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Title: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: robbiepapenfus on January 16, 2006, 05:10:49 PM
Hi all,

A bit about what happened..
10 1/2 months ago I injured my knee while playing soccer. I was told I would need an operation to have it sorted out. 2 1/2 months ago I had an partial menisectomy on my left knee. I had a complex tear in the lateral meniscus.. I think it was a radial tear and another sort of tear.

After going to the phsyio last Friday (2 1/2 months after my op), my range of motion, balance and strength was very good. I have also been doing lots of running, so my fitness is good.

I decided to play a football game over the weekend for the first time since injuring my knee.. 10 months ago.

I found that in the same areas where I was experiencing pain before the operation, I experience the day after my match. The pain has settled after 2 days

The main thing that has been worrying me is the pain I get when I straighten me leg as far as possible (and push down slightly on my knee). I get quite a bit of pain on the outside of the knee.. in the area of the lateral meniscus.

I am going to see my specialist in 2 weeks time, but I would REALLY love some advice from you guys.

Like:

1: Do you think i should be worrying?
2: Should I carry on playing football? There isnít much paid during the game, but a fair bit after the game for 2 days, then it settles
3: It just that its been 2 Ĺ months, surely this would be enough time for fully recover?

Many thanks,

Robbie
Title: Re: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: KarenS on January 16, 2006, 05:55:54 PM
I think 2 1/2 months is a very quick recovery, actually. I think you might've gone back to football way too soon. I would see what the doctor has to say, but in the meantime I would *not* play football -- it's a sport that's famously hard on the knees, even for those with no previous knee problems! Try to take care of yourself until your appointment. The last thing you want is to make things worse.

Hang in there, and let us know how it goes at your appointment!
Title: Re: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: robbiepapenfus on January 17, 2006, 09:33:25 AM
Thanks!

I will let you know how it goes next wednesday.

But do you really think 2 1/2 months after a menisectomy for a complex tear is to soon to return to full activities (soccer)?

I was always under the impressions it would take 4-6 weeks for full recovery?
Title: Re: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: KarenS on January 17, 2006, 02:40:48 PM
I'm no expert, but it would seem to me that even if you are "fully recovered" (meaning you have absolutely no more pain and swelling, and you can go about your day to day activities with no limitations), that doesn't mean you should jump right back into full-contact sports. After any injury, whether or not followed by surgery, there is a gradual healing process going on. So I would think that whether or not you *feel* fine at 4-6 weeks, you should only gradually be increasing your activities (such as adding in sports) to make sure your knee can handle it.

For instance, someone with pain from chondromalacia might feel 100% better after three months of PT, but that doesn't mean their knee can handle a 20-mile run right off the bat, you know what I mean?

That's just my take on it, anyway. When it comes to previously injured knees, I would always err on the side of caution. You only get one set in this lifetime, right? ;)
Title: Re: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: robbiepapenfus on January 17, 2006, 03:01:13 PM
heya,

I understand that I must get back into things gradually. but i think the main thing worrying me is the 'new' pain im getting when fully exteding my leg. its in the same area where the incisions were made. so maybe they incisions havent fully healed (internally)?

let me know what you think.

Robbie:)
Title: Re: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: KarenS on January 17, 2006, 04:04:34 PM
I couldn't even guess at that. I'm sure it could be any number of things. But I would try some rest, as well as elevating your leg and applying some ice to the area that's sore, and see if that helps while you're waiting for your appointment.

Hang in there. I know firsthand how worrisome these knee pains can be. You can really talk yourself into thinking you've ruined yourself! But I doubt that's the case. Just wait and see what the doctor has to say, and take it easy in the meantime. :)
Title: Re: 2 1/2 months later.. HELP!!
Post by: robbiepapenfus on January 26, 2006, 09:58:56 AM
Hi all,

I went to my surgen and he wasnt sure what the pain was. What i have noticed since seeing him is that the pain is where one og the incisions were made. There is also a little bit of imflamation in that area. Could this pain just be caused the inflamation in the area of the incision?

What i have been doing:

Jogging on treadmill daily
Strengthening quads and hamstrings daily.
Icing everynight, taking anti inflams.
Stretching daily (quads, hamstrings and IT band)
Having a light football session by myself at the park

Do you think im over doing it?

Cheers,

Robbie