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Old 12-04-2018, 03:34 PM
 
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My relative fell and had surgery for a torn meniscus. It didnít heal right and physical therapy wasnít helping so she had to have another surgery and a few months after the 2nd surgery started physical therapy again. Now almost a year later she says she has back problems due to favoring her knee. She has been out of work for almost a year but everything is paid for by her work because she fell in their parking lot. Does this seem like a normal thing to go through? A year of knee surgeries, physical therapy, now back problems now more physical therapy? I ask because I am doing so much for her now and well as her kids and it starting to take a toll on everyone. We ask her about it but she just says she canít do much yet without help. Yet she drives herself to her appointments.

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Old 12-04-2018, 04:32 PM
 
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My relative fell and had surgery for a torn meniscus. It didn’t heal right and physical therapy wasn’t helping so she had to have another surgery and a few months after the 2nd surgery started physical therapy again. Now almost a year later she says she has back problems due to favoring her knee. She has been out of work for almost a year but everything is paid for by her work because she fell in their parking lot. Does this seem like a normal thing to go through? A year of knee surgeries, physical therapy, now back problems now more physical therapy? I ask because I am doing so much for her now and well as her kids and it starting to take a toll on everyone. We ask her about it but she just says she can’t do much yet without help. Yet she drives herself to her appointments.
It can happen. Soft tissue injuries don't always heal perfectly and they can be re-injured when they are weak. In some ways bone fractures are easier to recover from. If someone injures their knee and ends up non-weight bearing or limping-favoring it for a long period of time their back, the other knee, and their feet can be put under a lot more strain due to the abnormal gait. I also think some people "learn" to become a victim. They have been in pain so they start to fear it. Avoiding pain can convince them they are no longer fully able, friends unintentionally reinforce that by helping, the person feels even more dependent, people help even more, endless cycle. It can be a hard thing to break out of especially if the person is afraid of hurting themselves again.

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Old 12-04-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: First of all often these surgeries are not necessary, but the horse is out of the barn. They have been known to heal on their own.

If she can drive a car and get to her appointments, I would think she can do more for herself, but I don't know her or age etc. If disability compensation is paying that can put a light on people's thinking and doing. And other body areas can be affected by one area being off. Is she doing PT?

I'm left with a mess from hip surgery and knee issues post op of the hip and I gave up my car about a year ago and I have people helping me with getting groceries and a housekeeper once a month to do light work but I keep myself going. I use a walker and don't like where I am but I'm here and would hope that maybe next year after more work from my D.O. I'll walk better. I'm 80,
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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OP: First of all often these surgeries are not necessary, but the horse is out of the barn. They have been known to heal on their own.
Some tears can heal; others will not. It depends on the location of the tear. We do not know the details in the case in the OP.


https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseas...meniscus-tears

"The outside one-third of the meniscus has a rich blood supply. A tear in this 'red' zone may heal on its own, or can often be repaired with surgery. A longitudinal tear is an example of this kind of tear.

In contrast, the inner two-thirds of the meniscus lacks a blood supply. Without nutrients from blood, tears in this 'white' zone cannot heal. These complex tears are often in thin, worn cartilage. Because the pieces cannot grow back together, tears in this zone are usually surgically trimmed away."
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:30 PM
 
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Some tears can heal; others will not. It depends on the location of the tear. We do not know the details in the case in the OP.


https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseas...meniscus-tears

"The outside one-third of the meniscus has a rich blood supply. A tear in this 'red' zone may heal on its own, or can often be repaired with surgery. A longitudinal tear is an example of this kind of tear.

In contrast, the inner two-thirds of the meniscus lacks a blood supply. Without nutrients from blood, tears in this 'white' zone cannot heal. These complex tears are often in thin, worn cartilage. Because the pieces cannot grow back together, tears in this zone are usually surgically trimmed away."
BTDT. Had a meniscus tear several years ago but the tear was to the outside. It took quite a while, but it did heal on its own. As always, YMMV.
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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My relative fell and had surgery for a torn meniscus. It didnít heal right and physical therapy wasnít helping so she had to have another surgery and a few months after the 2nd surgery started physical therapy again. Now almost a year later she says she has back problems due to favoring her knee. She has been out of work for almost a year but everything is paid for by her work because she fell in their parking lot. Does this seem like a normal thing to go through? A year of knee surgeries, physical therapy, now back problems now more physical therapy? I ask because I am doing so much for her now and well as her kids and it starting to take a toll on everyone. We ask her about it but she just says she canít do much yet without help. Yet she drives herself to her appointments.

I have to ask, was she DOING the PT? I ask because my husband had surgery for a torn meniscus and ACL and he did his therapy no matter how painful it was and he stuck to it. It took about a year before he felt like he was equal to pre-injury but he got there. My MIL had knee replacement surgery and fought her PT every step of the way because "it hurt" and still uses a walker most of the time 2 years later. Granted it's two different surgeries but still the rehab isn't going to do itself.
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Old 12-12-2018, 07:21 PM
 
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I have a meniscus tear currently in my left knee and I am about 6 months into it. Getting to where I can walk fairly well at times without pain. Other times, it feels like an ice pick is in my knee. Soft sole cushioned shoes really help. I can get around fairly well, but if I am on my feet for a prolonged period of time, I have to take a break to reset. Have had 3 previous tears in my right knee. They heal, but it takes a long time.
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Old Today, 02:00 PM
 
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I fell yesterday and sprained my knee but pending an MRI I won't know if I tore my Meniscus. Does it heal on it's own or is surgery necessary? I am 47 years old. No swelling or black and blue, nothing fractured or broken according to the ER.
Painful as all hell I tell ya!!
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Old Today, 02:38 PM
 
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Sorry to hear about your fall. Surgery for these issues is almost always elective. Depends on the person and the push from surgeon etc. They are known to heal on their own. I hear enough stories about Prolo healing these injuries.
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Old Today, 02:51 PM
 
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I fell yesterday and sprained my knee but pending an MRI I won't know if I tore my Meniscus. Does it heal on it's own or is surgery necessary? I am 47 years old. No swelling or black and blue, nothing fractured or broken according to the ER.
Painful as all hell I tell ya!!
It may depend on where a tear is and how severe. Some tears heal on their own others need repair. Wait for the results of the MRI. Be conservative, do the ICE approach, and protect your knee in the mean time.
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