility to my knee, in addition to removing the pain. However, if I have OA also, that changes things. Basically, I might never be pain-free. I do have a fairly constant dull aching, not just in the knee, but up and down the leg. Not too bad, just tight. Is this more symptomatic of the meniscus tear, or OA?
If anyone has any similar experiences or ideas/advice, I would be very grateful.