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tiger91
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Running and a torn meniscus


Went to the best ortho here for knees as I'm told today ... got a cortisone shot and he told me to resume all activity tomorrow (running and biking).

Only drawback was he was SO busy that I didn't have time to ask what happens if I continue running and don't fix it (follow up apt in 3 weeks to re-eval ... would like to at least have info to consider). He said the cortisone would make it feel better but obviously not fix it. It's a vertical radial tear; lateral side.

I've been through a course of PT (good one in my area also) and have contacted him with no return call yet.

So any knowledgeable PTs, orthos, whatever who can tell me potential risks? It's "uncomfortable" when I run to the point that I wonder "should I stop now" but not the the point that I NEED to stop. Was planning on training for a half BUT it scares me.

Thanks ... just want to be informed and Doctor was super nice but super packed schedule today ...



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lsuwontonwrap
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re: Running and a torn meniscus


I would think that running on anything that is torn would be a bad idea.





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G Vice
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re: Running and a torn meniscus


Did you see Perry?





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tiger91
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No GV, Duval ... he was fine; they're just so dang busy. My thought process is I'm ok for the most part to 6.2 miles (took more than 7 minutes off of my Cajun cup time this year from last year ... still "slow" by others BY great for me!).

I wanted to do a half in January BUT I'm really afraid once the runs get up to 8 miles (which is this weekend) and of couse longer ... I'm haunted by the pain at the Rock N Roll half in February. But I don't want to have unnecessary surgery either.

Duval said that football players will finish the season out but they'll be repaired in the off season ... does that answer my own question?? I'm waiting to hear back from the PT at MTS.

I so suck at making decisions ... plus my deductible for the year is met. That makes me say DO IT ... but husband says don't let that influence my decision. Um, our ded is HUGE! To start all over Jan 1 would stink but ...



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ClientNumber9
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re: Running and a torn meniscus


Tiger91,

I tore my meniscus and stayed active on it for over a year. I couldn't play sports because I couldn't handle the lateral motion, but I could run in a straight line. I ran in a few 10k/5k races and jogged somewhat aggressively a few times a week.

I finally had the surgery to have the miniscus removed and it caused no additional complications to either the surgical procedure itself or to my body. When I first went in to schedule the procedure, the doctor was so busy I wasn't able t get the surgery for almost 6 weeks. I asked him if I could continue to run and he said it was up to me and my individual pain tolerance.

This was 7 years ago and I've had no knee issues since. Good luck.






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Dash Right Germans
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re: Running and a torn meniscus


All they do for a cartilage tear in surgery is remove the damaged part.

I had mine removed when I was in high school playing basketball. Mine didn't swell after, but still hurts to this day from time to time. I guess it just depends on your pain tolerance and how much is damaged.

If you run on roads and bad surfaces will you hurt it more?? Yes.

Will it be a pain where you can no longer walk/run? No.

Best advice is to build up your quad and hamstring strength. That will help keep everything in your knee in tact.






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Dash Right Germans
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I bet your problem is more mental than your actual knee. Your body will make you stop when it's time. If your knee isn't swelling/throbbing/ you can still walk....you can jog for however many Miles.

But when you are thinking for 7 miles how much your knee will hurt making it to the 8th and onward...your will convince yourself to stop.






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G Vice
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Yes, you answered your own question

If he didn't suggest doing a repair now, he knows it's probably coming at some point in the future, if the doesn't heal enough on its own. Some tears can patch up with scar tissue, but to a limited degree. Only time will tell.

How was the DC run?






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tiger91
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Thanks ... we didn't even get so far as remove or repair ... I have read enough to know that I don't want it removed completely! And the MRI didn't mention anything about arthritis so I'll assume I don't have any at this point. I'm 44.

I can literllay flash back to the pain in February .. no way I want that shite again. I'm not a real wimp but it was close to natural child birth experience.



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tiger91
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DC run was awesome ... the route was NOT flat as I was told .. their "inclines" are HILLS to this Louisiana girl. That one I took 2:35 off my previous best time and then another 2:16 off my Cajun Cup this year (CC was 7+ min better than last year). Thought I was an idiot to pay a good bit of money to go to DC for a 10K but it was a great get away for husband and myself and hey, there were Marines on every corner. Was a great trip/great run indeed.

And I'm guess if it hasn't healed since February, it's not going to. But again, I didn't get to ask these things.






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Dash Right Germans
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Are you sure it's just meniscus then??

That sounds a bit much, but maybe yours is torn pretty good. At your age and what you are doing (not competing to make a living, etc) I wouldn't get it fixed at all, unless it's unbearable. Just find other ways to be active that don't involve ripping your knee to shreds running on crappy surfaces. A road will tear you up. Even to this day, if I'm running I run in the grass or some other surface instead of on the roadway.






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Dash Right Germans
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quote:

d I'm guess if it hasn't healed since February, it's not going to. But


Those things don't heal.






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tiger91
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IDK ... I just know what the MRI says and that yes it could be wrong but I just know that it was horrible at the end of the half.






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Ignignokt
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Had this happen to me playing basketball on both knees. Not at the same time though. About three years apart. I was able to run on it for a while, but it would lock up every so often and I couldn't make cuts on it so I got the meniscus removed. Recovery time was pretty quick.

This was almost 15 years ago and now there is some arthritis pains which the doctor said it would happen later on and would need to get cleaned up.






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tidalmouse
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The 1st time I tore the meniscus in my Rt. knee playing basketball it swelled a lot.When it felt OK I resumed playing.

Sometimes it didn't bother me.Other times it would swell.I ended up having arthroscopic surgery.

I shouldn't have played on it after the original injury because by the time I had surgery it was what the Surgeon called a "Bucket Handle" tear.Torn all the way across.







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Cracker
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re: Running and a torn meniscus


Mine just locks up & I have to have someone straighten my leg out & you can hear & feel a loud pop then it's fine





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jg8623
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I tore my meniscus along with my ACL when I was younger. I ended up having to stay on crutches for 6 months before surgery and by that time the meniscus had healed on its own. Actually about 3 months after the injury I could stand and put pressure on the knee with no pain. If your willing to stay off it for a little while it may heal itself, but like all injuries every one and every person is different.





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MrBlue105
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my miniscus was fricked. I rested it for 3 months, it felt better, but still caught some, so after a couple of weeks of running, I rested it for 2 months and did some PT. Now, it's almost totally healed





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IonaTiger
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quote:

Was a great trip/great run indeed.


I'm happy you enjoyed your DC run.

I cannot help you with your meniscus problem. I had medial meniscus surgery after I graduated from HS in 1969 when I was 17. I was in the hospital for 4 days and in a cast and on crutches for the summer.

That was before arthroscopic surgery. Now, it's an in and out procedure and I understand that you're up and about in no time with a bit of physical therapy.

Good luck, 91!






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tiger91
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Thanks Iona ... nothing like visiting Arlington and the grave of a local soldier with his parents there when we arrived. I hate to see grown men cry ... tugs at my heart strings something terrible.

Loved DC ... stayed in Crystal City though where our friends were staying. Once we figured out the metro, we were good to go!






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