The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: zerostatic on December 01, 2010, 05:31:42 AM

Title: medial knee pain
Post by: zerostatic on December 01, 2010, 05:31:42 AM
I hurt my knee about three weeks ago during a Judo class, I have pain along the medial aspect of my right knee. The pain is very low probably a 1 on a 1 - 10 scale unless I do anything that replicates the position my knee was in during the original injury. I've had a physical therapist do an assessment and she said it was either a grade 1 mcl sprain or a meniscus tear. I wanted to see if there was any tests I could do my self to see if it is indeed a meniscus tear. I also wanted to know that if the tear is in the area that will heal, about how long it would take to heal by it self.

Thank you.
Title: Re: medial knee pain
Post by: Kimberly 77 on December 01, 2010, 03:24:13 PM
As far as any test you could do yourself, you can look up techniques that orthos use, like the lachmans test ect. But these are much more accurate when a Dr. is doing them. A torn meniscus usually will be associated with some kind of catching or locking sensation when moving the knee, however some people just have pain. A routine menicus repair is  usually a quick recovery, most people on here say about 10 days on crutches and about a month to be fully back. Everyone is different and heals different so it may take longer for others. I had a scope done in Aug. and am still in lots of pain, I don't think my surgery was much of a sucess though. Good Luck!
Title: Re: medial knee pain
Post by: emzobe on December 21, 2010, 09:53:35 PM
If you have an MCL sprain, some type of brace (I had the DonJoy Playmaker brace) would help support it while healing. I have had severe medial knee pain (much higher than 1 on a scale of 1-10, more like a 7 or 8 all the time), with no meniscus tear, but there still could be soft tissue inflammation or another underlying problem. I would continue to do physical therapy and try modalities to get any type of inflammation out from the initial knee injury. I had what was considered "minor" knee surgery in October, but am still on the long road to recovery, so if you can, I would definitely try to take a non-operative and conservative approach before considering knee surgery. Good luck!