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Offline Magnum777

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Re: Continued knee pain after 2nd Meniscus tear op
« on: April 12, 2019, 05:21:57 PM »
Hi there,
I'm 52 years old and in December 2016 I fell off a fence and twisted my knee quite badly. After trying to rehab with the physio I sought futher advice and I had a first arthroscopy in November 2017. Months later I was still in pain so I went back to see the consultant in May 2018. They did another MRI and said that I had reinjured the two initial tears so they suggested another op which I had in August 2018. Its now 8 months later and I'm still in pain, especially on the inside of the knee and I have pulsing pain on the side of the patella. I initially went to a specialist rehab physio and started to do strengthening exercises but I just never saw any improvement. I walk my dog twice a day but recently this has become difficult as I'm now limping and continue to be in pain. I don't understand why I am struggling so much. The consultant has told me if I am in pain I should rest and take the painkillers and anti-inflams but surely that is just masking the problem. The scans showed hardly any wear and tear and he was confident that the second op would give me a significant improvement. Now I wish I had never had either op! I've been told the scar tissue can take a long while to heal but I just don't seem to be getting anywhere. Do I rest, do I accept the pain and work through the exercises the physio gave me? I've had differing opinions from my two consultants and GP with the latter saying I might need a knee replacement. Can anyone help? I'm desperate to get this sorted! Thank you.
PS. I've always been pretty fit and not overweight for my height (6ft 4ins).

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Re: Continued knee pain after 2nd Meniscus tear op
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 05:43:21 PM »
Have you had an X-ray to check the joint space and alignment? MRI won’t show this as clearly

Not sure where you are based but perhaps you can seek out a knee expert physio. Presumably your gait and feet have been checked as well as your muscle flexibility and balance (from hips to feet) to check you’re not putting undue pressure on the knee and patella?
I’d be going back to the physio or finding a different one for a fresh pair of eyes. Your physio should be tailoring your programme through your rehab not just giving you a set of standard exercises to do for ever


Do you walk your dog on uneven ground? Do you wear supportive walking shoes or boots when you do? Have you tried a knee support?

If there’s inflammation in the knee, then RICE and anti inflammatories maybe needed to get it under control, especially if you have a patella femoral syndrome from overuse
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 05:49:40 PM by Vickster »
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Re: Continued knee pain after 2nd Meniscus tear op
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 02:27:08 PM »
Sorry to hear you're still struggling with pain after all this time. I definitely agree with the above comment in terms of seeing a knee specialist physio, ideally somebody who is used to dealing with chronic pain. What kind of exercises did your physio have you doing? Best of luck with your knee.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2019, 09:23:21 PM by Vickster »
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Re: Continued knee pain after 2nd Meniscus tear op
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 02:13:43 PM »
Thanks to you both for your replies and advice... Yes I have been walking the dog on uneven ground but I do wear a knee support and have very good walking boots that I always use.

I have another appointment with the consultant on Wednesday and I was thinking of asking to be referred to a specialist physio but I can't afford a private one so may have to  make do with seeing an NHS one. I get so much differing advice from different health professionals I never know what's best for the knee. The Xray I had last year showed plenty of space between the joints and the first surgeon I went to said that this was a good sign and that recovery time should be 3 months.

What do you think I shoul ask the consultant on Wednesday? Any advice?

Thanks so much!















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