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Offline aprilgirl

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help torn meniscus newbie
« on: April 14, 2008, 02:08:37 PM »
Hi Im a first timer 5 days ago I twisted and tore my meniscus Gp diagnoised, it gave way very painful and was swollen, swelling going down now. I can now straighten my leg a bit now but im terrified of trying to put any weight on it as it might give way again and put me back a few days. Could anyone advise how long I should immobolise it before I try. 16 years ago I had the same prob with the other knee after many months (NHS) I had an MRI but the Orth surg declined to operate because I have RA and quite loose joints I had physio to help strenghten everything. Im not sporty I just want to get back to walking again! Im 46 . I forgot to say the knee prob 16 yrs ago has been quite stable although i do have to be careful. thanks for reading this any advise much appreciated. 

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Re: help torn meniscus newbie
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008, 05:35:44 PM »
Hi aprilgirl ~ Sorry to hear about your troubles but five days post injury is not a very long time for your knee injury to do significant healing & are you sure what you're suffering is just a meniscal tear? An orthopedic specialist might be a better person to help you out than your GP. I'd sure see about getting to a specialist & in the meantime don't forget to use the ice. The longer you immobilize, the more your leg muscles deteriorate so I'd question not using your leg at all. Wishing you well....Ellie 
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
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Re: help torn meniscus newbie
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008, 09:58:07 AM »
Hi Im back again its been a week since the tear,It still doesnt feel secure . I can stand and walk a few steps with supprt could someone advise if I should keep slowly walking on it, rest it etc and start muscle strenthening exercise  or do a bit of everything! Im getting worried as I have a job interview in 3 days great timing eh thanks for your help

Basically i need advise on how long it will take to settle down, thanks
any advice greatfully received 

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Re: help torn meniscus newbie
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008, 06:08:43 PM »
Hi Im back again
 its been 11 days is since it happened torn meniscus, ive been doing physio on both legs to try to stop muscle wastage, but i still dont feel confident with my still unstable knee, am i just too impatient would crutches help at all?  all advice neded thanks for reading

I know in the future i will need it scanned but at the moment i just want it to settle down   

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Re: help torn meniscus newbie
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008, 08:04:10 PM »
Hi April
Crutches or a stick (cane) could help as you would be taking part of the weight off while still staying mobile. I think when I tore mine initially I was off work about 3 weeks, for the first week the pain spread from my foot to my waist (it was explained knee pain can travel both ways along your leg!) then it gradually reduced to being around the knee area which I could cope with.
Best wishes
Chris
First knee physiotherapy 1981 with intermittent pain following.
Arthroscopy for complex meniscus tear March 2006.
Right TKR 7th July 2007, left TKR 27th September 2007.
Mar 08: R 115 degrees, L 123 degrees.
July 08: R 118 degrees, L 125 degrees.
Aug 08: R 122 degrees, L 125 degrees.