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Offline haydockman

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Possible torn meniscus
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:21:42 PM »
About three weeks ago, I was walking round the supermarket and I felt pain in my left knee, which has not gone away. Also when I cycle I can hear a very audible clicking under the left knee cap and it is painful, the physio thinks I've torn the cartilage and there's not much she can do, should I stop cycling, which would be a pity as it helps keep the weight off, and does this sound like I'll need an arthroscopy?

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Re: Possible torn meniscus
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 07:39:04 PM »
Get a referral to a knee specialist and an an MRI if needed.

Can you bend and straighten fully even if its sore and clicks? If so, I'd leave alone, avoid surgeon if at all possible. There should be no reason not to cycle but get the specialist to advise

How old are you? Tearing the meanisus without trauma suggests degenerate tissue

Good info here http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/primers/meniscus
« Last Edit: May 12, 2017, 07:44:18 PM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Possible torn meniscus
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 08:41:34 PM »
Hi thanks for your reply,
Yes I can fully straighten leg and bend it, I am 54 so degenerative does sound likely, I thought though that cycling was good for the quads it does make a loud clicking sound, when I cycle! Thanks for the link.

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Re: Possible torn meniscus
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 09:18:45 PM »
Try to see a private sports physio who has a specialist interest in cycling, get their thoughts, especially about getting all the leg muscles in balance, not just the quads, flutes, hamstrings, calves, and your core

Problem if the meniscus is degenerate, an arthroscopy will only remove the torn bits and then it may well just tear again, esp if there's arthritis which is also potentially likely at 54

If the clicking isn't painful, I wouldn't worry too much. My torn up knee cracks every time I move!
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Possible torn meniscus
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 02:03:55 AM »
do you have any updates as to you decision?